Yesterday, Lucasfilm officially announced that Jon Favreau (Iron Man, The Jungle Book), would be writing and producing the first live-action Star Wars TV series for Disney’s upcoming streaming service.
The news has received rather mixed receptions, with many stating that it’s another white man in charge of a Star Wars project, whilst others have pointed out that Favreau is an accomplished director who directed the film that started the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Iron Man. A film that was critically acclaimed and very successful at the box office. Not only that, he directed the first sequel, Iron Man 2, as well as the recently acclaimed The Jungle Book, a live-action adaptation of a Disney animated classic of the same name. The Jungle Book was a huge success, so much so that Disney handed him the director’s chair for the upcoming live-action adaptation of another Disney animated classic, The Lion King.
So it’s clear that Favreau is a talented guy but is he right for Star Wars?
Well in my opinion…yes.
He has already proven that he can handle popular properties and the overall tone of his films would perfectly suit Star Wars under Disney’s ownership. It is still early so there are no details regarding what exactly the series will be about. However, there are some theories that have been floating around since Disney CEO, Bob Iger, announced a live-action TV series back in November.
Theory 1- Knights of the Old Republic
The first theory is that fans will finally be able to see an adaptation of the classic Star Wars game Knights of the Old Republic (KotoR), that since the Disney acquisition, has been removed from official Star Wars canon. Set thousands of years before The Phantom Menace, the galaxy is in the middle of an all-out Jedi-Sith war, when a mysterious person (man or woman based on the player’s preference) is dragged into the conflict in the war against the Sith Lord Malak. The game is one of the most beloved amongst gamers and Star Wars fans, with a story that deserves to be seen on a screen, whether big or small.
In November, this was the most popular theory, however, since Lucasfilm announced that Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss would be creating their own series of Star Wars films, fans now believe that it is they who will be adapting KotoR.
Theory 2- Star Wars: Underworld
Officially announced back in 2005 at Star Wars Celebration III by George Lucas himself, the show would be set between the prequel trilogy and original trilogy, focusing on the criminal underworld of Coruscant. Lucas was so confident in the series that he planned on producing around 400 episodes. However, in 2010 the project was put on hold due to budget constraints. Despite this, Underworld has influenced Star Wars since with storylines originally conceived for the show being included in other Star Wars media such as the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The character of Saw Gerrera was originally created to appear in Underworld before appearing in The Clone Wars and later Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, played by Forest Whitaker.
The show would also have included characters already familiar to audiences such as fan favourite Boba Fett, as well as showing the first meeting between iconic characters Han Solo, Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian. The first meeting of the trio will be shown in the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story with a new cast of actors taking on the roles.
Fans have been desperate to see Underworld brought to life and with the Disney streaming service sure to spare no expense, it looks like this could finally happen.
Theory 3:- A continuation of something familiar
Another theory is that the series will actually be a continuation of something that audiences know and love: Star Wars Rebels.
The animated follow-up to The Clone Wars, Rebels was set between both the prequel trilogy and original trilogy, telling the story of a group of Rebels in their fight against the Empire. The show continued story arcs that were left unfinished when The Clone Wars was cancelled at the beginning of the Disney reign. Now, having just wrapped up its four-year run, the fans were left with an ending that in many ways was also a beginning. The immediate expectation was that the next animated series would continue the open storylines at the end of Rebels. However, fans have been clamouring for live action versions of their favourite animated characters and this would probably be done best on a TV show.
Theory 4- Something brand new
Finally, it could just be something totally new. Lucasfilm could trust Favreau to come up with ideas on his own whilst also keeping creative control over the project.
Whatever happens, this is great news for Star Wars fans and hopefully, we’ll get more news soon.