Bob Chapek, CEO of the Walt Disney Firm and former head of Walt Disney Parks and Experiences, speaks throughout a media preview of the D23 Expo 201
Bob Chapek, CEO of the Walt Disney Firm and former head of Walt Disney Parks and Experiences, speaks throughout a media preview of the D23 Expo 2019 in Anaheim, California, Aug. 22, 2019.
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Disney is pulling out all of the stops for its streaming providers.
On Thursday, the corporate revealed a slew of spectacular Disney+ bulletins together with new collection related to its Star Wars franchise.
The corporate’s newly minted technique, which focuses closely on its year-old streaming service Disney+, is all about “high quality not quantity,” Disney’s chairman and former CEO Bob Iger stated. Iger, who left the helm of the corporate 9 months in the past to give attention to content material, stated “high quality holds worth.”
Throughout the investor day presentation, Disney supplied perception and updates about its trio of streaming providers in addition to its plan for theatrical releases.
Alongside an epic new collection starring fan favourite Ahsoka Tano, Disney will launch a brand new Star Wars film in 2023 referred to as “Rogue Squadron.” The movie will likely be helmed by Patty Jenkins.
The corporate introduced Thursday that Disney+ now has 86.eight million subscribers throughout its annual investor day. That is up from the 73 million that the corporate reported on the finish of its fiscal fourth quarter.
On the heels of rival Warner Bros. asserting that it’s going to launch 17 movies on HBO Max and in theaters on the identical day subsequent 12 months, analysts and buyers are eager to see how Disney will maneuver by the uncertainty nonetheless poised by a worldwide pandemic.
Kareem Daniel, head of the corporate’s new media and leisure distribution group, stated that theatrical launch assist set up franchises. One thing Disney has executed nicely within the final decade with blockbusters from Marvel and Star Wars.
Daniel revealed that Disney+ will change into dwelling to 10 Marvel collection, 10 Star Wars collection, 15 Disney live-action, Disney Animation, and Pixar collection and 15 Disney dwell motion, Disney Animation, and Pixar movies.
Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau, the masterminds behind “The Mandalorian” are co-producing two further collection solely for Disney+ — “The Rangers of the New Republic” and “Ahsoka.”
As beforehand introduced, “Andor” is coming to Disney+ in 2022. The 12 episode present follows Okay-2SO and Cassian Andor from “Rogue One” and has been referred to as a spy thriller.
The Obi-Wan Kenobi present, helmed by Deborah Chow, is ready 10 years after the occasions of “Revenge of the Sith.” Kathleen Kennedy, the pinnacle of Lucasfilm, introduced Thursday that Hayden Christensen will reprise his function as Darth Vader alongside facet Ewan McGregor within the title function.
The Mandalorian and the Baby on Disney+’s “The Mandalorian.”
“Lando,” a collection following the smooth-talking Lando Calrissian, can even come to Disney+ within the coming years. There can even be a present referred to as “The Acolyte” which takes place through the closing days of the Excessive Republic. It has been dubbed a “mystery-thriller.”
Kennedy additionally confirmed footage from “Star Wars: The Unhealthy Batch,” a present that facilities round characters from a bunch of clone troopers often called Clone Drive 99, or the Unhealthy Batch, from the acclaimed “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” animated collection.
The Unhealthy Batch is a group of distinctive clones who’ve a genetic variation that units them other than the remainder of their clone brothers which might be a part of the Clone Military. They’re a formidable crew and a fan favourite squad within the collection.
“Star Wars: Visions” is collection of animated quick movies celebrates the galaxy by the lens of the world’s greatest Japanese anime creators, Kennedy stated.
Along with Taika Waititi, Kennedy introduced that Patty Jenkins can be coming into the director’s chair to helm a Star Wars movie due out Christmas 2023. The movie will likely be referred to as “Rogue Squadron.”
Outdoors of the Star Wars universe, Lucasfilm can also be making a collection based mostly on the Jim Henson movie “Willow” starring Warwick Davis.
Theatrically, Lucasfilm will carry the ultimate Indiana Jones movie to the large display screen in 2022. The movie is ready to be shot throughout spring 2021. Moreover, there will likely be an adaption of “Youngsters of the Blood and Bone” by Tomi Adeyemi.
The corporate can even launch the animated function “Raya and the Final Dragon” on premium video on-demand by Disney+ and in theaters on the similar time.
Disney+ is ready to deal with a variety of new authentic collection and movies based mostly on older Disney properties together with “The Mighty Geese” and “Turner and Hooch.”
Rebecca Campbell, Disney’s head of worldwide operations and direct-to-consumer, stated the launch in Latin America was a robust success for the corporate and Disney+ will launch in Japanese Europe, South Korea and Hong Kong in 2021.
In Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore could have Star built-in into the Disney+ app beginning Feb. 23, 2021. In Europe Disney is elevating the worth to eight.99 Euro and the native equal in different markets.
Disney+ can also be including an “opt-in to mature content material” function which is able to enable older audiences to register and watch titles like “Logan,” “Fashionable Household” and “Atlanta.”
The corporate introduced that it had struck a cope with Comcast to carry Disney+ and ESPN+ to the cable firm’s set high packing containers and platforms and attain greater than 20 million Comcast cable and web clients.
As of Dec. 2, the corporate stated it has 38.eight million Hulu subscribers and Hulu+ Reside TV has four million paying subscribers, the fifth largest pay TV supplier total. Lately, the corporate raised the platform’s worth to $65, up from $55.
The success of movies like “Palm Springs,” “Run” and “Unhealthy Hair,” Disney will use 20th Century Studios and Searchlight to create authentic films solely for Hulu.
The platform can even be host to a present referred to as “Solely Murders within the Constructing” starring Steve Martin, Martin Quick and Selena Gomez in addition to “The Dropout,” a present about Elizabeth Holmes starring Kate McKinnon.
There may be additionally a restricted collection referred to as “Dopesick” that includes Michael Keaton, Rosario Dawson and Peter Sarsgaard.
David E. Kelley, the author behind “Huge Little Lies” and “Ally McBeal” is heading up a present referred to as “9 Good Strangers” for Hulu that stars Nicole Kidman, Melissa McCarthy and Regina Corridor.
The streaming platform can even have new seasons of “Ramy,” “The Nice” and “The Handmaid’s Story.”
The Kardashian household, that are ending their present “Holding Up With the Kardashians” in 2021 after season 20, will likely be coming to the platform, the corporate stated.
Kris, Kim, Kourtney, Khloe, Kendall and Kylie will create world content material that may stream solely on Hulu within the U.S. This content material is predicted to debut in late 2021.
The FX channel, which has authentic content material on Hulu, has granted “It is All the time Sunny in Philadelphia” has one other 4 seasons and could have new reveals referred to as “The Previous Man,” starring Jeff Bridges and “Reservation Canine” from Taika Waititi.
FX will function an “Alien” collection based mostly on the world of the “Alien” film franchise. The platform can even have a present referred to as “Shogun” based mostly on the best-selling novel by James Clavell.
On Thursday, the corporate stated it had 11.5 million ESPN+ subscribers.
Disney has secured a cope with the SEC so as to add the Southeastern Convention to ESPN+ beginning with the 2024 season. ABC can even change into the house for Saturday afternoon video games in 2024.
The corporate can also be going to lean into sports activities betting in an effort to succeed in youthful audiences.
The platform has additionally given Steve A. Smith getting his personal ESPN+ present and is bringing again “Peyton’s Locations” for a second season.
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