Disney plans Star Wars and Marvel streaming series

Disney announced that it has finalized a deal with Rian Johnson, director of the upcoming Star Wars installment The Last Jedi, to develop a new Star Wars trilogy. Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger made the announcement during the company’s quarterly earnings call. But here’s where things get even more interesting: The company is also planning to develop a new live-action Star Wars TV series, which will run on the company’s upcoming streaming service. (That service is slated to launch by the end of 2019.) The company is also working on new Marvel-based series, as well as series adaptions of Pixar’s Monsters Inc. and Disney Channel’s High School Musical. Disney sent shockwaves through the entertainment industry in August, when it announced that it would end its licensing agreement with Netflix and launch its own SVOD services. And at the moment, it’s sure looking like the Mouse House is destined to become Netflix’s biggest competitor.

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