Jon Favreau will executive produce and write a live-action Star Wars series for Disney's upcoming streaming service. Lucasfilm brought the galaxy far, far away back in a huge way in 2015 with The Force Awakens, and they haven't showed any signs of slowing down. They continue to expand the franchise, looking well beyond the traditional Skywalker saga for the future. On the film side of things, The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson is developing a new trilogy, while Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were recently handed their own movie series.
Lucasfilm has their sights set on the small screen as well. There should be a new animated series to take the place of the wrapped Rebels at some point, but they're also looking to get into live-action television. The Mouse House is launching their own streaming service in 2019, and they've made their intentions clear Star Wars will be a big part of it. Now, we know who will be responsible for spearheading this endeavor.
In a press release, Lucasfilm announced Favreau will executive produce and write the untitled series, which currently does not have a release date. Studio president Kathleen Kennedy had this to say about the development:
“I couldn’t be more excited about Jon coming on board to produce and write for the new direct-to-consumer platform. 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 is no stranger to Star Wars, having played roles in the Clone Wars animated series and this summer's Solo. However, this is the first time he's served as a creative on a project in the franchise, which is quite exciting. As a director, his résumé includes genre hits like Iron Man (the film that started the MCU) and Disney's live-action Jungle Book remake. He's also calling the shots on a new Lion King, which is due in theaters next summer. While no marketing materials have been released to the public yet, a sizzle reel from D23 went over very well with attendees. Favreau's filmmaking sensibilities should prove to be an excellent fit for Star Wars, and it will be fascinating to see what stories he chooses to tell.
Some people will be disappointed that Favreau is yet another white man getting a Star Wars project, but Kennedy specifically mentions "a diverse group of writers and directors" he will be working with. This indicates it's part of their plan to bring in a wide variety of talent to inject fresh perspectives and ideas in the long-running franchise. It's also interesting Lucasfilm is using this series as a means to build a "talent base," suggesting whoever get involved with the show may have other opportunities down the line as Star Wars continues to grow.
We'll keep you updated on the Star Wars streaming series as more information becomes available.