Disney plans new 'Star Wars' prequel series for streaming service

Sergio Cunningham
November 11, 2018

Disney has lifted the lid on its new streaming service, which will be called Disney+ and launched late next year.

Characters of Star Wars take part in an event held for the release of the film "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallee, France, December 17, 2015.

The new service will be called Disney+, and it will include content from Disney and connected brands, including a brand new television show centred on Marvel anti-hero Loki.

As for its other streaming services, Iger revealed Disney intends to invest in more original content for Hulu (Disney owns 60 percent of the site).

Iger said the service in some cases was attracting audiences 20 years younger than traditional TV and described the advertising opportunity as "underappreciated".

The series, which we first heard word about just a few months ago, will find Tom Hiddleston returning to reprise his role as the god of mischief.

"Going back to the Star Wars universe is very special for me". Still not a bad haul for a movie, but not almost good enough for a Star Wars movie.

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Though some people have expressed concerns about quality suffering with these series like we've seen with so many of Marvel's other small screen efforts, it's also been confirmed that Kevin Feige will be taking a hands-on role in each project, as Marvel Studios is producing them for Disney.

Disney+ will also include a rebooted High School Musical show, as well as animated offerings such as the new season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and a series based on Pixar hit Monsters Inc.

Disney hasn't revealed what the streaming service will cost yet, or the exact date of its launch-or of the release of those new series.

Streaming services in the USA are slowly expanding out to Europe, with the likes of Amazon Prime now available in Ireland and the UK.

During an earnings call earlier today Disney chairman Bob Iger made a huge announcement.

"It's not surprising that Disney would use their Disney brand name", said BTIG media analyst Rich Greenfield. This could be a reaction to Solo: A Star Wars Story's lackluster performance at the box office, but it's more than likely a play to ensure that Disney+ can attract as many subscribers as possible.

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