Earlier in November, when he was on a quarterly earnings conference call, Disney’s CEO Bob Iger shared some big news, disclosing that the studio was readying a Star Wars Live-Action TV Show, for which fans have spent years in wait. Another fiscal quarter went by, and Bob Iger was again on an earnings call a short while back, during which he disclosed about the development of “a few” fresh shows from the Star Wars franchise, which will be aired on the upcoming Disney streaming service set to debut in 2019. This is what Bob Iger had said during that earnings call.
“We are developing not just one, but a few Star Wars series specifically for the Disney direct-to-consumer app. We’ve mentioned that and we are close to being able to reveal at least one of the entities that is developing that for us. 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.”
The initial announcement about the Disney streaming service had come last year and has been the subject of a great many discussions ever since. Once Disney’s deal with Netflix is over, the Star Wars films will be relocated from Netflix to the currently unnamed streaming platform, however, despite contradictory rumors, it was reported in November that the ongoing Marvel TV shows on Netflix wouldn’t be moving to the new service. Disney is set to unveil the streaming service late next year, and that might coincide with the release of Star Wars Episode IX on December 20, 2019, with Disney already starting the process of removing the Marvel films from Netflix. As far as television is concerned, they are already working on a few shows.
During the conference call in November, Bob Iger hinted at plans to create original shows inspired by film franchises such as Monsters Inc., High School Musical and a totally new original Marvel show. Sadly, Bob Iger didn’t divulge any further details about the Disney streaming service, but, it was discovered last month that a new original show based on the Mighty Ducks is also in development. ABC Signature Studios, which focuses on creating cable and streaming shows, is readying the show for the upcoming Disney streaming service with writer Stevel Brill and producer Jordan Kerner, who had both also been a part of the first Mighty Ducks film which set up the franchise. The upcoming streaming service might also get a boost from the mega-deal between Disney and Fox which will include a sizeable chunk of TV properties of Fox.
Rumors have been doing rounds about a Star Wars live-action show for a number of years, and in 2016, reports surfaced about ABC working on a new series, but, no further updates have emerged about that project progressing further. Since the successful animated series Star Wars Rebels has come to an end, talk has been going on about a fresh Lucasfilm animated series being in the works too. If that happens, it would be interesting to see whether the new show will be made for Disney XD or the upcoming streaming service. You can visit The Hollywood Reporter to know more about the Disney earnings call.