New Star Wars Live-Action Series Details Revealed
Jon Favreau's upcoming series has a big budget and limited episode order!
New Star Wars Series To Cost $100 Million For 10 Episodes!
Actor and director Jon Favreau who has helmed such blockbuster hits as Iron Man and The Jungle Book, is currently hard at work executive producing and writing a live-action Star Wars TV series for Lucasfilm and Disney’s new direct-to-consumer streaming service. Now a new article in the New York Times reveals that the first season of the show will consist of ten-episodes and has a combined budget of $100 million, making each episode roughly $10 million a piece. Considering that CBS All Access’s Star Trek: Discovery was one of the most expensive shows in TV history with a budget of between $8 million and $8.5 million per episode then it becomes apparent just how much Disney is investing in both Favreau’s show and its streaming service at large.
Favreau stated to the outlet, “‘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." The acclaimed writer/director previously told Nerdist that the series will take place seven years after the Battle of Endor in Return of the Jedi, also revealing that the show will feature all new characters, and use cutting edge CGI and motion capture technology similar to his Jungle Book film and upcoming Lion King movie. Favreau is no stranger to the Star Wars galaxy having voiced the Mandalorian Pre Vizsla in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series and as the CG creature Rio Durant in Solo: A Star Wars Story. His series is rumored to take place on Mandalore after the fall of the Empire.
Disney’s collaborations with Favreau extend back a decade, when he helped launch the Marvel Cinematic Universe as director of Iron Man and Iron Man 2 and as an executive producer of the Iron Man and Avengers films for Marvel Studios. For Disney, he directed and produced the massively successful The Jungle Book, which won an Academy Award for its groundbreaking visual effects. He is currently in production on Disney’s highly-anticipated reimagining of The Lion King, set for release in 2019. The streaming service and new live-action Star Wars series will also debut next year.