This week Star Wars fans had to say goodbye to the animated-series “Star Wars: Rebels,” but now they have a new, live-action series to look forward to. Lucasfilm confirmed today that Emmy-nominated producer and actor Jon Favreau will executive produce and write a brand-new live-action Star Wars series.
While details on the new series is limited, it was confirmed that the show will be part of Disney’s new direct-to-consumer platform. Star Wars fans will want to make sure they are signed up to the service, but Disney stopped short of announcing a release date for the new Star Wars series. It’s not exactly a surprise that Disney would use the Star Wars franchise as an anchor for the new service, but it does mean that fans will have to sign-up for yet another subscription service. Favreau played a role in the animated-series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” and is expected to appear in the upcoming film “Solo: A Star Wars Story”.
“I couldn’t be more excited about Jon coming on board to produce and write for the new direct-to-consumer platform,” says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. “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.”
Favreau added, “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.”
Star Wars ins’t the only Disney property that Favreau has been a part of, the actor helped launch the first Marvel Cinematic Universe films. Favreau directed both “Iron Man and “Iron Man 2,” and served as an executive producer on the “Iron Man” and “Avengers” films. It’s safe to say that the new Star Wars series is in some very capable hands at the moment.
Recently, Favreau directed and produced the “The Jungle Book” for Disney. The film was an instant hit, opening at number-one with a $100M weekend, and went on to make over $966M worldwide. The live-action/CGI hybrid took home an Academy Award for visual effects. Favreau will also direct “The Lion King,” remake, which is releasing in 2019.