Lucasfilm has just announced plans for a live-action “Star Wars” television series, something many fans of “Star Wars” have been eagerly awaiting. But what may not sit well with some of those fans is that the plan is to bring the series to the new Disney direct-to-consumer OTT platform, which is scheduled to launch in 2019.
The plan seems reminiscent of CBS’s recent revival of the “Star Trek” franchise, which became a key selling point for the network’s CBS All Access subscription service. Relegating the new “Star Trek: Discovery” series to CBS All Access hit a raw nerve among many “Star Trek” fans.
The new “Star Wars” series will be executive produced and written by Jon Favreau. “Favreau is no stranger to the ‘Star Wars’ galaxy, having played roles in both the ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ animated series and the upcoming ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story,'” the announcement notes.
Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy comments in the announcement: “I couldn’t be more excited about Jon coming on board to produce and write for the new direct-to-consumer platform. Jon brings the perfect mix of producing and writing talent, combined with a fluency in the ‘Star Wars’ universe. This series will allow Jon the chance to work with a diverse group of writers and directors and give Lucasfilm the opportunity to build a robust talent base.”
The announcement adds: “Disney’s collaborations with Favreau extend back a decade, when he helped launch the Marvel Cinematic Universe as director of ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Iron Man 2’ and as an executive producer of the ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Avengers’ films for Marvel Studios. For Disney, he directed and produced the massively successful ‘The Jungle Book,’ which won an Academy Award for its groundbreaking visual effects. He is currently in production on Disney’s highly anticipated reimagining of ‘The Lion King,’ set for release in 2019.”
The untitled “Star Wars” live-action series does not yet have a release date.