Walt Disney Studios’ upcoming streaming service is coming into focus as the initial slate original productions seems to be set following meetings the studio has been conducting with members of the creative community reports Deadline.
The service will start in Fall 2019 with a domestic focus only, expanding overseas at a later date. There will be no R-rated films or series, and the programming will be consistent with the Disney brand. All R-rated films and shows will go to Hulu, bar the various already created Marvel series which the current plan is to leave with Netflix.
The goal in the first year is to generate four to five original movies, and five TV series for the streaming service. Each series will cost between $25 million-$35 million for ten episodes, but an exceptionally ambitious series could go up to $100 million.
The inaugural slate includes series based on “High School Musical” and “Monsters Inc.” along with a Marvel live-action title, and a “Star Wars”-branded title. Priority films include a remake of “3 Men and a Baby” and live-action adaptations of animated classics “The Sword and the Stone” and “Lady and the Tramp”.
Also in the early movie line-up are “Noelle” with Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader, the Mark Waters-directed “Magic Camp,” the Ericson Core-directed “Togo,” the Julia Hart-directed “Star Girl,” the Billy Ray-scripted “Don Quixote,” the Tom McCarthy-directed “Timmy Failure” and “The Paper Magician”.
No details have been given of how the assets of 21st Century Fox will fit into the new service. On that front, CEO Bob Iger has confirmed the “regulatory process has begun in numerous jurisdictions across the world” he tells NBC.