Disney is turning the 2000 film High Fidelity (based on Nick Hornby's novel by the same name) into a TV series for Disney Plus written by Veronica West and Sarah Kucserka. Instead of Rob Gordon (played by John Cusack in the film) as the music-loving everyman, Disney Plus' High Fidelity will feature a female lead. The character, a record store owner, will talk directly to the camera similar to The Office, as she details her past relationships. So, yes, the series will still keep the romantic comedy tone of the movie.
The Clone Wars Season 7
Lucasfilm shocked fans at San Diego Comic-Con 2018 with the announcement that the Star Wars series The Clone Wars was getting more episodes. The show aired from 2008 to 2013 before being abruptly canceled after Disney bought the property. Fans have been clamouring for the rest of the story ever since and Disney Plus looks to be the answer to their prayers. Star Wars: The Clone Wars is returning for season 7, with 12 episodes that will "finish" the Clone Wars' story. A trailer for The Cone Wars season 7 has already been released showing a little of what to expect, including the return of all the fan favorite characters (and their voice actors). For some, this alone is enough of a reason to subscribe to Disney Plus.
High School Musical: The Musical
The High School Musical franchise only started in 2006, but Disney is already looking to turn the mega-popular movies into a TV series for Disney Plus. In fact, the films were so successful, that High School Musical 3 had a theatrical release after the first two aired on the Disney Channel. Since the film's original stars Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens have catapulted to stardom (and are a little too old to be playing high school students anymore) the show will take a fresh look at the franchise, and include both old and original music. More than likely singing and dancing and some kind of sport will be involved. Tim Federle will write and executive produce High School Musical: The Musical, a 10-episode mockumentary starring Joshua Bassett as Ricky.
Untitled Mighty Ducks Series
Ducks fly together and Disney is developing The Mighty Ducks into a TV show for their streaming series. The sports film tells the story of former hockey player Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez in the original) who is forced to coach a local team as part of his community service after getting a DUI. Original trilogy screenwriter Steven Brill will write the script for the new show, while the film's original producer Jordan Kerner is also involved. There is no word yet if any of the original cast members will reprise their roles, but one can always hope for a cameo.
Untitled Monsters, Inc. Series
Disney is also turning Pixar's Monsters, Inc. into a series for Disney Plus. Since Monsters University was a prequel, the events of the show could potentially follow the first movie directly. This would be similar to what Disney did with Big Hero 6, making a series rather than a second movie. Potentially this means they could show what happened to Boo and the world of Monstropolis once they changed to powering their city with children's laughter rather than screams. There is no news about the Monsters, Inc series as of yet, but it's safe to assume it will be animated.
Untitled Muppets Series
Disney is once again attempting to make a Muppets TV show, this time for Disney Plus. In 2015, Disney released The Muppets on ABC, but the mockumentary style show with its more adult tone was canceled after one season. Disney also produced two musical comedy films, The Muppets and Muppets Most Wanted, which were received much more favorably with critics and fans. A search for a writer to take on the new series is currently underway. There is no news about which style this new show will take or the Muppets that will be involved.
Untitled Loki Series
Original movies is good way to get families on board for Disney's new streaming service, but bringing some of the most famous characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe onto Disney Plus is perhaps one of the best things the new platform has going for it - and the Loki TV series is going to be the first one to air. Tom Hiddleston is confirmed to return for Disney Plus' untitled Loki TV series, which was officially confirmed by Disney CEO Bob Iger. It's unclear when the Loki TV series takes place, but it will exist within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Furthermore, it's being billed as a limited series rather than the start of a full-fledged TV show.
Untitled Scarlet Witch Series
Shortly before Disney confirmed the Loki TV series, it was reported that a Scarlet Witch TV series was also in development, with actress Elizebeth Olsen reprising her MCU role as Scarlet Witch in the show. Just like the Loki TV series, the Scarlet Witch series will take place within the MCU and act as a limited series, presumably with up to 10 episodes airing. Moreover, it's been reported that Paul Bettany's Vision will also appear in Scarlet Witch. While it's unclear how big his role would be, it makes sense having him in the series since he and Scarlet Witch's relationship was a key part of Avengers: Infinity War.
Untitled Falcon & Winter Soldier Series
Another live-action Marvel TV series reportedly in development is an untitled Falcon & Winter Soldier series, starring Anthony Mackie as Falcon and Sebastian Stan as Winter Soldier, respectively. Given the camaraderie the two superheroes shared in Captain America: Civil War and again in Avengers: Infinity War, it makes sense that they would be given their own series to potentially develop a buddy-cop-style series.
What's interesting is that both characters take up the mantle of Captain America in Marvel Comics. So, with Chris Evans leaving the MCU after Avengers 4, it makes sense for the untitled Falcon & Winter Soldier series to possibly set up the MCU's next Captain America. Even if it doesn't end up being either of them, a new character could be introduced in the series and then be ported over to the mainline MCU movies.
The Clone Wars won't be the only Star Wars property on Disney Plus. Jon Favreau's The Mandalorian is a 10-episode live-action Star Wars TV show, the first of its kind. Starring Pedro Pascal as the titular Mandalorian and Gina Carano in an unknown role, the Star Wars TV show takes place between the events of Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but before the rise of the First Order.
The Mandalorian season 1 is currently filming, with acclaimed directors such as Dave Filoni and Taika Waititi helming individual episodes. Even though Favreau isn't confirmed to be directing any episodes of The Mandalorian, he is producing the entire series. With a $100 million production budget for season 1, The Mandalorian is one of the most expensive TV shows ever produced, and it's clear that Disney wants this series to anchor the Star Wars content on Disney Plus.
Untitled Rogue One Prequel Series
In a surprising move, Disney announced plans to develop a Rogue One: A Star Wars Story prequel TV series centered on Diego Luna's Cassian Andor, a Rebel who died during the Battle of Scarif alongside Jyn Erso, after they had acquired and shared the Death Star plans with the Rebel Alliance. Since Cassian dies in Rogue One, the Star Wars TV series will be a prequel that focuses on Cassian's early days in the Rebellion. Furthermore, since Cassian was once Fulcrum, it's possible the untitled Rogue One prequel can resolve a Star Wars Rebels plot that fizzled out.
With a mix of new projects, adaptations, and continuations of old favorites, Disney looks to have something for everyone on Disney Plus. The biggest question is: are these projects enough to convince you to subscribe?