Disney plans new ‘Star Wars,’ Marvel TV series via new streaming service

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A live-action Star Wars TV series is among the projects in the works for Walt Disney’s direct-to-consumer subscription streaming video service, set to launch in late 2019, according to company CEO Robert Iger.

Also planned: new Marvel, Pixar Monster and High School Musical series, he said.

The news helped Walt Disney shares reverse a slide in extended trading Thursday.

In addition to offering the newest Disney Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars feature films after they play in theaters, the service will also have four or five exclusive feature films each year, Iger said.

Describing the as-yet-unnamed service, Iger compared it to Disney’s theme parks.

“When you go in then you see Marvel and Star Wars and Pixar, for instance. So it’s a collection — it will be a collection of just those brands,” he said Thursday on a conference call with investment analysts.

In August, Iger announced the 2019 Disney streaming service and that its new ESPN-branded service would arrive in early…

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