Disney and Lucasfilm just announced that Iron Man director Jon Favreau will write and executive produce a new Star Wars television series.
“I couldn’t be more excited about Jon coming on board to produce and write for the new direct-to-consumer platform,” Kathleen Kennedy, Lucasfilm president said in a statement. “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.”
“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.” Said Favreau, “I can’t wait to embark upon this exciting adventure.”
Favreau obviously has a long and successful history with Disney, having directed the first two Iron Man movies and produced each of the Avengers movies for the studio. Believe it or not, this won’t be Favreau’s first journey into the galaxy far, far away. The filmmaker previously appeared in both the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series and in the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story.
This will be the first live-action Star Wars show and will air on Disney’s upcoming streaming service. The series doesn’t currently have a release date, and Favreau’s The Lion King remake is still in production so I wouldn’t expect much development on the project for a while.