The Walt Disney Company’s quarterly earnings name Thursday revealed Disney is creating a brand new trilogy of Star Wars movies with The Last Jedi author and director Rian Johnson in addition to the franchise’s first live-action tv sequence to air completely on Disney’s personal streaming service, launching in 2019.
Disney presently runs the animated Star Wars Rebels — now in its fourth and ultimate season — on Disney XD, additionally house to animated micro-series Star Wars: Forces of Destiny. Despite Star Wars standing amongst Disney’s highest-earning franchises — Star Wars: The Force Awakens earned greater than $2 billion on the worldwide field workplace, and Rogue One greater than a billion — there is a noticeable lack of a galaxy far, distant on the small display screen.
With Disney’s foray into streaming, that is going to vary. Disney’s latest try and buy 21st Century Fox got here, partly, as a way to ambad extra titles to extend the dimensions of their library choices with reveals like Futurama, so it was to be anticipated that Disney would deliver unique new Marvel and Star Wars choices to their streaming service to additional entice potential subscribers. (Disney can also be mining hit franchises like Monsters, Inc. and High School Musical to deliver much more contemporary content material to the stand-alone streaming service.)
Disney launching their very own “Netflix” provides Lucasfilm much more alternative to discover corners of the Star Wars galaxy that the movies cannot — or will not. Rian Johnson’s forthcoming “blank slate” trilogy will transfer away from the Skywalker saga, and Disney has full freedom to launch as many live-action Star Wars sequence as they need, unburdened by any sort of episodic ties or constraints.
That does not imply any Star Wars TV present needs to be TV-MA — though the chance is there, and a extra mature or darker tackle Star Wars is extra prone to hit a streaming service than a movie show — however streaming is not certain by the identical guidelines as a $200 million greenback blockbuster, which has to play issues comparatively “safe.”
Before his 2012, $four billion greenback Lucasfilm sale to Disney, Star Wars creator George Lucas had been engaged on a live-action tv present underneath the working title Star Wars: Underworld. The sequence reportedly had as much as 100 scripts already written, and was described as “much darker, grittier” and as a noir tackle Star Wars. Then-producer Rick McCallum mentioned Underworld was akin to “Deadwood in house” and “Empire [Strikes Back] on steroids.” The sequence would have been set within the seedy underbelly of Coruscant and happen between Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope.
In 2015, Lucasfilm president and producer Kathleen Kennedy mentioned Lucasfilm nonetheless has the Underworld scripts, calling them “something we very much would like to explore.” Disney-owned ABC appeared the plain selection for Underworld to finish up, however then-ABC president Paul Lee informed TVLine in January 2016 that Lucasfilm is “focused on their movies,” with a Lucasfilm consultant confirming by saying Lucasfilm’s “current focus for TV is on animation.”
Things have clearly modified for Lucasfilm, who are actually confirmed to be creating a long-awaited live-action Star Wars tv sequence. No particulars have but to be revealed for the proposed sequence, however we should always anticipate phrase to trickle out quickly sufficient: it is doubtless this Star Wars present — no matter kind it takes — might be a day-one title, and with Disney aiming to launch their streaming service in 2019, Lucasfilm would possibly get improvement underway before we predict. With Kennedy stating Lucasfilm was within the previous Underworld scripts, Disney already has a Star Wars present that could be virtually ready-to-go. Some re-working and sprucing may resurrect Underworld and convey it to audiences after greater than a decade of improvement hell.
Another darker tackle the franchise, Star Wars 1313, was within the works as a online game that was cancelled following the Disney acquisition. Like Underworld, 1313 is shelved — however not useless.
“Our attitude is, we don’t want to throw any of that stuff away,” Kennedy mentioned. “It’s gold. And it’s something we’re spending a lot of time looking at, pouring through, discussing, and we may very well develop those things further. We definitely want to.”
Star Wars 1313 might by no means make it to consoles as a online game, however the idea artwork teased an journey that was gritty and mature — and with Kennedy calling the idea artwork “unbelievable,” it would not be unreasonable to suppose 1313 may discover new life as a tv sequence, live-action or in any other case.
BioWare’s Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is among the many most beloved video games to come back out of the franchise, with many followers praising its unique characters, storyline, writing and epic role-play model battles. Knights of the Old Republic is identifiably Star Wars, nevertheless it takes place far faraway from the Skywalker period: the occasions happen through the time of the traditional Galactic Republic, 4 thousand years earlier than the rise of the Galactic Empire.
“Darth Malak, final surviving apprentice of the Dark Lord Revan, has unleashed an invcincible Sith armada upon an unsuspecting galaxy,” reads the sport’s opening crawl. “Crushing all resistance, Malak’s war of conquest has left the Jedi Order scattered and vulnerable as countless Knights fall in battle, and many more swear allegiance to the new Sith Master.”
An invincible Sith armada, a Sith’s try at galactic domination and the Jedi of their prime would make for a terrific film sequence — however it could make for an even higher serial tv present. A Knights of the Old Republic tv present may even rival Game of Thrones — particularly with Disney supplying the funds — so the likelihood ought to not less than be on the desk, even when it is a pipe dream.
Another adaptation that might make its option to Disney's streaming service is the story of Starkiller, aka Galen Marek, the apprentice of Darth Vader. Starkiller first appeared because the playable protagonist of the Star Wars: The Force Unleashed online game, which occurred between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.
Like Rogue One, a tv sequence centered round Malek could be a possibility for Disney to return to the Original Trilogy period of Star Wars — essentially the most beloved period of the franchise — and could be a option to make the most of Darth Vader with out really resurrecting the character.
Disney's streaming service is a way for Disney to change into "a viable player in the direct-to-consumer space, a space that we all know is a very compelling space to be in," as said by Iger, and an unique and unique Star Wars sequence — or a number of — could be a manner for Disney to say itself in that house. No matter what kind the just-announced live-action Star Wars TV present will take, it ought to be anticipated to be the primary of many — and the probabilities are as expansive and as limitless because the universe.
Disney and Lucasfilm will subsequent launch Star Wars: The Last Jedi, episode eight of the Star Wars saga, to theaters on December 15.