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THE SAGA OF THE FORCE => STAR WARS ON TELEVISION => Topic started by: Nicklab on November 10, 2017, 09:20:06 PM

Title: Star Wars Live Action Series (Disney Streaming Service) - Coming in 2019
Post by: Nicklab on November 10, 2017, 09:20:06 PM
It's long been talked about, but it finally seems to be happening:

New ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy in Works With Rian Johnson, TV Series Also Coming to Disney Streaming Service (

About that show:

Disney has closed a deal with director Rian Johnson to develop a new “Star Wars” trilogy, and it is planning a live-action “Star Wars” TV series to air on its entertainment streaming service that is expected to launch by the end of 2019.

Disney chairman-CEO Bob Iger announced the “Star Wars” news during the company’s quarterly earnings call. In addition to the “Star Wars” TV series, Disney is working on TV series adaptations of Pixar’s “Monsters Inc.,” the Disney Channel’s “High School Musical” franchise and an original entry from Marvel.

Of the nascent entertainment-focused streaming service, Iger said Disney would produce four to five original movies a year for the service, in addition to the original TV series. Iger said it would not have traditional advertising in the form of commercials. Sponsorship opportunities may be available, however.

Iger also said he expects the Disney-branded streaming service to be priced “substantially below” Netflix’s $10.99 a month because the service will have less content overall. “The price will reflect that,” he said. “Our goal is to attract as many subs as possible starting out.”

Title: Re: Star Wars Live Action Series (Disney Streaming Service) - Coming in 2019
Post by: Matthew on November 11, 2017, 04:00:01 AM

Both these ideas worry me.  You can always have too much of a good thing.
Title: Re: Star Wars Live Action Series (Disney Streaming Service) - Coming in 2019
Post by: Nicklab on November 11, 2017, 10:20:31 PM
The news of the Rian Johnson helmed trilogy was a shock.  But this announcement coming before the release of THE LAST JEDI speaks volumes of Lucasfilm's confidence in Johnson's work

As for the television series?  I suspected that a new TV series was in the works.  There had been rumblings that another animated TV series might be in development following the end of REBELS.  And there has been a good deal of praise directed towards showrunner Dave Filoni, with a lot of regard for his direct work alongside George Lucas during the run of CLONE WARS.  Now I'm seeing people talking about the possibility of Filoni being a creative force behind this new series.  I do see the potential challenges of someone making the leap from animation to live action.  But I've also seen a great deal of positive feedback from the actors who have worked on REBELS and CLONE WARS about their experiences working with Dave Filoni, and his penchant for strong storytelling, along with his knowledge base in Star Wars.

And then there's the matter of HOW do they pull off a tv series.  I think a shorter run, like we see on cable and streaming services is the way to go.  A 12 or 13 episode run per season works if you're going for an hour long show.  Considering the fact that Disney will be looking at this show as a centerpiece of their new streaming service?  They need to deliver a good show.

So what ground would the story cover?  That seems to be the big question.  Does it cover the Dark Times between ROTS and ANH?  What about the period between ROTJ and TFA, where the fight between the Rebellion and the Empire was going to draw to an end?  The questions seem endless at this point.
Title: Re: Star Wars Live Action Series (Disney Streaming Service) - Coming in 2019
Post by: Nicklab on February 06, 2018, 05:13:40 PM
Disney chief Bob Iger was doing some press today in conjunction with Disney's corporate earnings announcements.  And he had some things to say about Star Wars (

Disney working on ‘a few’ Star Wars series exclusive to stand-alone streaming service

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By Julia Alexander  Feb 6, 2018, 5:16pm EST

Multiple Star Wars series are in the works exclusively for Disney’s upcoming stand-alone streaming service, Disney CEO Bob Iger said today.

Iger made the announcement during an investor call when asked about Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’ involvement in a new series of Star Wars films. Iger said Benioff and Weiss did not express an interest in working on a Star Wars television series, but instead wanted to develop multiple films based on a moment in Star Wars mythology.

“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,” Iger said. “They’re focused on a point in time in Star Wars mythology, and we’re taking it from there.

In addition, Iger said there are “a few Star Wars series specifically” being created for Disney’s upcoming app. Iger didn’t provide any information about any of the series — including whether they’re live-action or animated — but did say that once a deal is finalized on the first series, Disney will make an announcement. The CEO added that “talent on the television front is significant,” and said people will be pleased with the creators the company is talking to.

The news of additional series comes just a few months after Disney confirmed that a live-action Star Wars series, which will be exclusive to the stand-alone streaming app, was in development.

Disney’s stand-alone streaming service will launch in late 2019, Iger said today. The company has not given a subscription price at this time, but the service is expected to cost significantly less than Netflix’s standard $10.99-per-month subscription.