Last August it was announced that Disney will soon be launching its own dedicated streaming service, which will become the exclusive home for Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm feature film content, as well as its program library from The Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD.
As noted in the initial announcement, it will also feature original content in the form of movies and TV shows, with a later press release confirming that this will include Marvel and Star Wars live-action shows, a High School Musical series and an animated Monsters, Inc. spinoff.
Well, Deadline now has some more details on the service, reporting that it is set to launch in the fall of 2019 – presumably once Disney’s current distribution deal with Netflix ends. It will begin as a U.S. only service before gradually expanding overseas and will not include any R-rated content, which will instead be placed on Hulu.
It has also been confirmed that Disney has decided to leave its various Marvel TV projects where they currently are, meaning that Netflix will retain The Defenders and its various solo shows.
In terms of original content, Deadline is reporting that the first year goal is to produce five original movies and five TV series. On the feature film front, potential projects include Don Quixote, Lady and the Tramp, The Paper Magician, Stargirl, Togo, 3 Men and a Baby, The Sword in the Stone and Timmy Failure, while both Mark Waters’ Magic Camp and the Anna Kendrick-headlined Noelle are confirmed as being part of the service’s slate.
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