The Star Wars live action TV series will boast ten episodes per season when it arrives on the Disney streaming service
With the countdown ticking toward the first-ever Star Wars live action TV series the fans have been waiting on tenterhooks for details about the new series, and thanks to a report in the New York Times we are finally getting some answers.
The new series, coming from visionary director Jon Favreau will be set seven years after the Battle of Endor in a time when the dreaded Imperial Starfleet lies in ruins and Darth Vader and his evil Emperor are nothing more than a fleeting nightmare. It is a period in Star Wars canon that has never been explored on film and with the series headed to the Disney direct-to-consumer streaming service fans will get to explore the immersive aftermath of the galactic civil war like never before.
The report in the New York Times has revealed that the series will have the benefit of a ten-episode season run with each episode boasting a modest budget of $1 million dollars. That figure comes as quite a surprise when compared to the budget of the new Amazon Lord of the Rings series which boasts a budget twice the size. However, Lord of the Rings is expected to follow the template utilised on the immensely successful Game of Thrones series which boasts an abundance of large-scale sets and personnel.
Jon Favreau’s experience in directing tentpole movies like The Jungle Book, which boasted only one human cast member and a spectacular use of computer-generated visual effects will be crucial in producing a successful series on such a modest budget, but Favreau is more than capable of pulling it off. The Disney streaming service will be overseen by executive Ricky Strauss and will bring together existing and original content from Lucasfilm, Marvel and Pixar as well as the traditional Disney brands to create a mecca of fantastic content.
The report in the times went on to say:
A live-action “Star Wars” series coming to the platform from Jon Favreau, the director of films like “Iron Man” and “The Jungle Book,” is expected to cost roughly $100 million for 10 episodes. “‘Star Wars’ is a big world, and Disney’s new streaming service affords a wonderful opportunity to tell stories that stretch out over multiple chapters,” Mr Favreau said in an email. He added of Mr Strauss: “Marketing is about telling a story, and his background in that area allows us to collaborate and create new content.”
Over the past six years, as president of marketing for Walt Disney Studios, Strauss helped turn movies like “Black Panther,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Inside Out” into box office behemoths.
It is encouraging to hear Disney is taking the marketing for this new series seriously and are clearly addressing the failings of their Solo: A Star Wars Story campaign, which despite being an incredible addition to the saga was sadly under advertised around the world. Whether the Disney streaming service can compete with juggernauts like Netflix, Amazon and the DC Universe remains to be seen, but with the force on their side surely its only a matter of time before Disney dominates the landscape once again.
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