Disney and Lucasfilm have announced that Jon Favreau has signed on to write and executive produce a live-action Star Wars TV series for Disney’s upcoming streaming service.
Favreau has previously provided the voice of Pre Vizla on Star Wars: The Clone Wars series and will be playing an Alien in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
This won’t be the first TV series that takes place in space that Favreau has worked on. He has previously directed the pilot for Fox’s The Orville, which stars Seth MacFarlane. Favreau also executive produced the show alongside MacFarlane.
“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.”
Disney has been working with Favreau for a long time now since it was Favreau that really launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the director of Iron Man and Iron Man 2. Since then, Favreau has been the executive producer of subsequent Iron Man and Avengers films and appeared on screen as Happy Hogan.
“If you told me at 11 years old that I would be getting to tell stories in the Star Wars universe, I wouldn’t have believed you. I can’t wait to embark upon this exciting adventure,” said Favreau.
Favreau has also directed the live-action remake of The Jungle Book for Disney, which the film won an Academy Award for visual effect. Favreau is currently working on the live-action remake of The Lion King, which is set to release in July 2019.
No release date has been announced for untitled Star Wars live-action series.
Source: Star Wars