Back last November, Disney announced we’ll be getting a new Star Wars movie trilogy and a new live-action Star Wars TV series. In March, it was confirmed the director of Jungle Book and Iron Man Jon Favreau, was developing the new Star Wars TV series.
Writer and producer of the new TV series, Jon Favreau, spoke at an interview at the premiere of the new Star Wars spinoff movie Solo: A Star Wars Story, in which he has a voice role. He confirmed the new TV series will take place seven years after the Battle of Endor, after the events from the Return of the Jedi movie. That’s approximately 27 years prior to the events of the Force Awakens. Favreau’s new Star Wars series will introduce a cast of new characters, many of which will be brought to life using the same technology utilized to create the lifelike, moving and talking animals in the highly enjoyable, 2016 Jungle Book movie.
The new Star Wars TV series, is actually one of several shows Disney is currently developing for their new streaming service, which they are looking to launch in 2019. A direct competition to Netflix.
Favreau undertaking Star Wars
Favreau isn’t exactly unfamiliar with Star Wars. Besides having a voice role in the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story, he actually voiced the character Pre Vizsla in the animated Star Wars Clone Wars TV series.
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.
As a Star Wars nerd, I’m actually very happy to hear Favreau will be writing and producing the new TV series. I really enjoyed his sarcastic performance in the Spider-Man: Homecoming movie. His directing skills are highly appreciated, with the 2 successful Iron Man movies he directed and the fantastic live-action Jungle Book, was one of the best films of 2016 I had seen.
When it was announced Rian Johnson, was directing the new Star Wars movie trilogy and with my dislike of his take on the Last Jedi, it left me uneasy. But with Favreau on board for the new TV series, I am relieved and confident he would deliver a TV series that I will be looking forward to jumping into hyperspace to watch.
Star Wars TV series has been in development for a while
This isn’t actually the first time a live-action Star Wars TV series was announced. Years back prior to George Lucas selling his company and the Star Wars rights to Disney, a Star Wars TV series was in development. It was called Underworld, set in the time between Episode III and Episode IV. There were an estimated 50 scripts written before Disney tanked it after the purchase.
So finally being able to see a live-action TV series greenlit and come to life, is a fan’s dream come true. The Jedi gods have answered my prayers.
So what could the new TV series be focusing on?
After watching the Force Awakens and the Last Jedi, I hope we’ll be seeing characters and events that lead up to these movies. Possibly Luke Skywalker, training a bunch of new Jedi kids at the academy. Or even a young Ben Solo, before he becomes the conflicted Kylo Ren we see today. A possible rise of Snoke (who was killed off rather quickly and easily in the Last Jedi) and advancement of the First Order and the waning of the Republic. Seeing the progression of Starkiller Base would be an interesting backstory that was left out from the recent films.
It would be interesting to see some hint of who or how the Knights of Ren came to be. We only saw a glimpse of them in the Force Awakens. There might even be room for guest appearances of Han Solo, with reprising roles for Harrison Ford. You never know, although seeing Harrison Ford, in a TV series would be unlikely.
However, searching my feelings, I doubt it would be directly related to the recent movies. Whenever Star Wars create any other media tie-in it’s normally very separate and unlikely to see any major crossovers.
I’m already paying for Sky TV, and subscribed to both Netflix and Amazon Prime. Having to shell out another subscription fee to watch the new Star Wars TV series, won’t be a warm welcome. But if it means it’s the only way to watch the new Star Wars TV series, Disney will have my money.
I do hope we’ll be seeing a Jedi or two or at least some lightsaber action in the new TV series. One objection I have on the new Solo movie, is that there might not be any Jedi or lightsabers involved. In my eyes, a Star Wars movie or TV series without a Jedi or lightsaber isn’t Star Wars at all. It’s like a pizza without the cheese. Let’s hope Favreau can deliver.
Please, Jon Favreau you’re my only hope.