What is apparently going to be a stacked week of Star Wars news continues, this time with a promising string of words from Disney's boss about television prospects.
CEO Bob Iger told investors on an earnings call Tuesday that multiple Star Wars series are being developed for their upcoming streaming service, according to the Hollywood Reporter. "We are developing not just one, but a few Star Wars series specifically for the Disney direct-to-consumer app," Iger reportedly told investors. "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." The level of talent involved, Iger added, will be "rather significant."
Earlier this week, amid Solo trailer hysteria, we learned that Disney had tapped Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss for a new trilogy of Star Wars movies. Speaking Tuesday on why the Thrones team wasn't involved with the TV side of Star Wars' universe expansion, Iger noted that they simply hadn't expressed interest in putting together a series. "They have an idea for a number of films and at some later date I'm sure we'll disclose to all of you just what those are," he said.
Disney's presently nameless streaming service is set to launch in 2019 and is being anticipated as a total game-changer. Back in November, Iger teased the possibility of a live-action Star Wars show on the service, though it's unclear if he was referencing that same project with Tuesday's "a few Star Wars series" statement. If one of these currently-in-development projects doesn't turn out to be a daytime talk show hosted by Kylo Ren, then I give up.