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Disney is planning ‘Star Wars’ series for its streaming platform
Between the new Solo trailer and news that Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss would be working on a new series of Star Wars films, it’s already been a busy week in the Star Wars universe. But now Disney CEO Bob Iger has revealed to investors during an earnings call Tuesday that there might be even more Star Wars series in the hopper.
“We are developing not just one, but a few Star Wars series specifically for the Disney direct-to-consumer app,” Iger said. “We’ve mentioned that and we are close to being able to reveal at least one of the entities that is developing that for us. Because the deal isn’t completely closed, we can’t be specific about that. I think you’ll find the level of talent … on the television front will be rather significant as well.”
Little is known about those “few Star Wars series” aside from the fact that Iger said that they’re in development. It’s also unclear how many of those TV series would be live-action versus animation like previous animated TV shows Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, and that’s if any of them are picked up by Disney.
Iger also hinted a little bit about what Benioff and Weiss are working on, noting that they wouldn’t be working on those TV shows but rather a film series.
“Their interest was in creating a series of films that are Star Wars-based and we’ve actually been talking to them for a long time,” Iger added. “To my knowledge, they didn’t express interest in creating a series. They have an idea for a number of films and at some later date, I’m sure we’ll disclose to all of you just what those are. They are focused on a point in time in the Star Wars mythology and taking it from there.”
According to Iger, Disney’s streaming service will launch in late 2019.
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.