Later this year, Disney will be launching their own streaming service called Disney+. Their streaming service will have a ton of high-profile shows and movies.But don’t expect Disney+ to include original movies with enormous budgets made exclusively for the service like Star Wars & Marvel Movies. Those will be saved for the theatres (but eventually make their way to Disney+), according to Disney CEO Bob Iger in a recent interview with Barron’s.
During the interview with Barron’s, Iger stated that original movies exceeding budgets of $100 million won’t be made for Disney+.Though movies like a live-action “Lady and the Tramp” remake (Wasn’t even aware that was happening, but okay) will be made exclusively for Disney+, which won’t require a budget into the hundreds of millions.
“Our studio makes between eight and 10 movies a year, and they’re big budget, hopefully big box-office films, that really belong, we believe, on the big screen, we’re not looking to take one of those and put it on this platform. When we made the announcement, we said we’re going to make original movies for the platform. A number of ideas were pitched. Other than one, which was being contemplated for the big screen but wasn’t a big movie, none of them were in development as big-screen movies. One of them that we’re making for the platform is a remake of Lady and the Tramp. There was not one discussion about whether we should make that for the big screen. Everybody said this is a great story, would love to make it again, let’s make it for what we call ‘the service’ internally.”
– Bob Iger
That means upcoming Star Wars movies such as Rian Johnson’s Spin Off Trilogy and the David Benioff and D. B. Weiss series of films will be made for the big screen, as opposed to exclusively for Disney+. However, the live-action Star Wars shows such as this year’s The Mandalorian and the Cassian Andor prequel are being made for the streaming service. The Mandalorian is expected to cost around $100 million for ten episodes.
Two Marvel series starring Tom Hiddleston’s Loki and Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch are also in development.
“Almost every movie the studio makes is a $100 million-plus movie, and we’re not looking to make movies at that level for the service, we’re looking to invest significantly in television series on a per-episode business, and we’re looking to make movies that are higher budget, but nothing like that. We wouldn’t make a ‘Star Wars’ movie for this platform. When everybody goes out on the weekend and you have a movie that opens up to $200 million, there’s a buzz that creates that enhances value. We like that. And eventually the movies we’re making are going to [end up on] the service.”
– Bob Iger
Other films that are development exclusively for Disney+ include Noelle, a fantasy comedy starring Anna Kendrick; Togo, a historical movie about sled dogs starring Willem Dafoe. Along with a Three Men and a Baby and Sword and the Stone remake, according to Deadline.
This news comes literally a day after an article from “Seventeen Magazine” (an American teen magazine with a reader-base geared towards 13-to-19-year-old females) published an article incorrectly stating that Rian Johnson’s Trilogy would be debuting on the stream service without any clarification from either LucasFilm or Disney. Though it is possible they were simply generalising, lumping Rian Johnson’s Trilogy with The Mandalorian and the Cassian Andor prequel all together. This is why you should always look into sources.
With Star Wars Celebration Chicago approaching in a few months time, we’ll probably hear more about any upcoming films LucasFilm has for us in the next few years. With Episode IX ending the Skywalker Story in December it’ll be a chance to give us an idea on where Star Wars will be going. It’ll be a complete mystery. Will it be set after Episode IX or before Episode I? Time will tell.
Written by: Connor Heggie