It also will incorporate programming from National Geographic, which it acquires when its $71.3 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox closes.
On Wednesday, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed during an investor relations conference call that the House of Mouse will be producing another live-action Star Wars TV series in addition to Jon Favreau's The Mandalorian for its streaming service, which will be called Disney+. The new season of the returning Star Wars: The Clone Wars will appear on the service, as well as a Pixar series based on Monsters, Inc. A release date for the series has not yet been announced, but production will begin in 2019.
The company says the drama is in the works for Disney's new streaming service and follows the adventures of the rebel spy during the formative years of the Rebellion. There is no word yet on whether or not we'll see Alan Tudyk reprise his role as Cassian Andor's sardonic, perpetually grumpy sidekick, the reprogrammed imperial security droid K-2SO. "We have a fantastic adventure ahead of us, and this new exciting format will give us the chance to explore this character more deeply". Disney Channel musical phenom, High School Musical, will be rebooted for the streaming service.
The show is one of several ambitious series coming to Disney's Netflix challenger, which it has christened Disney+. The service also include such exclusive films as Noel, a Christmas movie about Santa's daughter played by Anna Kendrick, and Togo, a movie about the 1925 Nome Serum Run starring William DaFoe.
Disney is also set to hold a controlling share of video-streaming service Hulu as part of its takeover of Fox.