There have been many plans for a live-action Star Wars series on TV since the famous Holiday Special in 1978. None of those plans ever panned out. There have been various reports on multiple live-action series in development since Disney took over Lucasfilm in 2012. In 2013, it was revealed that 50 scripts had been written for a series titled ‘Star Wars: Underworld.‘ Then, just as suddenly that series evaporated. Now Jon Favreau has given us a glimpse at what is actually coming.
After launching the Marvel film franchise with the original Iron Man, filmmaker Jon Favreau is producing and writing a live-action series in the Star Wars universe. Details have been scarce up until The Nerdist cornered him at the “Solo: A Star Wars Story” premiere. He revealed that the series would be set roughly seven years after the end of ‘Return of the Jedi.’ That places it 23 years before the J.J. Abrams directed ‘The Force Awakens.’
That’s six years after the New Republic was founded and during a period of relative peace in the galaxy. The Empire has fallen and the First Order is likely just beginning to form.
Favreau also stated that he had been working on it prior to getting the job. He had written the first four scripts as a proof of concept for the studio. The series is set to use CG/motion capture similar to the style that Favreau used in his version of The Jungle Book (2016) and his most recent gig as director of the remake of the Disney classic from 1994, The Lion King. That film will be released on July 19, 2019.
Favreau has long stated his love for the franchise and had previously voiced Pre Vizsla in six episodes of the Clone Wars animated series. He also voiced an alien named Rio Durant for ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story‘ that first appeared in a trailer in February of this year.
The series, which will focus on all new characters, will air exclusively on Disney’s new streaming service sometime in 2019.