This week marked the anniversary of the Star Wars Holiday Special, the fabled 1978 TV turd that found Chewie, Han, Luke, and Leia celebrating "Life Day" alongside a bunch of C-list celebrities and holographic rock stars. Oh, and the family Chewbacca cruelly abandoned in order to travel the galaxy with Harrison Ford. The production was famously a mess, with budget problems, actors passing out thanks to sub-par alien costumes, and George Lucas creeping out the writers' room with stories about how Han Solo has totally had sex with a Wookie. (But sure everybody, The Last Jedi tarnished the brand.)
While most of us just pretend that this abomination doesn't exist, Disney might actually take another shot at making a holiday special set in a galaxy far, far away. Why? Apparently The Mandalorian director and CGI lion tamer Jon Favreau is a big fan of the original. Which is why The Mandalorian features a few unsubtle nods to the infamous special, including a shout-out to Life Day. Plus the titular character wields that tuning fork-gun doohickey cartoon Boba Fett used.
While promoting the series a few months back, Favreau casually mentioned that he "would love to do a Holiday Special" and he should "pitch that to Disney Plus." At the time, this just seemed like the kind of pithy banter you might expect from the fourth-billed star of Four Christmases. But now it appears as though he's legit serious about making a new Star Wars Holiday Special. According to Favreau: "I've been thinking about it. It's ready, the ideas are ready." He even has specific actors in mind for this hypothetical project, including someone from "an upcoming episode of [The Mandalorian]". Of course, it remains to be seen whether Disney will be into the idea and greenlight the project. Sadly, we may never learn who emerged victorious in the noble battle against "The Frizzies."
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