Our brother in the Force, Jordan Maison, is reporting that Disney intends to release multiple live-action Star Wars television shows on Netflix. According to Maison, stemming from the substantial success of Daredevil, and similar to how Netflix is working on a variety of Marvel properties (Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, etc.), Disney plans to continue that relationship with the Star Wars franchise.
This news is undoubtedly pleasing to many fans who have lauded the work that Netflix has been doing with its television shows, and its capacity to produce high-quality television content with a cinematic feel.
Maison reports that Disney is considering as many as three live action Star Wars shows on Netflix. It seems the focus here is on the quality of the production:
For Lucasfilm this makes a lot of sense, as they want to keep the cinematic feel of the movies going with the TV shows. Netflix allows for such a presentation much better than network television, while also giving them a chance to explore stories and characters which otherwise might not be a good fit somewhere else.
I personally am pleasantly surprised by this information. I was firmly in the camp that believed that Disney would try a network show on ABC to get the broadest audience and maximize potential profits. But with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. struggling with ratings, I wonder if Disney was forced to reevaluate its approach. I strongly believe that at least at one point Disney envisioned a block of programming featuring Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Star Wars back-to-back. However, if they are going the Netflix route, I’m thrilled about it. That format will allow Lucasfilm to more fully develop a Star Wars show the way they want to without too many chefs in the kitchen.
A live-action show is extremely high on my list of wants. Ever since we saw images of that banner years ago teasing a live-action show, I couldn’t wait for the time when I could watch live-action Star Wars on a weekly basis. Then when reports came out that Lucas had hired writers to actually work on scripts for a live-action show and was trying to find a way to produce it, my excitement level went through the roof. I was really disappointed when the project was shelved as unaffordable. With Disney’s purchase, my hopes rose again and this news is fantastic. As amazing as The Clone Wars was and Rebels is, I would love to see what they could do with a live-action Star Wars show.
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