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Disney is developing live-action ‘Star Wars’ and Marvel shows for its streaming service
Lucasfilm announced plans for a new movie trilogy with Rian Johnson late Thursday, but we’ll soon have even more Star Wars to look forward to.
In Disney’s quarterly earnings call, CEO Bob Iger said that it will create several TV shows that will air exclusively on Disney’s streaming service. The streaming service won’t debut until 2019, but Disney already has a planned lineup of exclusive content, which includes a live-action Star Wars TV show (previously every other Star Wars show has been animated), a live-action Marvel TV show, and two other shows related to Monster’s Inc. and High School Musical.
“Our advantage as a company is to take advantages that exist out there for good television and take advantage of it,” Iger said, according to Polygon.
Disney already has an expansive library for when the streaming service launches, but it also plans to entice viewers with exclusive content. It’s similar to how CBS has used shows like The Good Fight and Star Trek: Discovery to get people to sign up for CBS All Access. While the only other Star Wars TV show, Star Wars Rebels, is ending soon, that’s not the case for Marvel, which has several shows airing or in the works on sister and rival networks.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. still airs on ABC. Netflix has five shows (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Punisher) and the Defenders miniseries. Hulu is about to debut Runaways. Freeform will air Cloak and Dagger next year while New Warriors is searching for a new home after Freeform couldn’t fit it on its schedule.
It’s rather early into the process, so it’s unclear just how Disney’s plan to bring exclusive Marvel and Star Wars shows to its streaming service will affect the shows already being made. But the new exclusive shows offer another way to tempt viewers who likely already have multiple streaming subscriptions to add one more.
Michelle Jaworski is a staff writer and the resident Game of Thrones expert at the Daily Dot. She covers entertainment, geek culture, and pop culture and has brought her knowledge to conventions like Con of Thrones. She is based in New Jersey.