The House of Mouse is heading to a galaxy far, far away . . . again.
Ever since Disney acquired the rights to Star Wars in 2012, the studio has done all it can to expand the universe. There’s the highly successful reboot that began with 2015’s Episode VII:The Force Awakens, an untitled Han Solo project, and 2016’s Rogue One. So far, the released projects have been received well by audiences and critics alike. Following the success of these films, Disney is showing no signs of stopping as it dropped a huge bombshell early this week: a live-action Star Wars series spin-off is in the works.
Disney Announces Live-Action Star Wars Series and 3 More Star Wars Films
Disney didn’t shell out $4 billion on a Lucas film for nothing. During a phone call with investors last Thursday, Disney’s CEO, Bob Iger, confirmed the rumors that a live-action Star Wars series in the works for their upcoming streaming service. Other shows that will be released through the mass media company’s streaming service are series based on other Disney hits like Monsters, Inc. and High School Musical. A separate High School Musical is already in the works for Disney Channel.
The announcement of the Star Wars series comes a day after Disney announced a new Star Wars film trilogy, totally detached from the Luke Skywalker story that’s recently hit cinemas. The Last Jedi‘s Rian Johnson will return to write the franchise, although it remains unclear if he’ll be involved in the live-action series.
The latest Star Wars installment, The Last Jedi, is poised to hit theaters this coming December.
Disney streaming service to launch in 2019
Aside from the big Star Wars news, Iger announced that Disney will produce at least four original movies a year for their still-unnamed streaming service. So how much will this streaming service cost subscribers? According to Iger, audiences can expect the monthly fee to be below the $10.99 charge by Netflix. The starting price is reflective to the fact that the service will have less content than its competitors.
The business move comes after Disney experienced a huge loss in viewership after a majority of their audience turned to streaming services like Netflix. In hopes of luring audiences back, the company will roll out their own streaming service by 2019.