Disney Plans $100 Million Star Wars Show
Disney has big plans for their untitled streaming service intended for launch next year. The biggest news? Disney’s sinking approximately $100 million into a new live-action Star Wars series. This will be the first live-action show set in the Star Wars Universe.
News about the ambitious series comes as part of a piece in the The New York Times on Ricky Strauss, the new head of Disney’s upcoming streaming service. We already knew that the untitled show will be helmed by Jon Favreau, who served as executive producer for a host of Disney movies including Iron Man 1, 2, and 3, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Infinity War, and The Jungle Book. He has some experience with television, as well, having produced NBC’s short-lived sci-fi drama Revolution from 2012 to 2014. Now we know that the upcoming series will be set seven years after the finale of Episode VI: Return of the Jedi and over twenty years before Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
According to the report, untitled series will run for ten episodes, with an estimated budget of $100 million—a whopping $10 million per episode. That’s on par with season one of Westworld and season six of Game of Thrones, and represents just how expensive it will be to produce starships, lightsabers, and aliens.
The new show will no doubt be one of the service’s most expensive projects, to date, and a big draw for both fans and casual viewers.