As Disney prepares to launch its own streaming service, it is turning to its most popular entities to make sure people sign up. Among those is Star Wars, and the House of Mouse is developing a marquee series that will reportedly cost a fortune to produce.
According to the New York Times, the Star Wars series is going to cost $100 million for 10 episodes. That comes out to about $10 million per episode, which is a stunning budget only reserved for a select few series, including Game of Thrones. If the outsized budget means we’ll get world building similar to what we get in the HBO hit, it sounds as if Disney is going for broke with this series.
The Star Wars series is being written by Jon Favreau, who has previously helmed Iron Man, Iron Man 2 and The Jungle Book for Disney under the Marvel banner. In leading this new project, Disney is now entrusting the director with the marquee title on its streaming service that will be a one-stop destination for all things Disney.
Favreau says the “new streaming service affords a wonderful opportunity to tell stories that stretch over multiple chapters.”
Aside from the Star Wars series, Disney reportedly has nine movies in production that will include a live-action adaptation of Lady and the Tramp and The Sword in the Stone. Each of these projects will carry a budget between $20 to $60 million. Then there’s the return of the animated Star Wars show The Clone Wars that will also help beef up the streaming service’s line-up.
The Star Wars series is expected to premiere some time in 2019 but a specific premiere date has not been announced.