March 8, 2018
Lucasfilm on March 8 announced that Jon Favreau will executive produce and write a live-action “Star Wars” series for the Walt Disney Co.’s new streaming service, which is expected to bow in 2019 as a competitor to Netflix.
Favreau played roles in both the “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” animated series and in the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story movie, scheduled to open theatrical on May 25.
“I couldn’t be more excited about Jon coming on board to produce and write for the new direct-to-consumer platform,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement. “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.”
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 live-action The Jungle Book, which won an Academy Award for its visual effects. He is currently in production on Disney’s “reimagining” of The Lion King, set for release in 2019.
The untitled “Star Wars” live-action series does not yet have a release date.
Disney in August 2017 said it will end its current distribution deal with Netflix and launch its own streaming service sometime in 2019.
At the time, Disney said its streaming service would be the “exclusive home in the U.S. for subscription-video-on-demand viewing,” with a launch menu that includes Toy Story 4 and a sequel to Frozen. The service also will offer “original movies, TV shows, [and] short-form content,” Disney said, along with older Disney and Pixar movies and shows from Disney’s TV channels.