Star Wars live-action TV show: Jon Favreau to be showrunner
It’s been a busy few months for Star Wars news. Rebels just ended its successful run to critical acclaim. The announcement that The Last Jedi director and writer, Rian Johnson, is developing a brand new Star Wars trilogy would be big enough on its own, but Disney has even more plans for the galaxy far, far away, including yet ANOTHER series of films from the Game Of Thrones showrunners.
If that’s not enough (it never is), there’s now going to be a live-action TV series on Disney’s still unnamed upcoming streaming service. And true to Lucasfilm’s hot streak of matching great talent to its projects, the studio has chosen Jon Favreau as writer, producer, and showrunner for the untitled Star Wars live action TV series.
“I couldn’t be more excited about Jon coming on board to produce and write for the new direct-to-consumer platform,” says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy 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,” Favreau added. “I can’t wait to embark upon this exciting adventure.”
No further details are available yet, but with Johnson’s new trilogy said to “introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored” perhaps Favreau’s series will follow a similar lead. There’s little reason to continue to mine the era between the Clone Wars and the Original Trilogy, which has now been covered so well by two animated series and a film, and the saga of the Skywalkers is no longer the centre of the Star Wars universe.
We’ll update this with more information when it becomes available. Favreau is currently working on Disney’s new version of The Lion King, which is due in 2019. This means the earliest we’ll see this mysterious Star Wars TV series will be 2020.