With the news that Game of Thrones head honchos David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will depart Westeros for the next Star Wars film franchise, we all need to be reminded that the galaxy's most popular sci-fi franchise has yet to make a real dent on television. But of course it will. Eventually.
Disney's set to launch its own streaming service sometime in 2019, and industry insiders (and anyone with half a brain) know it will be the exclusive home to new TV series based on the conglomerate's mass suite of properties, including titles from Pixar, Marvel and obviously LucasFilm, which owns Star Wars. However, nothing has officially been announced. It's a mere technicality though, as Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed that a Star Wars series is coming to DisneyFlix, or whatever it will be called.
But wait, is that the sound of cash registers I hear? Because Iger said the company isn't stopping at one Star Wars show.
"We are developing not just one, but a few Star Wars series specifically for the Disney direct to consumer app," Iger said in an earnings call, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Given the way Disney is flooding theaters with Star Wars films, this isn't surprising as it's not showing the slightest bit of fear of overexposing the franchise.
Iger also said the company is close to announcing the first Star Wars project and that "significant" talent is attached to the projects.
Also of note to fans of Disney-owned streaming services, Iger revealed that ESPN will launch its streaming service for $4.99 a month this spring.