Add another one to the pile.
Jon Favreau (Iron Man, The Jungle Book) is the latest filmmaker to be handed the keys to the ever-expanding Star Wars universe.
Lucasfilm has announced that the Emmy-nominated actor-writer-producer-director has signed on to executive produce and write a live-action Star Wars series for whatever Disney’s upcoming streaming platform ends up being called. Favreau has previous experience with the Star Wars franchise, having played roles in both the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series and in Solo: A Star Wars Story, which hits theaters in May of this year.
“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 added, “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.”
Favreau makes sense as someone Disney would want to oversee a new Star Wars property, as the studio has had a decade-long relationship with the filmmaker. Favreau not only directed Iron Man and Iron Man 2, helping to launch the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the process, but has also directed and produced the ridiculously successful reimagining of The Jungle Book and is currently doing the same thing for the upcoming remake of The Lion King, due out in 2019.
The untitled Star Wars live-action series does not yet have a release date.