Disney CEO Bob Iger says there are more Star Wars TV shows in development for Disney+. With the Star Wars movies going on a short hiatus following this December's The Rise of Skywalker, Lucasfilm is turning to the small screen to keep the franchise at the forefront of the zeitgeist. When Disney+ launches next week, fans will be able to watch the first episode of The Mandalorian. Lucasfilm is also working on a Rogue One prequel starring Diego Luna and an Obi-Wan Kenobi miniseries with Ewan McGregor for the streaming platform.
For all the talk about Disney acknowledging they rushed out new Star Wars content in the wake of the Lucasfilm purchase, they have three separate shows coming through the pipeline. In addition to the bevy of Marvel Cinematic Universe shows on the way, that gives Disney+ a healthy lineup of original programming to draw in subscribers. But the Mouse House isn't stopping there, and it sounds like they're cooking up more series behind-the-scenes.
THR's Aaron Couch took to Twitter to share comments made by Iger, revealing there are other Star Wars TV shows coming together at the studio:
Bob Iger notes that beyond the 3 #StarWars series we know of, there are "more in development for Disney+"— Aaron Couch (@AaronCouch) November 7, 2019
Of course, it's unknown what those series could be, but in a universe as expansive as Star Wars, the possibilities are endless. Seeing that Lucasfilm reworked the planned Obi-Wan anthology film into a miniseries, perhaps they could do the same with whatever Solo: A Star Wars Story followups that were on the table. Per typical industry practice, star Alden Ehrenreich signed a three-picture deal with Lucasfilm, but with Solo underwhelming at the box office, it's unlikely the spinoff receives any movie sequels. But a streaming TV show could be a good outlet if Lucasfilm has more young Han Solo stories they want to tell. Despite Solo's commercial performance, the #MakeSolo2Happen hashtag went viral earlier this year, so there's fan interest in some kind of project.
The primary reason details are so scant at the moment is because Disney isn't ready to announce anything just yet. "In development" is a rather vague term that implies something isn't too far along. In all likelihood, studio heads have had preliminary discussions about what else they can do, seeing if any of the ideas stick and grow into a strong foundation for a show. It remains to be seen when more information comes out, but it's clear Lucasfilm sees Disney+ as a vast playground that provides numerous opportunities. And with The Mandalorian earning positive reviews ahead of its premiere, perhaps Star Wars can have a fruitful future on the streaming service.
Source: Aaron Couch