Original ‘Star Wars’ Coming Soon To Disney+?


Everyone knows about Netflix originals and Hulu originals. Disney+ is now starting to come out with their own Disney+ originals.

In a surprise announcement on October 12th, Disney stated that they were deciding to streamline their entertainment sector. This means that instead of releasing most of their major content into theaters, their primary focus is now going to be the Disney+ streaming service. It does not come as a total shock because Disney+ did so well for them during quarantine and through this pandemic. 

They released Frozen II and Onward during quarantine and earlier than expected onto Disney+. These releases created a huge influx in membership for the streaming service. And then with their release of the live-action Mulan onto Disney+ instead of theaters for an extra fee, they still made a large sum. Recently, it was announced that the new Pixar feature film Soul, is going to be released exclusively onto Disney+ rather than in theaters.

In the announcement about the restructuring of Disney, Disney CEO Bob Chapek had this to say: 
“Given the incredible success of Disney+ and our plans to accelerate our direct-to-consumer business, we are strategically positioning our Company to more effectively support our growth strategy and increase shareholder value. Managing content creation distinct from distribution will allow us to be more effective and nimble in making the content consumers want most, delivered in the way they prefer to consume it.”
This restructuring could mean good news for Marvel and Star Wars fans. Disney has been wanting to do even more with the two largest franchises that it owns, and this could be the answer to their wishes. The focus on Disney+ could mean more original films for both the Marvel and Star Wars universes. They would be exclusive releases on Disney+, just like Netflix or Hulu, instead of being released into theaters. Disney and Lucasfilm have already been quite vocal about wanting to add additional Star Wars content after the success of their original series The Mandalorian. They also have green lit the new Obi-Wan Kenobi series and The Bad Batch series. The latter is based off of characters from Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Disney+ already has several Marvel series/miniseries either in the works or coming out soon, such as WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, as well as the Loki miniseries. WandaVision is set to come out by the end of the year, and The Falcon and Winter Soldier is slated for next year.

ComicBook.com took a look at what Disney+ could do original movies and series in the Star Wars and Marvel franchises.
"Perhaps this restructuring is what will allow both studios to produce smaller-budget films that have a 90-minute to two-hour runtime for the service. While true blockbusters and tentpole features would still be reserved for theaters, should they eventually reopen, smaller feature films could head straight to the service in a move that’d help beef up the Marvel and Star Wars universes even further.

Maybe on the Marvel side, these features could be reserved for those characters Kevin Feige and company have always wanted to include and something but they have never been able to find a slot. It would be a chance for them to use it and with a smaller budget, it’d be something less risky to usher straight to Disney+."
Smaller budget films for Disney+ could mean a better return for Disney as a whole. On the Star Wars end, it could help them create more standalone stories similar to Solo: A Star Wars Story and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. They could even bring back some of the characters who are in those movies to reprise their roles in original films on Disney+. 

Disney has not confirmed that they will be making any more new content for Star Wars and Marvel than what they have already said. But there is a very good chance, especially with the drastic restructuring that Disney announced. And it will be interesting to see where this restructuring goes. Of course, this may not necessarily mean that Disney will stop releasing blockbuster films like Avengers: Endgame or The Rise of Skywalker in theaters. But it could mean an entirely new era of Disney+ original movies.

Source(s): Inside The Magic