Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau has been selected to write and produce a forthcoming live action show for Star Wars, which will premiere on the unnamed Disney video streaming platform, Lucasfilm announced today. .
In November, Disney announced two projects: a new trilogy of films written by The Last Jedi's director, Rian Johnson, and a live action show for the company's next broadcast service, which is expected to launch in some next year's time. Disney also announced last month that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss is developing his own series of films. In addition to a Star Wars program, Disney has also said that the broadcast service will have other original content from its various participations, including a live-action Marvel show.
Favreau is no stranger to Disney. He directed the live action version of The Jungle Book in 2016 and is currently filming a live action adaptation of The Lion King, which will be released in 2019. He also directed the original Iron Man movies, before Disney acquired Marvel. Favreau has been involved with the Star Wars franchise as a voice actor, playing Pre Vizsla in the Clone Wars animated series, and an extraterrestrial in the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story.
The president of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, says: "This series will allow Jon the opportunity to work with a diverse group of writers and directors and will give Lucasfilm the opportunity to build a solid base of talents." The company did not announce more details about the Favreau series or a release date.
A live action show set in the Star Wars universe has been a long-term project for Lucasfilm. While the company has set up two hugely successful animated shows, The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels (which just ended), George Lucas said in 2005 that he was working on a series set in the galactic capital of Coruscant, but that project was abandoned years later because of its huge budget. Now that Disney owns the company, it makes sense to create an original series for its broadcast service. Favreau is a writer, director and actor with a solid resume, which should help Disney to offer a program that has great appeal to attract customers as it makes its way into a field already crowded with video streaming companies.