All the fans of Star Wars and MCU hear hear! Iron Man director Jon Favreau is all set to write the upcoming Star Wars live action series. It will debut on Disney’s unnamed video streaming platform. A live action series was a long time coming, even before Lucasfilm was acquired by Disney in 2012 at a valuation of $4.06 billion. With Disney’s decision to get Jon to write the series, a step in the right direction has been taken.
Favreau is not new to Disney. He was the director of Jungle Book, which was received incredibly by the audience. Not just that, Favreau is also filming a live action adaptation of the Lion King which is all set to release in 2019. He also directed Iron Man, before Disney acquired Marvel. Not just that, in November 2012, it was reported that Favreau was being eyed to direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens with David Fincher, Ben Affleck and Matthew Vaughn also in the running. But in the end, J.J. Abrams was hired.
If somebody had any more doubts about Favreau’s mettle, here’s another one: Guess who voiced Pre Vizscla in the Clone Wars? You guessed it, our man in question, old Jon. This makes the Iron Man director the perfect choice for writing the Franchise’s long awaited live-action series. He has the experience with Disney, he has the experience with Star Wars and he has experience with animated movies, need we ask more?
Another big question is, When is this going to be set? It shouldn’t be set after the happenings of Last Jedi, unless it’s way after, to avoid any spoilers. However, the prequels just complexified the timeline and let’s just agree, that they were a huge mess. The time-line of the action series can still be debated upon, unless, it’s a detour, telling the story of characters like Jabba the Hutt, bounty hunters and the like, which George Lucas was already working upon, Aha!
George Lucas had said in 2005 that he was working on a series set in the galactic capital of Coruscant, but due to its whopping budget, the project was abandoned. It was called Star Wars: Underworld.
However, now that Disney has taken the reins, things have become a lot more easier. This comes a month after Disney’s announcement of employing Game of Thrones writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss for writing and producing a whole new series of Star Wars which will be different from the Skywalker Episodic Saga and the trilogy being written by Rian Johnson.
With Disney’s ample budget and good talent acquisition skills, the franchise is going to skyrocket. Sure, every good franchise must come to an end at some point in time, but for Star Wars, things just began to get interesting.
Fans might think it’s getting a little overbearing, but it’s not a drag at all. Prequels weren’t received well, but no banishment of the franchise took place. With movies like Star Wars: The Last Jedi & Star Wars: The Force Awakens under its cap, the expectations are only going to increase from Favreau.