As if news that the Game of Thrones creative team is about to get its own crack at the Star Wars movie-verse isn’t enough, Disney has just dropped a second major reveal: the studio has more than one Star Wars television project planned for its forthcoming streaming service. In fact, there may be a small handful of Star Wars TV projects in Disney's digital pipeline.
Word of Disney’s multi-pronged approach to adapting Star Wars for the small screen came during early reports from company CEO Bob Iger’s most recent earnings call, in which he told investors the studio is “developing not just one, but a few Star Wars series specifically for the Disney direct to consumer app,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Iger also told investors that the studio’s not far off from revealing specific information about the first of those shows, predicting that “the level of talent … on the television front will be rather significant as well.”
If this double dose of Star Wars news feels a little like deja vu, that’s because it’s not the first time Disney’s handed us two big bombshells at once. Back in November of 2017, Disney dropped the mic by announcing plans not only for an all-new, Rian Johnson-helmed Star Wars film trilogy, but a live-action streaming TV show, as well.
Earlier reports already have shown that Disney plans to take the streaming fight to Netflix on both price and premium content, with Iger promising Disney’s digital service will significantly undercut Netflix’s monthly subscription rate while offering a smaller, but well curated, boutique of first-run content.
Disney’s commitment to the super-premium model encompasses its current and future lineup of Marvel TV programming (which Disney eventually plans to pull from Netflix), as well as newly-developed streaming shows based on Monsters, Inc., High School Musical, and — you guessed it — Star Wars.
For now, we still don’t know whether the other streaming Star Wars shows Iger mentioned will emerge as additional live-action series, animated-CGI programs, or even something in the anthology or standalone film vein.
What we do know, though, is that the latest Star Wars info dump comes as plans for Disney’s subscription platform seem gradually to be solidifying. Along with all the fresh Star Wars announcements, the studio revealed late 2019 as its target date for the launch of its still-unnamed streaming service.