Disney plans new Star Wars prequel series


Disney announced earlier today a new Star Wars Live-Action Series for their streaming service.

Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger revealed the name of the service during a live audio call earlier this week, saying that Disney+ is scheduled to launch in the U.S. in late 2019.

On the earnings call, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger said that content on Disney's new app will be segmented by the five brands that will be showcased on the service: Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and NatGeo. "We have a fantastic adventure ahead of us, and this new exciting format will give us the chance to explore this character more deeply", the 38-year-old said. The company has also greenlit a second Star War series and a Marvel production based on Loki. For starters, it seems we got the name wrong as it's not Disney Play but rather Disney+. Outside of that, an exact release date hasn't been confirmed, nor has a monthly subscription cost.

The God of Mischief will officially live again on Disney+, and Tom Hiddleston is celebrating his return. Lucasfilm is developing the series, which will go into production next year. Diego Luna had the following to say in the Disney announcement.

Profit at Disney's movie studio more than doubled to £457 million ($596m) thanks to hits such as "Ant-Man and the Wasp" and 'Incredibles 2'. The film's original star Diego Luna will topline it as Cassian Andor. It's not yet clear what this spells for channels now in place across satellite and cable services, but it does suggest that at least some original non-fictional programming should be headed to Disney+.

Disney is trying to transform itself into a broad-based digital entertainment company as over the years audiences moved to streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime. But in order to properly compete with the existing major streaming giants, Disney has to bring in its own movie and series originals made specifically for the service, giving it a further edge of exclusivity for potential subscribers.

Are you excited for the upcoming Star Wars' show?