Iron Man director Jon Favreau's relationship with Disney continues to strengthen, as SYFY WIRE has learned he will write and executive-produce a new live-action Star Wars series for the House of Mouse. The project will be available on Disney's upcoming direct-to-consumer platform, which one suspects is their streaming service announced a while back.
Favereau, currently filming the live-action Lion King remake, is excited to get in on all the action in a galaxy far, far away, saying:
“If you told me at 11 years old that I would be getting to tell stories in the Star Wars universe, I wouldn’t have believed you," he said in a statement. "I can’t wait to embark upon this exciting adventure.”
“I couldn’t be more excited about Jon coming on board to produce and write for the new direct-to-consumer platform,” added Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. “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.”
The man who helped kick off the Marvel Cinematic Universe and directed the groundbreaking Jungle Book re-imagining is no stranger to the world of Star Wars. In the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, he voiced the Mandalorian Death Watch leader Pre Vizsla and will have an alien voice role in Solo: A Star Wars Story (out May 25).
No date has been set for his live-action series, although he is the second high-profile Hollywood player to be hired by Lucasfilm. Last month, it was announced that HBO's Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss would writer and produce a new Star Wars film series for the company.