Jon Favreau set to write, produce live-action 'Star Wars' TV series for Disney streaming service

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MW Jon Favreau set to write, produce live-action 'Star Wars' TV series for Disney streaming service
Walt Disney Co. (DIS) said on Thursday that "Iron Man" and "The Jungle Book" director Jon Favreau has signed on to executive produce and write a live-action "Star Wars" series for Disney's upcoming standalone streaming service. "I couldn't be more excited about Jon coming on board to produce and write for the new direct-to-consumer platform," Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement. During the company's most recent quarterly conference call in February, Disney Chief Bob Iger said they were developing a few "Star Wars" series specifically to stream on it's forthcoming service. Disney did not provide a release date for Favreau's live-action "Star Wars" series, nor did it give insight into the story Favreau would delve into. The long-awaited streaming service is scheduled to launch in the fall of 2019. Favreau, who has a role in the upcoming film "Solo: A Star Wars Story," is currently in production for Disney's update of "The Lion King," which is also set to be released in 2019. Shares of Disney have declined more than 6% in the last 12 months, while the S&P 500 index is up more than 15%.

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  • Posted by  $  blarman 11 months, 1 week ago
    But will they make it in the universe of Lucas or of Disney? My bet is the latter and so while it will have plenty of explosions, it will also be rife with other feminist garbage.
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  • Posted by  $  allosaur 11 months, 2 weeks ago
    Hooo-boy! Di$ney is milking their bought rights to make $tar War$ this and thats for all it's worth!
    Me dino is not against capitalists making money with a product but I do have a prediction.
    Thinking of Italian flick trends, I recall the run of post Hercules (that first 'un with Steve Reeves) Sword And Sandal swashbucklers and post A Fistful Of Dollars Spaghetti Westerns being churned out, churned out, churned out until movie goers had enough.
    Too much of something generally kills it off.
    Well, for a while anyway. I recall reading and agreeing (for having lived through those years) that making of Silverado followed a dead period for making Westerns.
    Thought that silly but enjoyable 300 might revive Sword And Sandals but its sequel was a stinker. Me dino started to watch Gods Of Egypt last night on TV but after 20 minutes I couldn't stand it anymore. Watched the rest of (seen it before) Jurassic World instead and switched to Fox News during commercials.
    At least reoccurring dinosaur flicks has never been run to death, but me dino has one complaint. Allosaurs ruled the Jurassic period in North America. So how come we can't movie flick time travel to the real Jurassic Period way befoire T-Rex came along? Inquiring allosaurs want to know.
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    • Posted by freedomforall 11 months, 2 weeks ago
      "Di$ney" is a critical observation.
      I'm in favor of free markets. Di$ney is not. They use government to eliminate competition and extend their IP, 50 (and counting) years longer than it should ever be.
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      • Posted by  $  allosaur 11 months, 2 weeks ago
        Well, that's Obamanable kinda news to me. I can imagine who Di$ sends campaign contributions to.
        Whoa! Me dino is now contemplating who was in power when Disney got hold of Star Wars. Hmm!
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        • Posted by freedomforall 11 months, 2 weeks ago

          Damned greedy slime can't build something new that's worth 5#|7 so they get government to fill their coffers for them. And that law fills the coffers of thousands of unproductive grandchildren of authors and composers while looting from new artists who are trying to make a living. Di$ney is a massive looter that ruins careers of thousands with no connection to that GD mouse.

          We will likely see the lawyers and politicians start pushing for another copyright extension for Di$ney this year. That will extend what they bought from Lucas well into the 22nd century.
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          • Posted by  $  allosaur 11 months, 2 weeks ago
            That's a defective link. Wherever you click on "read more," you get a white out.
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            • Posted by freedomforall 11 months, 2 weeks ago
              Works perfectly here, dino. I'm even using a VPN and it's fine.
              Text follows:
              "When the Copyright Act was first enacted in the United States, the copyright duration was only 14 years. Today Copyright duration can last over a century in some cases. Why such a drastic change? Some say it is all due to a cute little mouse named Mickey.

              Copyright duration had some changes over the 125-years before Mickey Mouse. In the Copyright Act of 1790, the 14-year term was renewable for one additional 14-year term, if the author was alive at the end of the first 14 years. And it only applied to maps, charts and books. Registration and use of a copyright notice were also required. If you didn’t meet those requirements, the work immediately entered into the public domain. By 1831 it was changed to 28 years with a 14 year renewal and in 1909, copyright duration became 28 years with a 28 year renewal. Very few works actually maintained those copyright durations as only a small percentage of people even bothered to register copyrights in the first place, and of those that did, only a tiny fraction renewed them.

