OFFICIAL: Director of Iron Man is making a new Star Wars TV show
Star Wars has officially conquered the galaxy.
Fresh from the news that Rian Johnson and the Game of Thrones showrunners, Benioff and Weiss, are creating new Star Wars films, Disney have announced that the Emmy-nominated director, producer and actor Jon Favreau has signed on to executive produce and write a live-action Star Wars TV series.
The show will air on Disney’s new direct-to-consumer platform - basically, Disney's answer to Netflix.
Favreau has already worked in the Star Wars galaxy having played roles in both the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series and in the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story.
— Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) February 16, 2018
Regarding this news, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said: “I couldn’t be more excited about Jon coming on board to produce and write for the new direct-to-consumer platform. on 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 director of The Jungle Book is thrilled to be returning to the Star Wars galaxy: “If you told me at 11 years old that I would be getting to tell stories in the Star Wars universe, I wouldn’t have believed you. I can’t wait to embark upon this exciting adventure.”
As for Favreau's next film, he's currently in production on Disney’s highly anticipated reimagining of The Lion King, set for release in 2019.
The untitled Star Wars live-action series does not yet have a release date but there's always Solo: A Star Wars Story to look forward to when it's released on May 25th.
After that, we've got Episode IX and the Obi-Wan Kenobi film to enjoy.
The Force is strong with this saga.