If today's announcement that Game of Thrones' David Benioff and D.B Weiss are making a series of Star Wars films heralded insufficient new Star Wars projects for you, we've got good news: there's more.
In an earnings call today, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed that the studio is “developing not just one, but a few Star Wars series specifically for the Disney direct to consumer app” - and we're close to hearing who's behind at least one of them.
“We've mentioned that and we are close to being able to reveal at least one of the entities that is developing that for us. Because the deal isn't completely closed, we can't be specific about that," he said. “I think you'll find the level of talent on the television front will be rather significant as well." Maybe Bryan Fuller has found another project to pull out of!
The series will be developed specifically for Disney's incoming in-house content streaming service and app launching in late 2019 - and themselves represent a mere sliver of the material in the works for the service. It's not clear whether all the series will be live-action, but at least one of them will be, setting it apart from pre-existing series The Clone Wars and Rebels.
Iger also explained a little more about Benioff and Weiss’ film series. The duo were solely interested in working on feature films, he said, with no television series proposed in their apparently lengthy talks. Their big-screen series - referred to by Iger as “a number of films” and by the Hollywood Reporter as a trilogy - will focus on “a point in time in the Star Wars mythology,” which while about as vague a statement as one could make, all but confirms the films will be narratively disconnected from the main Skywalker saga (unlike Rogue One and Solo, which feed directly into it). Fans will likely shout “Old Republic” or “Mandalorian Wars” or God help me, “Darth Plagueis,” but hopefully there's something more original in the works.
THR also notes that Benioff and Weiss’ Star Wars commitments clash directly with their proposed Confederate series for HBO. Given the massive public backlash against that show's very concept, it's plausible it may have been straight-up cancelled. That's unconfirmed, of course, but I know a lot of people who'd be pleased if it was.
What would you like to see a new Star Wars series about? Statistically speaking, you've got a few chances to get it right.