Disney is teaming up with Rian Johnson to develop a new “Star Wars” trilogy. The company is also planning a live-action “Star Wars” TV series to stream on its upcoming OTT platform that is expected to launch by the end of 2019.
The announcement was made by Disney chairman-CEO Bob Iger during the company’s quarterly earnings call. Additionally, Disney is working on TV series adaptations of Pixar’s “Monsters Inc.,” the Disney Channel’s “High School Musical” franchise and an original entry from Marvel.
Johnson, who directed “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which is set to premiere Dec. 15, will write and direct another trio of “Star Wars” theatrical films with longtime collaborator Ram Bergman.
“We had the time of our lives collaborating with Lucasfilm and Disney on ‘The Last Jedi,’ ” expressed Johnson and Bergman in a joint statement. “ ‘Star Wars’ is the greatest modern mythology and we feel very lucky to have contributed to it. We can’t wait to continue with this new series of films.”
The Disney CEO also said that the Disney-branded streaming service would be priced “substantially below” Netflix’s $10.99 a month price because the service will have less content overall. “The price will reflect that,” he explained. “Our goal is to attract as many subs as possible starting out.”