              Enter Steamboat Willy, the first Mickey Mouse cartoon and the first animated short by Walt Disney in 1928. Under the 1909 Copyright scheme, the Mickey Mouse character had copyright protection for 56 years (with the renewal), expiring in 1984. With the impending loss of copyright on it’s mascot, Disney is said to have begun serious lobbying push for changes to the Copyright Act.

              In 1976, Congress authorized a major overhaul of the copyright system assuring Disney extended protection. Instead of the maximum of 56 years with extensions, individual authors were granted protection for their life plus an additional 50 years, (which was the norm in Europe). For works authored by corporations, the 1976 legislation also granted a retroactive extension for works published before the new system took effect. The maximum term for already-published works was lengthened from 56 years to 75 years pushing Mickey protection out to 2003. Anything published in 1922 or before was in the public domain. Anything after that may still be under copyright.

              With only 5 years left on Mickey Mouse’s copyright term, Congress again changed the duration with the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998. This legislation lengthens copyrights for works created on or after January 1, 1978 to “life of the author plus 70 years,” and extends copyrights for corporate works to 95 years from the year of first publication, or 120 years from the year of creation, whichever expires first. That pushed Mickey’s copyright protection out to 2023.

              The chart above illustrates the “Mickey Mouse Curve,” showing how copyright duration has changed close to each time Mickey Mouse is about to expire.

              Not everybody has been happy about these changes due to our inability to use old work to create new artistic works. One author noted that we are “the first generation to deny our own culture to ourselves” since “no work created during your lifetime will, without conscious action by its creator, become available for you to build upon.”

              Disney now has until 2023 to figure out how to extend that date once again. In 5 years or so, we can probably expect to see stories about proposed changes to copyright duration, once again. It is unlikely that a company as strong as Disney will sit by and allow Steamboat Willie to enter the Public Domain. What would you do with Steamboat Willie’s Mickey Mouse if it enters the public domain? "

              The existing law is looting for lazy, non-producing corporations and shiftless non-producing grandchildren and great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren of people who died as long as 70 years ago. It's disgusting.
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  • Posted by freedomforall 11 months, 2 weeks ago
    Puke. May Disney and Kathleen Kennedy get all the rewards they so richly deserve.
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    • Posted by  $  11 months, 2 weeks ago
      Oh she is a naked mole rat! thanks
      To be honest I only saw the Original Star Wars in 1976? Wow
      I am not a big movie guy but I know a lot of sci-fi StarWars buffs here and saw the report and posted.
      The Last Jedi has Kathleen Kennedy’s fingerprints all over it. She’s a Berkley educated liberal-feminist who was groomed by Hollywood men, told she had good ideas and was given powerful positions without having to do all that much… kind of like Rey.
      All the men in The Last Jedi are cowards, failures, inept, or suffer from toxic masculinity. The women know better then them must save the men from their masculinity. It’s the mindset of an arrogant woman who for years has put up with the men around her (remember Hollywood is a cesspool) and believes herself to be some beacon of feminine light in the darkness. Burning the tree of the Force is setting fire the the patriarchy. The subtext of The Last Jedi is very deep and very post-modern. It’s a reflection of Queen Kennedy. It’s also why they had to destroy what Star Wars meant to us and why half the audience hates this film.
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      • Posted by  $  11 months, 2 weeks ago
        Naked Mole Rats are an interesting species. They live in underground colonies. They are the only mammals that exhibit eusociality, (like bees and termites) meaning there is one Queen who reproduces with 1–3 males. No other males or females are allowed to breed and in fact they remain infertile due to high stress level hormones caused by the queen stepping on their heads. If any female does become fertile, the Queen quickly and viciously dispatches her. The non-breeding males acquire food and maintain the tunnels and the females take care of the Queen’s young offspring and partake in cooperative grooming.
        Kathleen Kennedy has become the Queen Naked Mole Rat of the Lucasfilm Colony. Substitute the idea of breeding and offspring with the creative process and producing a film. So who are the males that Queen Kennedy reproduces with? Take a look at this list:
        J.J. Abrams
        Gareth Edwards
        Rian Johnson
        Phil Lord and Chris Miller (fired)
        Colin Trevorrow (fired)
        Ron Howard
        Stephen Daldry (rumored)
        These are all the directors so far selected by Queen Kennedy suitable to mate with and birth a Star Wars Film. What’s missing? With the exception of J.J. and Howard, experience is missing. Recently Ridley Scott commented that Star Wars movies should be created by more experienced directors. And why not? Why not let some of Hollywood’s best director’s have a crack at Star Wars?
        Because they are not easily controlled. And as we’ve seen over the last year, if you don’t follow the orders of Queen Kennedy, it’s off with your head.
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