Last year, reports surfaced a new live-action Star Wars TV series was coming soon from Disney. Since then, there have been news reports that Disney plans to bring the new TV series to their streaming service. Now, according to a new piece by the New York Times, the show could cost $100 million to produce.
Speaking to Ricky Strauss, the man at the head of Disney’s new streaming platform, New York Times writer Brooks Barnes uncovered new information about Disney’s latest project. The cost of ten episodes of the live-action Star Wars series could hit $100 million, a number higher than the “$25 to $35 million” a traditional TV series costs to create. Competing companies like Apple, Netflix, and Amazon are also spending billions of dollars to produce original content for their streaming platforms.
“Star Wars is a big world, and Disney’s new streaming service affords a wonderful opportunity to tell stories that stretch out over multiple chapters,” read a quote from an email sent to The New York Times from Jon Favreau, the Iron Man director in charge of bringing the new Star Wars show to life.
“There’s a big, big opportunity for storytellers inside and outside of Disney to help us,” Strauss adds. Later, Strauss also says that Disney is “playing with launch dates” for its new streaming service’s content.
“To be successful in making content, you need to have a marketing lens on everything you do — who are the people you are driving toward?” concludes Strauss. ”At the same time, I love great stories. I’m very intellectually curious.”
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