Jon Favreau has signed to write and produce a live-action Star Wars series for Disney’s upcoming streaming media service.
According to Deadline, Lucasfilm announced earlier this morning that Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Jungle Book) is on board to write and produce one of the live-action Star Wars series being developed for Disney’s streaming media service. Favreau is no stranger to Disney, having directed the first two Iron Man films, Jungle Book and the upcoming live-action Lion King, and is also a huge fan of Stars wars having roles in both The Clone Wars animated series and Solo: A Star Wars Story due out in May. Here’s what Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy had to say, courtesy of Deadline:
“I couldn’t be more excited about Jon coming on board to produce and write for the new direct-to-consumer platform. 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.”
Jon Favreau added the following:
“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. I can’t wait to embark upon this exciting adventure.”
There is no news yet of what the series will be about, but it’s anticipated the series will be available on Disney’s new streaming media service for its planned launch in 2019. Since Disney purchased Lucasfilm they have aimed to greatly expand the universe. While the films released thus far have stuck to the Skywalker story (The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi) or spinoffs following characters or events from the original trilogy (Rogue One and Solo coming out in May), there has been recent reports of an unconnected trilogy in the works by director Rian Johnson and a series of films being developed by Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
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