Disney has chosen Jon Favreau to write and produce a live-action “Star Wars” television series for its upcoming streaming service.
This would be the first live-action television series in “Star War” history. All other small screen adaptations are animated and primarily targeted toward children. “Star Wars Rebels” is currently still running.
Favreau is no stranger to the Star Wars universe, actually voicing warrior commander Pre Vizsla in the preceding CGI series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.” He will also play a part in the solo Hans Solo film, “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”
There might be too many solos in that sentence above. Grammar-wise, there should only be a solo solo.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy expressed her excitement over the decision to bring “The Jungle Book” director onboard. “I couldn’t be more excited about Jon coming on board to produce and write for the new direct-to-consumer platform,” Kennedy said on an official announcement on StarWars.com . “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.”
The man who kick-started the Marvel Universe with “Iron Man” back in 2008 seems to be the perfect fit to spearhead a Star Wars television series. Favreau has developed into one of the busiest directors in Hollywood today. He directed, wrote, and starred in the 2014 dramedy "Chef." Two years later he directed the life-action “Jungle Book,” receiving an impressive score of 95% on Rotten Tomatoes. Favreau is not slowing down anytime soon, directing and producing the upcoming remake of “The Lion King.”
This and other original programming will no doubt be part of Disney’s efforts to seduce viewers to join their subscription service. The “Star Wars” TV show does not yet have an official release date, but CEO Bob Iger mentioned that the series would likely premiere after 2020.