Lucasfilm has just announced that Jon Favreau has been signed on to executive produce and write a live-action Star Wars series for Disney’s upcoming direct-to-consumer platform. Favreau played roles in both the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series and in the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story and is no stranger to the Star Wars universe.
“I couldn’t be more excited about Jon coming on board to produce and write for the new direct-to-consumer platform,” says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. “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 is excited to return to the Star Wars galaxy 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.”
Disney’s long relationship with Favreau began when he directed and produced the enormously successful The Jungle Book, which won an Academy Award for its groundbreaking visual effects. He is currently in production on Disney’s much-anticipated reimagining of The Lion King, set to be released in 2019. He also helped launch the Marvel Cinematic Universe as director of Iron Man and Iron Man 2 and as an executive producer of the Iron Man and Avengers films for Marvel Studios.
The untitled Star Wars live-action series has no release date as of this time.