Filmmaker Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book, Iron Man) has been hired by Lucasfilm to write and exec. produce an untitled Star Wars series, which will be a project done for Disney’s direct-to-consumer steaming platform.
The project was announced this morning on StarWars.com with a tweet that you can see below.
— Star Wars (@starwars) March 8, 2018
Repped by CAA and Jackoway Tyerman, Favreau is currently in production on a live action version of Disney’s animated classic The Lion King, which he is directing and producing. It features the voices of Seth Rogen, Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Keegan Michael-Key, Alfre Woodard and Beyoncé. Favreau previously directed Disney’s 2016 hit The Jungle Book, another live action adaptation of an animated film, which won the Oscar for visual effects.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy made a statement about working with Favreau: “I couldn’t be more excited about Jon coming on board to produce and write for the new direct-to-consumer platform. Jon brings the perfect mix of producing and writing talent, combined with a fluency in the Star Wars universe. This series will allow Jon the chance to work with a diverse group of writers and directors and give Lucasfilm the opportunity to build a robust talent base.”
Favreau added: “If you told me at 11 years old that I would be getting to tell stories in the Star Wars universe, I wouldn’t have believed you. I can’t wait to embark upon this exciting adventure.”
The announcement is somewhat bittersweet since it means there’s more Star Wars coming for the foreseeable future, but it’s the second recent announcement from Lucasfilm about a white male being given the keys to the Star Wars universe following last month’s announcement that Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss would write and produce a new series of stand-alone films. The announcement of Favreau’s hiring was made on International Woman’s Day, just to rub it in, but we should remember that Favreau/Lucasfilm could still hire woman writers and directors for the series.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor