Iron Man Director Hired to Write Star Wars TV Series
Jon Favreau is moving from a universe to a galaxy (that's Marvel's Cinematic Universe to a galaxy far, far away). Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Studios announced today that they've hired Favreau to write and produce a brand new Star Wars live-action TV series.
Favreau is probably best known as the director of 2008's Iron Man starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow. He also directed Iron Man 2, Elf, and Cowboys & Aliens. Favreau's most recent project was Disney's live action version of The Jungle Book, which garnered both critical acclaim and impressive box office sales.
This TV series marks an interesting expansion for the Star Wars brand; aside from a few ill-fated one-off TV specials and a handful of animated series, this will be one of the franchise's most significant forays into television. Still, we'll have to wait on further details. The show currently has no title or release date. What we do know: It will only be available on Disney's new streaming service, which is also unnamed.
At any rate, this is certain to be an exciting announcement for Star Wars fans everywhere. With such a talented filmmaker writing the script, the finished product is likely to be excellent. Furthermore, this show affords fans an opportunity to explore the world of Star Wars even further.
For now, we'll just have to be patient. We'll hope Favreau is a fast writer.
Kyle Massa is a writer and avid Magic player living in upstate New York with his fiancée and their two cats. When he's not writing, you'll find him down at the East Greenbush Flipside store jamming booster drafts. For more of Kyle's work, visit www.kyleamassa.com or follow him on Twitter @mindofkyleam.
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