Disney will be launching their new streaming service next year, and details as to what we will see on it are starting to surface. As expected, we will see a lot of the main Disney properties, but there will also be a few new changes to some of the other properties the studio owns like Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm.
According to new reports, we can expect to see some brand-new content as well. From the new Star Wars TV shows to films that will be released exclusively on the service. More on the story below.
The news comes to us via Deadline, who says the studio has been conducting meetings with the creative community to give a sense of its new OTT service that will launch in Fall 2019. However, there was no mention of how they will fit some of FOX’s content into it, if that deal actually gets finalized. Perhaps they are waiting on that.
The creative team includes OTT programming chief Agnes Chu. Chu has plenty of experience working for the mouse, having created original content for ABC’s digital platforms, working for Bob Iger during the opening of Shanghai Disney Resort and the relaunch of the Star Wars franchise, and most recently in franchise development at Walt Disney Imagineering. She’ll be working alongside Sean Bailey, who oversees Disney’s live-action family film slate, and Tendo Nagendo, Sam Dickerman, and Louie Provost.
The plan is to start small by focusing on a domestic audience before expanding over international waters. There will be no rated-R content on the service. That will go to Hulu, which the studio already has a deal with. Which means that if the Disney’s deal with FOX goes through, it’s likely that we will see films like Deadpool and Logan on Hulu.
But don’t expect to see any of the current Marvel Studios films or shows to jump on the Disney flagship. The plan is to keep all of the Marvel material on Netflix. Which make sense since most of the shows like The Defenders, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and The Punisher are already on it. However, it’s unclear what will happen to these shows when that deal expires.
As for some of the original content that we will see, some of the projects that are a top priority are Don Quixote written by Captain Phillip‘s scribe Billy Ray; a new iteration of Lady And The Tramp – probably live-action; Stargirl, to be directed by Julia Hart (Miss Stevens); and Togo, to be directed by Ericson Core (2015’s Point Break).
Disney will also be reserving some of their completed films and releasing them on their streaming service. Two films that are already confirmed are the Mark Waters-directed Magic Camp, and the Christmas flick Noelle with Anna Kendrick, Bill Hader, and Shirley MacLaine.
Projects that are currently under development will also be moving onto the service. They include 3 Men and a Baby, Sword and the Stone, and Timmy Failure. Now it will be interesting to see how Disney will release some of their new live-action adaptations of the animated classics. While most have been a hit, a few have stumbled, like Pete’s Dragon. Seeing that they have moved Sword and the Stone onto the site, we can probably expect to see more of those animated films that don’t have a large fan base be released on the service.
The studio also hopes to release some TV shows on the service as well. Shows include ones based on High School Musical, Monsters Inc., a live-action Marvel series, and the aforementioned Star Wars TV show.