It was announced back in March that Iron Man director Jon Favreau would write and executive produce a live action Star Wars series for Disney’s upcoming streaming service. Then in May, Favreau confirmed at the red carpet for the premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story that his show would be set during the time gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Aside from that tidbit, details have largely been scarce for the show.
While there isn’t anything new regarding the show’s story, an article from the New York Times has offered a few new details about the show. Namely the show will feature ten episodes and have an estimated budget of roughly $100 million. In other words, the budget is likely $10 million per episode. Favreau stated in an interview that, “‘Star Wars’ is a big world, and Disney’s new streaming service affords a wonderful opportunity to tell stories that stretch out over multiple chapters.”
Needless to say, Disney and Lucasfilm are throwing quite a fair bit of money into this Star Wars show. This isn’t very surprising, considering the high production value that they presumably will want to bring in for the series to have it truly feel like it’s a part of the Galaxy Far Far Away. Not to mention that this series is intended to be a big draw for Disney’s streaming service. Provided that the show does well and draws in a huge number of subscribers for the service, it shouldn’t take the studio long to make back most of that budget.
As a fan, I really hope this Star Wars show does well. It’s been quite frustrating lately to see division and anger between fans over how the movies have turned out, so it would be nice for something new to come out that largely unifies the fandom again.
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SOURCE: The New York Times