While there are plenty of other projects in the Star Wars universe that are facing a great deal of uncertainty, the live-action TV series is moving right along. Lucasfilm announced the series in May, with Iron Man and The Jungle Book director Jon Favreau coming on board as the chief creative force behind it. He's been busy writing the series, which will ultimately arrive as part of Disney's upcoming streaming service. Now we have word that the show could begin filming as early as this fall, but will almost certainly have cameras rolling before year's end.
According to a new report, though exact filming dates have not yet been revealed, Lucasfilm wants to begin production on the new Star Wars show as early as this fall but no later than winter. If that holds true, it's possible that the studio is looking to have the series ready to go as a launch title for Disney's streaming service. They will need something to help boost up their subscriber base initially and that is absolutely one way to get people on board.
The movie side of the Star Wars universe has truly divided the fanbase. The Last Jedi has become the most divisive movie in the history of the franchise and it's turned sections of the fandom into a toxic thing. Solo also served as a big disappointment at the box office and, taking those things both into account, the future beyond Star Wars 9 is a bit hazy. However, the franchise on the small screen, with shows like Star Wars Rebels, has done good by fans and people have been craving a live-action show for years. This could be just what the franchise needs right now.
Jon Favreau won't be directing every episode of the Star Wars TV series. He serves as an executive producer and a writer. It's expected that other directors will come on board to helm various episodes, but no other directors have been announced just yet. We also haven't had any word on casting, but if the series really is going to begin filming this fall, expect to hear word on who will be starring in the show, amongst other details, in the very near future.
George Lucas had plans for a live-action series set in a galaxy far, far away before he sold Lucasfilm to Disney, but he was never quite able to get it going. It mostly was an issue of the show being far too expensive, but there are said to be 100 completed scripts somewhere in a vault at Lucasfilm. Maybe Disney can make use of those someday if this goes over well.
Plot details are mostly being kept under wraps right now and we also don't have a title for the show quite yet. Jon Favreau did reveal recently that the series will be set after the events of Return of the Jedi and will take place in the time frame prior to the events of The Force Awakens. That's something Lucasfilm hasn't really explored in live-action yet and poses a lot of exciting possibilities. This news comes to us courtesy of Omega Underground.