Disney’s Streaming Service Reportedly Won’t Include R-Rated Content
The Disney streaming service has been the talk of the town since it was announced. More details are starting to come out about the service, and The New York Times recently did a write-up on executive Ricky Strauss, who was given creative oversight of the streaming service — and with it came some new details about the service we didn’t know about.
One thing we do know thought is that the upcoming streaming service reportedly won’t feature R-rated content of any kind.
The New York Times reports Disney will instead focus on producing content exclusively aimed at families, without the inclusion of mature shows and movies.
The streaming service will launch in 2019 with variety of TV series and movies consistent with the Disney brand. This includes a live-action Marvel show, an animated series based on Monsters, Inc. and a High School Musical television show.
We don’t have any details about a price yet or anything like that, but we do know that Disney is leaning in hard on getting original programming on top of bringing in their extensive back catalog.
We’ve heard announcements about some of the movies, but there are a few that we didn’t know about until now. One of the big ones is the adaptation of Timmy Failure, which is based on the best-selling series of books and has a $45 million budget. Tom McCarthy is directing, and while he isn’t a household name, he did adapt the Oscar-winning movie Spotlight — and that’s a big get.
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Most of the movies will have budgets ranging from $20 million to $60 million. In terms of Hollywood, these are pretty low-budget movies — which says a lot about budgeting movies these days.
Movies from Disney’s library and at least 5,000 episodes of old Disney-branded television shows will anchor the service, which will be overseen from a technology and customer acquisition perspective by Michael Paull, president of Disney Streaming Services.
There are also several films in the works as well, including a Lady and the Tramp remake, The Paper Magician, a Sword and the Stone remake, and Timmy Failure.