- Disney is developing many TV and movie projects for its upcoming streaming service, Disney Plus.
- They include two live-action “Star Wars” TV shows, a Loki TV series spinning out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and a “Monsters Inc.” series.
Disney is entering the streaming war this year with its Netflix rival, Disney Plus.
On top of its already extensive library of content, Disney is developing several original shows and movies for the platform, including two live-action “Star Wars” shows and Marvel TV series spinning out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In a presentation to investors on Thursday, Disney confirmed the series focused on Marvel characters that were previously reported, like shows focused on Scarlet Witch, Winter Soldier, and the Falcon, as well as all the movies in the “Star Wars” saga and 30 seasons of “The Simpsons.”
Its original content also includes a “Monsters Inc.” series, a “High School Musical” series, and movies starring Anna Kendrick and Willem Dafoe.
Disney will go head-to-head with Netflix, ending a licensing deal with the streaming giant this year. All new Disney theatrical releases, starting with “Captain Marvel,” will eventually land on Disney Plus.
On Thursday, Disney informed investors they predict 60 million to 90 million subscribers by 2024 for Disney Plus, and it plans to spend $US1 billion in the first year and $US2 billion yearly by 2024 on original content.
It will cost subscribers $US6.99 a month or $US69.99 a year ($US5.83 per month) for Disney Plus when it launches on November 12.
Below are confirmed and reported projects in development for Disney Plus:
The writer and producer Jon Favreau, who directed Disney hits like “Iron Man” and the upcoming “Lion King” remake, is developing “The Mandalorian.”
It takes place between the original and the new “Star Wars” trilogies, following a “lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy.”
Episodes will be directed by Bryce Dallas Howard, the “Thor: Ragnarok” director Taika Waititi, and more. The “Narcos” star Pedro Pascal plays the title character.
A Cassian Andor “Star Wars” series
Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed in November during an earnings call that a “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” spin-off starring Diego Luna as Cassian Andor is in the works.
Andor died at the end of “Rogue One,” so this will be set before the events of the movie.
The official “Star Wars” website described it as a “spy thriller” that “follows the adventures of rebel spy Cassian Andor during the formative years of the Rebellion.”
A new season of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”
The animated “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” which ended in 2014 after six seasons on Cartoon Network, will return for a 12-episode seventh season exclusively on Disney Plus. Iger confirmed in November that the series was coming.
A Marvel series starring Loki
Iger confirmed in November that a Loki series was in development that would spin out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Tom Hiddleston will reprise his role as the God of Mischief and Thor’s adopted brother.
A “Monsters Inc.” series
Iger confirmed in November that a TV series based on the Pixar movie “Monsters Inc.” would come to Disney Plus.
“High School Musical: The Musical: The Series”
Disney announced the stars of its upcoming “High School Musical” series for Disney Plus in February. The cast includes a group of young up-and-coming actors such as Joshua Bassett (“Stuck in the Middle”), Frankie Rodriguez (“Modern Family”), and Olivia Rodrigo (“Bizaardvark”).
A “Lady and the Tramp” live-action remake
Disney is developing a live-action remake of its animated classic “Lady and the Tramp” for Disney Plus.
In a January interview with Barron’s, Iger said the movie was never considered for a theatrical release.
“There was not one discussion about whether we should make that for the big screen,” Iger said. “Everybody said this is a great story, would love to make it again, let’s make it for what we call ‘the service’ internally.”
“Noelle,” starring Anna Kendrick
Kendrick and Bill Hader are starring in “Noelle,” a movie about a Santa’s daughter (played by Kendrick). It was originally scheduled for a November release this year in theatres but will debut on Disney Plus.
“Togo,” starring Willem Dafoe
The movie tells the true story of the 1925 Nome serum run, when 20 mushers raced across Alaska by dog sled to transport an antitoxin for a deadly bacteria that was ravaging the small town.
A Marvel series starring Scarlet Witch
At the Disney investor presentation of Disney Plus it was announced the show “WandaVision” will be on the service, starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany as their Marvel Cinematic Universe roles Scarlet Witch and Vision, respectively.
A Marvel series starring Bucky and Falcon
Disney confirmed at the presentation it is developing a series starring the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes, aka the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).
A Marvel “What If?” animated series
A “What If?” series is also being made for Disney Plus, which will focus on alternate realities of Marvel. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said at the presentation that one of the episodes will be about Peggy Carter becoming a super soldier rather than Steve Rogers, thanks to a suit built by Howard Stark.
“The World According to Jeff Goldblum”
Everyone’s favourite movie star Jeff Goldblum will host a docuseries for National Geographic, which will be available on the Disney Plus service. “Jeff pulls back the curtain on a seemingly familiar object to reveal a world of astonishing connections, fascinating science, and a whole lot of big ideas,” is how the show was described at the presentation to investors.
Disney became owner of National Geographic after it bought 20th Century Fox.
“Book of Enchantment”
Disney is developing “Book of Enchantment,” a series that will star some of Disney’s most recognisable villains like Ursula (“The Little Mermaid”) and Maleficent (“Sleeping Beauty”),The Wrap reported in February. It’s based on Serena Valentino’s “Villains” book series.
A Marvel series starring Hawkeye
Disney is developing a Hawkeye series starring Jeremy Renner in which he passes the mantle off to Kate Bishop, a character from the comics who is a member of the Young Avengers, according to Variety.
A “Sword in the Stone” remake
The Hollywood Reporter said last year that Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, who directed “28 Weeks Later,” would direct a “Sword in the Stone” live-action remake. Reports have since indicated that the movie will head straight to Disney Plus.
Deadline reported in February that Disney was developing several “priority” movie projects for the streaming service: “Don Quixote,” “The Paper Magician,” “Stargirl,” a “Three Men and a Baby” remake, and “Timmy Failure,” from Tom McCarthy, the director of “Spotlight.”
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