Disney Has Multiple ‘Star Wars’ TV Series In The Works!
We discovered back in November last year that Disney had its sights set on a live-action ‘Star Wars’ tv series for their new streaming service. Now it seems, there may be more than one.
According to Disney CEO Bob Iger, they are “developing not just one, but a few Star Wars series specifically for the Disney direct-to-consumer app,” he commented in an investor call yesterday. Unfortunately, he can’t go into further details yet. “We’ve mentioned that and we are close to being able to reveal at least one of the entities that are developing that for us,” he continues. “Because the deal isn’t completely closed, we can’t be specific about that. I think you’ll find the level of talent on the television front will be rather significant as well.”
This news lands just the day after it was announced that ‘Game Of Thrones’ showrunners/creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss would be creating a series of new Star Wars movies for the big screen. When questioned if they would be involved in a tv show too Iger responded “Their interest was in creating a series of films that are Star Wars-based and we’ve actually been talking to them for a long time. To my knowledge, they didn’t express interest in creating a series. They have an idea for a number of films and at some later date, I’m sure we’ll disclose to all of you just what those are. They are focused on a point in time in the Star Wars mythology and taking it from there.”
Given the Star Wars franchise is essentially a license to print money for ‘The Mouse’, it really shouldn’t be any huge shock that Disney is looking to build up a number of shows based on the hugely popular brand for the new streaming service. I would say the likelihood is quite high that at least one of these new shows will be an animated series from ‘Star Wars: Rebels’ and ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ creator Dave Filoni.
What will be interesting is whether they will release more live-action Star Wars shows. The current slate of Marvel/Netflix shows have been confirmed as staying on Netflix, but given how well that model worked, could Disney be looking to recreate it in Star Wars for their own service? It’s a trickier prospect, as you don’t really have the same group of interconnected characters like you do with ‘The Defenders’, but it could still be workable.
Disney’s new streaming service / direct-to-consumer app isn’t due for release until 2019, and we still don’t know if it’ll be US only or worldwide. However, they have said it will be priced at a lower price-point than Netflix. We’ll let you know when we hear more.