Disney CEO Bob Iger has been teasing a lot regarding Disney’s upcoming streaming service set to launch in the Fall of 2019 here in the United States and overseas shortly after. Now it’s time for some big updates regarding the content of the service.
Disney has begun meetings in the creative community about the new Disney streaming service, from which we can gauge kind of what they’re planning. No price point just yet, but the big news which isn’t super surprising is that the streaming service will not include any R-rated movies when it launches. R-rated content will go on Hulu, which has a deal with 20th Century Fox which Disney is in the process of buying. Speaking of which, there has been no mention of how Fox content will fit into the new service, since that deal is far from done and there are a lot of details that still have to be worked out.
Within the first year, Disney hopes to launch four or five original movies and five TV series. The TV shows will cost between $25 million and $25 million for 10 episode seasons, but there exists the possibility that one or two really big shows might have a cap of $100 million for a 10 episode season which would allow them to compete with the scale of shows like Game of Thrones or Westworld.
Disney’s held back the release of its live-action comedy Magic Camp directed by Mark Waters (Mean Girls) which was to be released last year, will now make its debut on the streaming service.
Disney will also take Noelle starring Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader off the release schedule as it will also makes its way to the streaming service. Noelle just recently wrapped production.
Disney’s live-action Sword In The Stone remake, which just recently hired a director would also be made for the streaming service. Ridley Scott’s Merlin film will remain a theatrical release.
A live-action remake of Lady And The Tramp is in early development and is being considered for the streaming service.
Other films headed for the service will be Don Quixote, Stargirl, The Paper Magician, Timmy Failure (Tom McCarthy attached to direct, and a remake of Three Men And A Baby.
Now on the TV side Disney has already announced series for Monsters Inc, High School Musical, as well as Star Wars and Marvel series.
All this news is still early in development so stay tuned to Disney Film Facts, as the news breaks.