Report: Disney Is Developing Multiple Star Wars TV Shows for Its Streaming Platform

Image: Lucasfilm/Disney
Image: Lucasfilm/Disney

Last year, we heard that Disney had one Star Wars TV show in the pipeline for its upcoming digital streaming service. Now comes word that multiple series are being planned for the platform.

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The Hollywood Reporter cites remarks made by Disney CEO Bob Iger during an earnings call today, where he said that the company is pouring resources into producing all-new Star Wars television:

“We are developing not just one, but a few Star Wars series specifically for the Disney direct to consumer app. We’ve mentioned that and we are close to being able to reveal at least one of the [entities] that is developing that for us. Because the deal isn’t completely closed, we can’t be specific about that ... I think you’ll find the level of talent … on the television front will be rather significant as well.”

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Rumblings of live-action Star Wars TV shows have made the rounds for years for a while, even before the most recent plans were divulged last November. While none of those past efforts came to fruition, this last charge is different because Star Wars would be a major draw for people on the fence about plunking down money for yet another digital delivery platform. Just like the ever-increasing stream of movies it’s planning to make, it’s in Disney’s best interest to make a TV show happen. We’re probably looking at an when-not-if scenario, folks.

Video games. Comic books. Blackness.

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DISCUSSION

I don’t think Disney realizes how dangerously close they are to poisoning their brand. Yes, people go ape for Star Wars (I love Star Wars, was raised on the originals) - but the issue is that people haven’t been going ape as of late.

Regardless of your personal feelings on the subject, TLJ had mixed results. The amount of backpedaling from Johnson does not look good, and has only dragged the argument on longer. This is coupled with the somewhat less divisive TFA, which was commercially successful, but critically mixed.

When there becomes running jokes about “the last time a good Star Wars movie was made...”, you should be paying attention. Even if it’s just memes and gripes from an audience, it’s still enough rumble that you should examine your choices.

To forcibly pump out shows all for the sake of hooking people into yet another subscription service (see how Star Trek went), you’re just straining the good will of your consumers.

I’d hope for a good Star Wars show, I really would. Something that doesn’t focused on the Rebellion Era, something that is more adult, and some shows that are For the Kids*tm. But this just screams ugly cash grab with products that will likely be slapped together to push a product (see first wave video games for a new console generation) that will be of lukewarm reception, not a deliberate attempt at a solid product.

Please, prove me wrong, Disney. I want you to.