Production of the fourth season of "The Mandalorian" has been given a start date of November, according to the June 1st listing of Production Weekly.
The series had been due to begin filming in September, but the ongoing Writers' Guild of America (WGA) strike, is continuing to wreak havoc across productions in the US and worldwide, as the writers strive to get what is rightfully theirs.
The WGA strike began on May 2. More than 11,000 members of the WGA Writers are taking action over pay and a greater share of the profits from streaming services.
They are also campaigning for a higher salary floor and would like reassurances regarding fears on the use of artificial intelligence in scriptwriting, asking the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers for a guarantee that it won’t be “used as source material,” thereby negating the need for actual writers.
The WGA strike is still ongoing as AMPTP's unwillingness to negotiate with writers on issues such as fair pay.
Hitting a target the size of "The Mandalorian" is a huge victory for the WGA and their writers, because the show is their biggest breakout hit and delays affect Disney where it hurts most, their bottom line.
Executive producer Rick Famuyiwa had previously disclosed the ongoing plans for the fourth season, which had already been written. Of course, a script has to change even during filming, which cannot be done during a strike - hence the hefty delay.
"I mean look I don’t think it’s a secret that Jon Favreau is excited about continuing to tell stories, he’s written Season 4. I don’t know I’d be shocked if they just stopped making them at this point. But yeah, I think that just the way shows come together, and the process around the shows, I know that they’re deep into starting the prep and the pre-production process. Now exactly when it goes to lens and things start to shoot, I don’t know…"