Iron Man director Jon Favreau is set to executive produce and write a live-action Star Wars series for Disney’s upcoming streaming service. Kathleen Kennedy, Lucasfilm president said in a statement:
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.
The Star Wars franchise might be practically bursting at the seams with the obscene amount of content planned, but the man who essentially started the Marvel Cinematic Universe seems the ideal choice to adapt Star Wars into a live-action series.
Iron Man is tonally similar to what fans would expect from the franchise’s first foray into television, boasting a perfect blend of comedy, action, and drama. Although at this point, I’m struggling to keep up with the amount of new Star Wars content coming our way. We’ve got J.J. Abrams final installment of the sequel trilogy, Rian Johnson’s mysterious original trilogy, Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’s new series, Ron Howard’s Solo, and now, Favreau’s live-action series.
Whew. That’s a lot of Star Wars. Should fans be complaining about the deluge of content, or be happier than they’ve been in years? It’s hard to say at this point, but Favreau has certainly proved his talent over the years, and seems to be the ideal pick to take us back to the galaxy far far away.
Disney’s streaming service raised many an eyebrow when it was first announced, seeing as the whole point of Netflix was so we could watch a wide variety of film and television shows without paying the extortionate cost of cable (or spend half of our viewing time watching annoying commercials).
Rival streaming services are continuing to pop out of the woodwork, with Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Disney looking to take a piece of Netflix’s pie. Sadly, it looks like the consumer is going to take the hit right in the wallet, and we’re presumably going to be very selective about which services we subscribe to.
(Excerpt) Read More in: Forbes