Disney sinking $100M into ‘Star Wars’ streaming series

Disney sinking $100M into ‘Star Wars’ streaming series

New particulars about Disney’s upcoming streaming-video service have been revealed, together with the whopping price ticket for a live-action “Star Wars” series.

In accordance with a New York Occasions report, the 10-episode “Star Wars” series from “Iron Man” director Jon Favreau is anticipated to price about $100 million, placing it on par with the most costly exhibits on tv (though subsequent yr’s closing season of HBO’s “Sport of Thrones” is anticipated to price $15 million an episode).

The streaming service is anticipated to launch in 2019, and whereas a value has not but been introduced, Disney stated final yr it might be “considerably cheaper” than a subscription with rival Netflix.

Along with the as-yet-untitled “Star Wars” series, which is able to happen seven years after the motion in “Return of the Jedi,” the family-oriented streaming service will function quite a lot of new series, the Occasions reported, together with episodic spinoffs of “Excessive College Musical” and Pixar’s “Monsters Inc.,” Marvel superhero exhibits, a attainable Muppets series in addition to a brand new season of the animated “Star Wars: Clone Wars.” Disney advised the Occasions that almost all series would price round $25 million to $35 million to provide.

Disney can also be planning on no less than 9 new motion pictures for the service, together with live-action diversifications of the animated classics “Girl and the Tramp” and “The Sword within the Stone,” in addition to a remake of the 1980s comedy “Three Males and a Child,” the Occasions stated.

The service will closely depend on Disney’s again catalog of flicks, in addition to greater than 5,000 episodes of older Disney-branded TV exhibits. It was unclear if family-friendly exhibits and films from just lately acquired 21st Century Fox studios could be provided.

Extra particulars concerning the streaming service could possibly be introduced Tuesday, as Disney is scheduled to report quarterly earnings after the closing bell.

Disney shares are up virtually eight % this yr, in comparison with a three % acquire for the Dow Jones Industrial Common, of which it’s a part.


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