Last year, we heard that Disney had one Star Wars TV show in the pipeline for its upcoming digital streaming service. Now comes word that multiple series are being planned for the platform.
The Hollywood Reporter cites remarks made by Disney CEO Bob Iger during an earnings call today, where he said that the company is pouring resources into producing all-new Star Wars television:
We are developing not just one, but a few Star Wars series specifically for the Disney direct to consumer app. 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.
Rumblings of live-action Star Wars TV shows have made the rounds for years for a while, even before the most recent plans were divulged last November. While none of those past efforts came to fruition, this last charge is different because Star Wars would be a major draw for people on the fence about plunking down money for yet another digital delivery platform. Just like the ever-increasing stream of movies it’s planning to make, it’s in Disney’s best interest to make a TV show happen. We’re probably looking at a when-not-if scenario, folks.