On Getting the Job
Muro had known Dave Filoni (Executive Producer of Forces of Destiny) for many years when they had worked for Nickelodeon together. She went in to talk with Carrie Beck (Vice President of Animation Development), Josh Rimes (Creative Executive at Lucasfilm Animation), and the rest of the Lucasfilm Story Group, and together, they developed what the micro-series would be about and what it was going to accomplish.
“Writing for Leia and Star Wars is a dream come true,” she said.
On the Show’s Themes
Forces of Destiny will be hopeful and send positive messages to the younger audience, touching on themes that we’ve seen throughout Star Wars over the years.
“There’s nothing shoved down anyone’s throats,” she said. “It’s really all the messages that’s always been there for Star Wars. It’s about helping each other and having people’s backs and stepping forward and being a hero. What does that mean to be a hero?”
On the Benefits and Challenges
While working on the series, she said she was fortunate to collaborate with Filoni, Beck, Rimes, and the rest of the Story Group. The team guided her throughout the project, and some of the key things she had to keep in mind while writing were that the various storylines had to operate within canon and that there had to be a sense of continuity.
“The challenge is making sure we tell that story well in 2 to 3 minutes, but I think we did a great job with that,” she said, while also mentioning that she wished she could tell longer stories.
Additionally, with any project, there is the challenge of balancing various characters.
“With all the different characters, I think we just tried to find a thread of a theme of what [are] the similarities and differences in these characters and it’s really just that they’re all heroes. It’s finding those heroic moments and kind of bringing that theme to the table for everybody.”
On Taking Artistic Liberties
In terms of taking freedoms while writing, it was a matter of her and the rest of the team putting ideas on the table in order to see which ones worked and which ones didn’t work as well as which ones were preferred and which ones had to be placed aside.
“It was a good balance of being careful and having freedom,” she said.
On the Research and Thought Process
Each character and story takes place in a different setting, so she researched the various time periods as well as who the characters would be interacting with and what sort of tasks they set out to do within the universe.
She also mentioned how Filoni had worked with George Lucas for many years, and when it came to approaching this project, he and the others in the crew would always be cautious and respectful and would ask themselves if George would do something one way or the other, whether he’d go in this direction or that direction.
On the Struggle for Equality
Muro mentioned Tiya Sircar’s point from Star Wars Celebration Orlando during the Heroines of Star Wars panel. Sircar said that the more female characters are created, the less we have to champion the cause because the hope is that in the future, a balance and a sense of equality would have been reached.
It is Muro’s hope that the more creators incorporate diversity of all aspects into storytelling, the more normal it would be and distinctive titles, like “female director” and “female-directed movie,” would cease to exist.
The Star Wars: Forces of Destiny shorts will debut later this summer through Disney’s YouTube Channel. Eight additional shorts will premiere in the fall on the Disney Channel.
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