Disney’s OTT content offering begins to take shape

Disney plans to launch its streaming service in 2019. Meanwhile, the company continues to prepare the content offering. A New York Times report revealed that the upcoming live-action ‘Star Wars’ TV series is expected to cost around USD 100 million for 10 episodes.
“‘Star Wars’ is a big world, and Disney’s new streaming service affords a wonderful opportunity to tell stories that stretch out over multiple chapters,” Jon Favreau, writer and producer of the project, said in an email.
The New York Times report also offered some details of the programming offer. According to two agents and two producers working with Disney, all of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to protect ties to the company, “at least nine movies are in production or advanced development, with budgets ranging from USD 20 million to USD 60 million”.
Disney is also adapting “Lady and the Tramp” (1955) and “The Sword in the Stone” (1963). Other films include “Togo,” a period adventure about a sled dog, and “Noelle,” starring Anna Kendrick as Santa’s daughter.
In turn, most series will cost USD 25 million to USD 35 million. The list of productions includes spinoffs of Disney franchises like “High School Musical” and “Monsters Inc,” and it might include a new series of The Muppets.
In addition, “at least 5,000 episodes of old Disney-branded television shows will anchor the service,” according to New York Times. Programming from National Geographic, which is part of the Fox acquisition, will probably be offered on the service. Fox’s animated shows, including “The Simpsons,” are expected to remain on Hulu.