Bob Chapek, CEO of the Walt Disney Company 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 impressive Disney+ bulletins, with over 50 films and exhibits linked to franchises like Star Wars, FX and National Geographic.
The firm’s newly minted technique, which focuses closely on its year-old streaming service Disney+, is all about “quality not volume,” Disney’s chairman and former CEO Bob Iger mentioned. Iger, who left the helm of the corporate 9 months in the past to deal with content material, mentioned “quality holds value.”
During the investor day presentation, Disney supplied perception and updates about its trio of streaming providers in addition to its plan for theatrical releases.
On Disney+ followers celebrated on social media following the announcement that the platform would have a new sequence starring fan favourite Ahsoka Tano. The character first confirmed up within the animated “Clone Wars” sequence and has since made an look on the hit present “The Mandalorian.”
Disney+ may even have new exhibits primarily based on “Willow,” “The Mighty Ducks” and “Percy Jackson.”
Disney additionally introduced that it’ll launch a new Star Wars film in 2023 known as “Rogue Squadron.” The movie can be helmed by Patty Jenkins. The firm has a quantity of movies slated for theaters within the coming years, showcasing its continued dedication to film theaters.
Here’s a breakdown of Disney’s upcoming content material:
The firm introduced Thursday that Disney+ now has 86.8 million subscribers throughout its annual investor day. That’s up from the 73 million that the corporate reported on the finish of its fiscal fourth quarter.
Kareem Daniel, head of the corporate’s new media and leisure distribution group, revealed that Disney+ will turn into residence to 10 Marvel sequence, 10 Star Wars sequence, 15 Disney live-action, Disney Animation, and Pixar sequence and 15 Disney reside motion, Disney Animation, and Pixar movies.
Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau, the masterminds behind “The Mandalorian” are co-producing two further sequence completely 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 Ok-2SO and Cassian Andor from “Rogue One” and has been known 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 aspect Ewan McGregor within the title function.
The Mandalorian and the Child on Disney+’s “The Mandalorian.”
“Lando,” a sequence following the smooth-talking Lando Calrissian, may even come to Disney+ within the coming years. There may even be a present known as “The Acolyte” which takes place in the course of the last days of the High Republic. It has been dubbed a “mystery-thriller.”
Kennedy additionally confirmed footage from “Star Wars: The Bad Batch,” a present that facilities round characters from a group of clone troopers often called Clone Force 99, or the Bad Batch, from the acclaimed “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” animated sequence.
The Bad Batch is a assortment of distinctive clones who’ve a genetic variation that units them other than the remaining of their clone brothers which might be half of the Clone Army. They are a formidable crew and a fan favourite squad within the sequence.
“Star Wars: Visions” is sequence of animated quick movies celebrates the galaxy via the lens of the world’s greatest Japanese anime creators, Kennedy mentioned.
Outside of the Star Wars universe, Lucasfilm can be creating a sequence primarily based on the Jim Henson movie “Willow” starring Warwick Davis.
The firm may even launch the animated characteristic “Raya and the Last Dragon” on premium video on-demand via Disney+ and in theaters on the similar time.
Disney+ is ready to accommodate a quantity of new unique sequence and movies primarily based on older Disney properties together with “The Mighty Ducks” and “Turner and Hooch.”
Live-action variations of “Pinocchio” and “Peter Pan and Wendy” will come completely to the streaming service. “Disenchanted,” a sequel to the hit movie “Enchanted,” may even stream completely on Disney+ with Amy Adams returning as Giselle.
Rebecca Campbell, Disney’s head of worldwide operations and direct-to-consumer, mentioned the launch in Latin America was a robust success for the corporate and Disney+ will launch in Eastern Europe, South Korea and Hong Kong in 2021.
In Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore may have Star built-in into the Disney+ app beginning Feb. 23, 2021. In Europe Disney is elevating the value to eight.99 Euro and the native equal in different markets.
Disney+ can be including an “opt-in to mature content” characteristic which is able to enable older audiences to sign up and watch titles like “Logan,” “Modern Family” and “Atlanta.”
The firm introduced that it had struck a take care of Comcast to convey Disney+ and ESPN+ to the cable firm’s set prime bins and platforms and attain greater than 20 million Comcast cable and web clients.
On the heels of rival Warner Bros. saying that it’ll launch 17 movies on HBO Max and in theaters on the identical day subsequent yr, analysts and traders are eager to see how Disney will maneuver via the uncertainty nonetheless poised by a international pandemic.
Daniel mentioned that theatrical launch assist set up franchises, one thing Disney has accomplished properly within the final decade with blockbusters from Marvel and Star Wars.
Theatrically, Lucasfilm will convey the ultimate Indiana Jones movie to the large display screen in 2022. The movie is ready to be shot throughout spring 2021. As properly as filming an adaption of “Children of the Blood and Bone” by Tomi Adeyemi.
Kennedy introduced that Patty Jenkins could be coming into the director’s chair to helm a Star Wars movie due out Christmas 2023. The movie can be known as “Rogue Squadron.”
“Jungle Cruise,” which was postponed from 2020 will arrive in theaters in July 2021. It stars Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson and relies on the Disney theme park journey of the identical title.
As of Dec. 2, the corporate mentioned it has 38.8 million Hulu subscribers and Hulu+ Live TV has 4 million paying subscribers, the fifth largest pay TV supplier total. Recently, the corporate raised the platform’s worth to $65, up from $55.
After success of movies like “Palm Springs,” “Run” and “Bad Hair,” Disney will use 20th Century Studios and Searchlight to create unique films completely for Hulu.
The platform may even be host to a present known as “Only Murders in the Building” starring Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez in addition to “The Dropout,” a present about Elizabeth Holmes starring Kate McKinnon.
There can be a restricted sequence known as “Dopesick” that includes Michael Keaton, Rosario Dawson and Peter Sarsgaard.
David E. Kelley, the author behind “Big Little Lies” and “Ally McBeal” is heading up a present known as “Nine Perfect Strangers” for Hulu that stars Nicole Kidman, Melissa McCarthy and Regina Hall.
The streaming platform may even have new seasons of “Ramy,” “The Great” and “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
The Kardashian household, that are ending their present “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” in 2021 after season 20, can be coming to the platform, the corporate mentioned.
Kris, Kim, Kourtney, Khloe, Kendall and Kylie will create international content material that can stream completely on Hulu within the U.S. This content material is anticipated to debut in late 2021.
The FX channel, which has unique content material on Hulu, has granted “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” has one other 4 seasons and may have new exhibits known as “The Old Man,” starring Jeff Bridges and “Reservation Dogs” from Taika Waititi.
FX will characteristic an “Alien” sequence primarily based on the world of the “Alien” film franchise. The platform may even have a present known as “Shogun” primarily based on the best-selling novel by James Clavell.
On Thursday, the corporate mentioned it had 11.5 million ESPN+ subscribers.
Disney has secured a take care of the SEC so as to add the Southeastern Conference to ESPN+ beginning with the 2024 season. ABC may even turn into the house for Saturday afternoon video games in 2024.
The firm can be going to lean into sports activities betting in an effort to achieve youthful audiences.
The platform has additionally given Steve A. Smith getting his personal ESPN+ present and is bringing again “Peyton’s Places” for a second season.
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