Since the acquisition of the Star Wars franchise in 2012, Disney Entertainment has been busy. In a relatively short period, fans had the chance to see a new trilogy launched, two standalone movies (Rogue One, Solo), as well as a new animated series (Rebels). That’s in addition to all books, video games, comics, and merchandise released since the company made the move.
One would have expected that Disney would have reached a point where they would have scaled back their efforts. Apparently, that’s not the case. Recently, the company announced that they will be launching their own streaming service. The service isn’t set to launch until 2019. When it does, however, all Disney content will be pulled from other streaming services such as Netflix.
Streaming services in general, tend to have exclusive content in order to draw subscribers. It’s a known strategy that has been successfully implemented by Amazon’s Prime TV, Netflix, CBS, and others. Disney took a page right out the book of all these other services and made some interesting announcements yesterday.
Disney continues to capitalize on the Star Wars franchise
Star Wars series coming to Disney’s streaming service
Disney CEO, Bob Iger, recently stated that the company has a few standalone Star Wars series in the works. The streaming app won’t launch until 2019 and it’s going to cost $4.99 (US) per month. Iger thinks that the lower price point, as well as the selection of movies, will allow Disney to directly compete with Netflix and other streaming services.
It’s worth mentioning that the company is speaking with the creators of Game of Thrones, David Benioff, and D.B. Weiss. Both of them, are interested in creating a series of films that are set in a particular era of Star Wars mythology.
In specific, Iger said:
Their interest (Benioff’s and Weiss’s) was in creating a series of films that are Star Wars-based, and we’ve actually been talking to them for a long time. They’re focused on a point in time in Star Wars mythology, and we’re taking it from there.
A video game franchise finding its way to the screen?
Iger’s last comment seems to point that the new films are far from hitting the theaters or TV screens. It might be a while until we actually get to see them. At the same time, reading the words “Star Wars mythology” only brings one series in mind – Knights of the Old Republic (KotOR)
Could KotOR be the rumored series of films?
The video game series came out back in 2003 by Bioware and has an enduring fan base. Recently, more than 200,000 fans signed a petition to bring KotOR as a series on Netflix. With Disney pulling out of Netflix, we probably won’t see it there, however, the potential remains. Considering that KotOR isn’t canon also leaves Disney some room to recreate the series to their liking.
It also creates yet another interesting tie-up with Electronic Arts (EA). EA owns Bioware who created KotOR and the subsequent Star Wars The Old Republic (SWtOR) games. Considering that EA already has a long-term partnership with Disney, could make things rather interesting. Imagine, for example, a KotOR themed film series, that Bioware brings back as a new video game. The possibilities are endless.
Obviously, our statements above are more wishful thinking and speculation than anything. The only thing that we currently know is that Disney is considering it but nothing seems to be finalized yet. We just have to wait and see.
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