Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger was on hand to unveil the official name for the company's upcoming direct-to-consumer streaming service during a live audio webcast where Disney revealed its fiscal full year and fourth quarter 2018 financial results.
- Lucasfilm is in development on a second Star Wars live-action series for Disney+ that will go into production next year.
"We have a fantastic adventure ahead of us, and this new exciting format will give us the chance to explore this character more deeply." he continued.
Other than Star Wars and Marvel, we will also be getting the previously revealed Monsters Inc. animated series and TV series adaptation of the classic Mighty Ducks family ice-hockey franchise from the 1990s spearheaded by the original writer and producer. As Variety first reported, Disney is developing a number of limited series centered on popular characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (or the MCU, as it's commonly known). A release date has not yet been announced. The "Rogue One" prequel is set to begin production late 2019, so I imagine it will be likely debut in 2020, after "The Mandalorian", the series now in production under the guidance of John Favreau. In addition, it has greenlit a Marvel series based on Loki, to star Tom Hiddleston.
But as it turns out Disney is not done with the characters who made the movie so great. Disney describes Cassian's new series as a "rousing spy thriller".
Disney is trying to transform itself into a broad-based digital entertainment company as over the years audiences moved to streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime.
The Fox acquisition brings Disney a roster of talented television and film executives who, together with their Disney counterparts, can create "a lot more" original programming for Hulu. It's also a search operator, which means you can't use it when searching on Google or even within many Disney owned apps.
The launch of this streaming platform will also affect the offerings on other streaming services as Disney pulls its content from platforms like Netflix.