Jon Favreau to Write and Produce Live-Action Star Wars TV Series


Last month we learned that Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss had been recruited to join the Star Wars universe, but that they would be writing and producing a brand new series of Star Wars movies as opposed to a TV show. Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger did confirm, however, that there are multiple Star Wars TV projects currently in development for Disney’s upcoming streaming service and that more announcements would be forthcoming. Now this week we have learned that at least one of those shows will be overseen by Jon Favreau. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy had this to say about the announcement:

“I couldn’t be more excited about Jon coming on board to produce and write for the new direct-to-consumer platform… Jon brings the perfect mix of producing and writing talent, combined with a fluency in the Star Wars universe. This series will allow Jon the chance to work with a diverse group of writers and directors and give Lucasfilm the opportunity to build a robust talent base.”

Jon Favreau is currently in production on a live-action adaptation of The Lion King and he has previously directed several other projects for Disney including The Jungle Book as well as the first two Iron Man movies. His TV experience is more limited, although he was executive producer on the sci-fi series Revolution and he directed one-off episodes of The Office, Young Sheldon, The Shannara Chronicles and The Orville. Favreau will write and produce the Star Wars show and it says he will “helm” it as well, although clearly he will not be directing every episode. Plot details are being kept under wraps and the show does not yet have a release date. Do you think Jon Favreau is a good choice to oversee a Star Wars live-action TV series?

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