Everything We Know About the Live-Action ‘Star Wars’ TV Series
The first ever live-action Star Wars TV series is headed our way, and we’ve just learned some new information about the show’s reported budget and possible plot.
As news continues to trickle in, let’s take a look at everything we know about the new Star Wars show thus far.
It will premiere on Disney’s streaming service
It appears Disney is positioning this Star Wars show to be one of the big draws of its upcoming streaming service.
Disney’s Netflix competitor, which will launch in late 2019, will feature virtually all of the company’s family-friendly content, and it will house some movies and TV shows that are being produced exclusively for streaming. Right now, its biggest TV production is this Star Wars show, while the most high-profile movie is a live-action remake of Lady and the Tramp.
We don’t yet have a premiere date for the Star Wars show, but it seems like a safe bet that it will be available when the service launches in fall 2019.
Jon Favreau is producing and writing
Serving as executive producer and writer of this new show is Jon Favreau, who previously worked for Disney when he directed the live-action Jungle Book in 2016. He also kickstarted the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe by helming the first Iron Man, and he continues to play Happy Hogan in the MCU.
This is Favreau’s first time writing and producing a piece of Star Wars content, although he has appeared in the series as an actor. Favreau lent his voice to Star Wars: The Clone Wars, playing Pre Vizsla, and he also voiced Rio Durant in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
The season will cost nearly $100 million
Clearly, Disney is sparing no expense with this show, giving it an enormous budget of $100 million for 10 episodes, according to The New York Times.
For comparison, the first season of Game of Thrones only cost between $50 million and $60 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Game of Thrones‘ budget had gone up to about $10 million per episode by the time Season 6 came along, according to Entertainment Weekly. So we can expect the new Star Wars show to look about as expensive as an average episode of Game of Thornes.
And to compare this to another modern TV series set in space, Star Trek: Discovery costs between $8 million and $9 million per episode, according to Variety.
It will take place three years after Return of the Jedi
Fans had speculated that this show would take place between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, and Favreau confirmed that in May. In an interview on the Solo red carpet, Favreau told Nerdist that the show will be set three years after Return of the Jedi.
There had initially been some reports that the show would be taking place seven years after Return of the Jedi. But Favreau actually said it’d be seven years after the Battle of Yavin, the climax of A New Hope, not seven years after the Battle of Endor, the climax of Return of the Jedi.
It will reportedly be set on Mandalore
Recently, a new report provided some details about what the show might be about. According to Making Star Wars, sources suggest the series will take place on the planet of Mandalore.
“It sounds like when the Empire falls, Mandalore falls into a state of turmoil and the series is about restoring Mandalore to its former self and how Mandalore sways will have huge galactic ramifications,” Making Star Wars reports.
This report specifies that this is just a rumor, but Making Star Wars tends to be fairly reliable. The report also specifies the show will have all new characters, although it wouldn’t be surprising to see an appearance by Boba Fett, who wears Mandalorian armor but is actually a clone from Kamino. There have been hints in the recent Star Wars canon that Boba may have escaped from the Sarlacc, just as he did in the original Expanded Universe.
It’s one of three Star Wars shows in the works right now
This untitled series is actually one of three Star Wars shows Lucasfilm currently has in development.
There’s also Star Wars Resistance, a new animated series coming this fall on Disney XD; that will follow a young pilot, and it’s set shortly before The Force Awakens.
Additionally, Lucasfilm is currently working on a new season of The Clone Wars, with the plan being to wrap up the storyline that was never finished when the original series was canceled. The new Clone Wars episodes will also be exclusive to the Disney streaming service.