2019 will be the year that Disney will be launching their own streaming service called Disney+. As of now we still have no idea when the streaming service will launch or how much it will cost. What we do know is that it will become the home for franchises like Star Wars, Marvel and The Muppets.
Speaking of Star Wars, we know that Disney+ will feature series like Star Wars: The Mandalorian as well as new episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. But does this mean that there is a possibility that the streaming service will be used to premiere future Star Wars films? Disney CEO Bob Iger recently had an interview with Barrons on the subject and confirmed that they have no intention to use Disney+ as a launch point for Star Wars feature films, they are simply too big.
“Almost every movie the studio makes is a $100 million-plus movie, and we’re not looking to make movies at that level for the service. We’re looking to invest significantly in television series on a per-episode business, and we’re looking to make movies that are higher-budget, but nothing like that.”
What he means by higher budget movies is actually films like their live-action remake of Lady and the Tramp with the voices of Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux. This is probably as big as a film Disney will be willing to make for their streaming service, Star Wars is on a whole other level.
“We wouldn’t make a Star Wars movie for this platform. When everybody goes out on the weekend and you have a movie that opens up to $200 million, there’s a buzz that creates that enhances value. We like that. And eventually, the movies we’re making are going to [end up on] the service.”
We know that Disney is all about making money, so from a business standpoint, this makes perfect sense. It will be interesting to see how much (if any) of the visual effects for the Star Wars series suffer due to the reduced budget. I just bring this up because we are used to the “spare no expense” approach for the films.
For now what we know is that there are several films and series in development for Disney+. The Mandalorian will be the first Star Wars property that will premiere on the streaming service. Created by Jon Favreau and starring Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Omid Abtahi, Wener Herzog and Nick Nolte.
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Disney’s Disney+ is scheduled to launch sometime this year.
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