Star Wars is breaking loose from the cinema with the news that Disney ‘go to’ man, Jon Favreau, is creating a new televisions series set in a galaxy far, far away.
Jon Favreau’s career permeates modern pop-culture entertainment in both film and television. Probably more so than many realise. As a producer he’s involved with blockbuster movies like ‘The Avengers’ and ‘The Jungle Book’ and televisions shows that include seth MacFarlane’s ‘The Orville’ and ‘Big Bang Theory’ spin-off ‘Young Sheldon’.
As a director most acknowledge that it was Favreau that got Marvel Studio’s first phase of movies off to a great start with ‘Iron Man’. He’s also working on Disney’s ‘The Lion King’, a live-action adaptation of their hugely successful animated film. This is off the back of ‘The Jungle Book’ and a forthcoming sequel.
First and foremost though, Jon Favreau is an actor who’s become a regular in the Marvel films as Tony Stark’s assistant ‘Happy’ Hogan. He’s voiced the character Pre Vizsla in ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ and will appear in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’.
It’s safe to say then that Disney trusts this guy across it’s biggest franchises, and it’s probably for this reason that Favreau has been charged with creating a television first.
Lucasfilm has revealed that a long anticipated live-action Star Wars television series is being produced and written by Disney’s go to man.
Whilst there’s no denying Favreau’s pedigree Variety reports on a backlash from fans on twitter. Not against the likeable actor/director/producer as such, more against Lucasfilm who appear to hold a policy of only hiring straight, white men to lead their high profile projects.