The first venture into live-action Star Wars TV has already met crime worthy of the scruffiest smuggler in the galaxy. Less that a week after George Lucas himself stopped by set, Jon Favreau’s upcoming space western The Mandalorian suffered a grand theft from its studio.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the MBS Media Campus in Manhattan Beach reported a “grand theft” to the police at 11 a.m. yesterday. It wasn’t disclosed what exactly was taken, but it was items from the Lucasfilm set — though they were “nothing of substance.”
It seems unlikely that they were Death Star plans, swiped Boba Fett helmets, or George Lucas’ wallet contents. However, according to the California Penal Code, grand theft in the state means property valued over $950. Or "farm products including domestic fowl and crops with a value of over $250," but we're betting it's the first one.
The show — which will feature directors including Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, Deborah Chow, and Dave Filoni — will focus on a lone gunslinger Mandalorian, who will traverse the narrative gap between the final film of the original trilogy and the first film of the current trilogy. The eight-episode show will hit Disney’s streaming service next year, as long as its set doesn’t run into any more hiccups.
That facility is also home to James Cameron’s Avatar production company, Lightstorm Entertainment, and other high-profile targets. After an Iron Man suit heist back in May, there is a growing trend of bigger-budget Hollywood projects becoming the targets of thefts. These thefts may be aiming at collectible, nerdy items that have seen big numbers at the auction houses in recent years -- often hitting six figures or higher for items associated with properties like Star Wars -- though those items are often meticulously sourced.
The case is still under investigation.