The director behind Iron Man and The Jungle Book is heading to a galaxy far, far away.
Disney and Lucasfilm have announced a new deal with filmmaker Jon Favreau. As part of the agreement, Favreau will executive produce and write a new live-action Star Wars show for the upcoming Disney streaming platform.
"I couldn't be more excited about Jon coming on board to produce and write for the new direct-to-consumer platform," says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. "Jon brings the perfect mix of producing and writing talent, combined with a fluency in the Star Wars universe. This series will allow Jon the chance to work with a diverse group of writers and directors and give Lucasfilm the opportunity to build a robust talent base."
Plot details and a release date for the currently untitled Star Wars show have not been revealed yet. The project now joins a growing assortment of Star Wars projects in development from a variety of creative teams, including a new film trilogy from The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson and a new series of movies from Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Jon Favreau's directing credits include films like Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Jungle Book, and the upcoming reimagining of The Lion King. Likewise, the filmmaker/actor is also set to appear on screen in Solo: A Star Wars Story in a currently unknown role.
Specifics on Disney's new streaming service are still forthcoming, but the platform is expected to launch in 2019. Other shows reportedly in development include a new live-action Marvel series and a show based on Disney/Pixar's Monsters Inc.
Source: Star Wars