Not long ago, Lucasfilm announced that Jon Favreau would be producing and writing a live-action TV series for Disney’s new streaming platform. Although details on what the series will be about have been scarce, it seems that filming for the series is anticipated to start in fall or winter, only a few short months away.
Considering Solo‘s disappointing box office numbers, it makes sense that Disney would want to focus on pushing out new content to keep fans engaged. While Solo‘s lackluster reception has been blamed on many different factors, some believe that many chose to skip out on Solo due to the controversial The Last Jedi film that was released last December. While a box office win for the franchise, the film left fans split down the middle, and pushing out new content could help win back some fans who were disappointed by the direction of the sequel trilogy, and may turn their backs on Episode IX as well.
It would also help to secure Disney’s future as a serious contender in the streaming industry, along the likes of HBO, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. Besides Star Wars, Disney is also planning on pursuing other original live action shows for their platform. Marvel’s included in that list, but Disney also has several original feature films planned as well. The popularity of both franchises could be enough to boost Disney’s streaming service to be a serious contender in the industry.
In the meantime, fans are looking forward to what Favreau envisions for our galaxy far, far away. He served as the director for both Iron Man and Iron Man 2, and also directed the critically acclaimed The Jungle Book, which won an Academy Award for its visual effects. Considering he also did work on The Clone Wars animated series and Solo, he seems like a good fit to help carry Star Wars beyond Episode IX and into the future of the saga as a whole.
Unfortunately no release date has been announced for the series, but many expect it to drop in late 2019, with a trailer for the show anticipated at Star Wars Celebration Chicago in April 2019.