Star Wars TV Series For Disney's Streaming Platform Is In The Works
The Walt Disney Company is developing a few Star Wars TV series for Disney's streaming service. Bob Iger, Disney's CEO, announced the company's plans during the investors meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 6.
Iger revealed that the company is developing not just one, but a few Star Wars series, which are exclusive to the Disney direct-to-consumer app. The company plans to launch the streaming service in late 2019 and the platform is aimed at family viewing. Iger added that Walt Disney is close to being able to reveal at least one of the entities that is developing the series.
However, the final announcement about the Star Wars TV series will be made as soon as the legalities are finalized. Iger assured though that the shows would also tell stories about the Star Wars canon.
"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," Iger said during the earnings call for 2018.
Star Wars Films
Disney's plans to create not just one TV series came up following the announcement that showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benoiff will be making a series of Star Wars films. An investor asked why the Game of Thrones creators did not choose to make TV shows instead.
Iger said that Weiss and Benoiff are more interested in creating stories that are Star Wars based. He revealed that talks about the films have been going on for some time. Iger added that the creators did not express interest in creating a TV 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," Iger mentioned, adding that the showrunners already have a story in mind. They already have an era and place for their Star Wars film.
Iger first announced Disney's plan to make the Star Wars TV series in November. At that time, he also revealed that the streaming service would also feature other shows including the High School Musical series and a Monsters Inc.
It is unclear though if the planned Star Wars TV series are animations or live-action. Likewise, Disney has yet to reveal the name of the untitled streaming service.