Disney, becoming a member of different massive leisure firms, goes all in on streaming.
A four-hour investor presentation Thursday is making that abundantly clear, as firm executives promised that, in coming years, its Disney+ streaming service plans 10 new Marvel collection, 10 extra “Star Wars” collection, 15 stay motion or animated collection underneath the Disney or Pixar umbrella and 15 new Disney or Pixar films.
Disney CEO Bob Chapek stated Disney+ has 86.eight million subscribers as of Dec. 2, up from 73.7 million in November. At $6.99 a month, Disney+ is cheaper than Netflix’s lowest-price plan ($9.99) and fewer than half the price of HBO Max.
A remake of George Lucas’ 1988 movie “Willow,” directed Ron Howard, will return as a 2022 collection, with authentic star Warwick Davis within the solid and Jon Chu (“Loopy Wealthy Asians”) directing the pilot episode.
‘Star Wars’ without end
However a lot of the streaming firepower was directed at “Star Wars.” Two spin-offs of Disney+’s greatest hit, “The Mandalorian” – “Rangers of the New Republic” and “Ahsoka” – are becoming a member of Disney+, starting in Christmas 2021.
And extra “Star Wars” collection are coming quickly: “Andor,” starring Diego Luna because the character he performed in 2016’s “Rogue One” movie, and (as beforehand introduced) “Obi Wan Kenobi,” with the return of Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader. (Manufacturing on “Obi Wan” begins in March.) Justin Simien (“Pricey White Folks”) is behind “Lando,” that includes the Lando Calrissian character from earlier movies. And “The Acolyte” can also be within the works from Leslye Headland (“Russian Doll”).
Extra “Star Wars” animated collection, “The Dangerous Batch” and “A Droid Story” are additionally within the works. And “Star Wars Visions” is a collection of quick movies.
Hulu, which provides extra grownup fare, together with an enormous library of TV and film titles and TV episodes a day after their preliminary airing, has 38.eight million subscribers. ESPN+ has 11.5 million. Lots of these subscribers pay for a $12.99 DIsney Bundle that features all three providers. (Beginning in January, an ad-free model of Hulu might be substituted for an extra $6 a month.)
Amongst Hulu initiatives showcased on the presentation:
- “Solely Murders within the Constructing,” a Hulu homicide thriller starring Martin Quick, Steve Martin and Selena Gomez.
- “The Dropout,” a new tackle scamming Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, performed Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Evening Stay.”
- “Dopesick,” a drama starring Michael Keaton and Kerry Washington about Massive Pharma’s profiteering from Oxy-Contin.
- “9 Good Strangers,” primarily based on “Massive Little Lies” writer Liane Moriarty’s novel, concerning the wellness and therapeutic trade, starring Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy.
Kardashians transfer to Hulu
The Kardashian household, which is able to finish their long-running “Protecting Up with the Kardashians” on NBC Common’s E! subsequent 12 months, will develop new exhibits for Hulu that wil be distributed globally on Disney’s Star service. The settlement begins in late 2021, the streaming service introduced. No particulars have been disclosed.
Disney Tv Studios plans a number of new authentic collection for the streaming service:
- “Recreation Changers,” an replace of 1992’s “The Mighty Geese” hockey collection that includes Lauren Graham and authentic solid member Emilio Estevez.
- An replace of “Turner & Hooch” the dog-and-man comedy starring Josh Peck (“Drake & josh”) within the position performed Tom Hanks within the 1989 movie.
- “Massive Shot,” a drama collection from David E. Kelley (“Massive Little Lies,” “Massive Sky”) starring John Stamos because the coach of a ladies’ highschool basketball group.
- In improvement: A prequel collection to “Magnificence and the Beast,” a brand new model of “Swiss Household Robinson” and “The Mysterious Benedict Society,” primarily based on a well-liked young-adult ebook collection.
FX had its personal flip to shine: The edgy cable community, like Hulu a current addition to the Disney household, touting a “Shogun” collection and a drama concerning the Rolling Stones.
And NatGeo will focus its subsequent “Genius” collection on Martin Luther King Jr. and plans a movie about undeewater explorer Jacques Cousteau.