Jon Favreau is set to write and executive produce a live action Star Wars TV series to air on Disney's upcoming digital streaming service. The announcement was made earlier today by Star Wars.com.
While information is scant and hard to come by this early in the process, LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy had this to say:
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.
Last month, Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed that the new Disney streaming service would feature multiple Star Wars shows and new Marvel shows. The Star Wars movies will be exclusive to the new service, along with Marvel films and a Muppets reboot, amongst others.
Jon Favreau is no stranger to the Disney family, having helped craft the budding Marvel Cinematic Universe in the early days as director of Iron Man and Iron Man 2. And of course later as an executive producer of the Iron Man and Avengers films for Marvel Studios. There was also the massively successful The Jungle Book retelling.
Jon is pretty excited about this Star Wars project, saying:
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.
We'll update if any more information becomes available on this breaking story, but more than likely we won't hear anything for awhile, as the streaming service is in the early stages of platform development.