The Walt Disney Company has announced that it will give investors a first look at Disney+ on April 11, 2019, on which date the company will hold its Investor Day. April 11 also happens to be the first day of Star Wars Celebration, so it’s safe to assume we’ll be getting a first look at the upcoming streaming service’s live-action series The Mandalorian.
“Our top priority is fully leveraging our global brands and great content to create world-class direct-to-consumer entertainment,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. “We have the structure and management in place to drive growth in our DTC business, and our acquisition of 21st Century Fox further enhances our ability to deliver significant value to consumers and shareholders.”
Iger added, “Acquiring BAMTech enabled us to enter the DTC space quickly and effectively, as demonstrated by the success of ESPN+. The service surpassed one million subscribers in its first five months and continues to grow as it expands its content mix, all of which bodes well for our upcoming launch of Disney+. The ability to connect directly with millions of Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars fans creates tremendous opportunities for growth. In addition to leveraging our existing IP in new ways, we’re making significant investments in original content exclusively for Disney+, creating an impressive pipeline of high-quality movies and series we believe will make the streaming service even more compelling for consumers.”
The robust slate of Disney+ content currently in production includes the first-ever live-action Star Wars series, The Mandalorian; an original series based on Disney Channel’s High School Musical; an animated series based on Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. franchise; a new season of the Star Wars animated series, Clone Wars; a live-action version of the animated classic Lady and the Tramp; and a number of original docu-series.
A live-action Marvel series starring Tom Hiddleston as Loki, The Vision and Scarlet Witch, a team-up of Falcon and the Winter Soldier, a second Star Wars series starring Diego Luna (learn more here), and other high-profile projects are also in development.
Jon Favreau is writing and executive producing The Mandalorian for Disney+. The live-action series, which is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order, is currently in production with a lineup of directors that include Deborah Chow (Marvel’s Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates) and Taika Waititi (Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok).
Disney+ is scheduled to launch in the U.S. in late 2019.