Disney’s new streaming service is set to launch in 2019, and thanks to Deadline, we have more information about the initial slate of movie and TV offerings.
Pricing for the new platform hasn’t been revealed, but it will only be available in the United States before expanding overseas when it launches. Programming will be consistent with the family-friendly Disney brand, so there won’t be any R-rated content on the Disney streaming service. Instead, R-rated programming will stream on Hulu. There’s no word on how 21st Century Fox’s assets will factor into the new service.
The current plan for the Marvel series is to leave them where they are so that Netflix will hang on to shows like “Jessica Jones” and “The Defenders.”
As previously reported, the goal is to create four or five original movies in the first year. Disney also plans to create original TV programming for the service. We can expect five new 10-episode TV shows, with a budget of $25 million – $35 million. An exception could be made for an extra ambitious show, capping the budget at $100 million for 10 episodes.
According to Deadline, the following movie projects are a top priority:
- “Lady and the Tramp” (presumably a live-action version, though the article doesn’t specify)
- “Don Quixote,” with a script from Billy Ray (“The Hunger Games”)
- “The Paper Magician,” based on a book series by Charlie N. Holmberg
- “Stargirl,” directed by Julia Hart and based on a novel by Jerry Spinelli
- “Togo,” a live-action sled dog movie directed by Ericson Core
Priority development projects include:
- The live-action “The Sword in the Stone.”
- “Three Men and a Baby” remake
- “Timmy Failure,” based on a book series by Stephan Pastis
“Noelle,” starring Anna Kendrick, Bill Hader, Shirley MacLaine, and “Magic Camp,” is already in post-production and headed for the streaming service.
On the TV side, Disney has already announced an animated “Monsters, Inc.” series, a live-action “Star Wars” series, a live-action Marvel series, and a new “High School Musical” series.