Daily Debrief: Disney expands ‘Star Wars’; ‘The Witcher’ comes to life; ‘Jessica Jones’ returns
There’s tons upon tons of stuff gettin’ revved up and ready to roll out across film and TV. Disney, not happy with owning the box office, is preparing to expand the indomitable Star Wars saga with another spin-off adventure, in similar vein to that of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Ron Howard’s upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story.
The company, headed by everyone’s favorite corporate mouse, is planning to develop an anthology series following the legendary Obi-Wan Kenobi. Remember him? He’s the Jedi Master who trained the young Anakin Skywalker, before he grew up to do all kinds of bad stuff, of course. The flick is expected to enter production come January 2019, with filming set to take place at Pinewood Studios in the UK. Though, there’s no word on whether Ewan McGregor, who last played the role in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, will take up the lightsaber again.
Elsewhere, Netflix’s adaptation of The Witcher, a Polish fantasy saga that has become a dynamite video game franchise, is moving forward at full speed. Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, exec producer on Daredevil and The Defenders, has been enlisted to serve as showrunner.
The streaming platform has also revealed that Marvel’s Jessica Jones is coming back for a second helping, set to debut on March 8, 2018. The return of the award-winning series, arguably the best Netflix Original set within the Marvel universe, was confirmed via a short teaser featuring the wisecracking on-and-off-again alcoholic Jessica Jones, played by Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad), as she prepares to enter back into a world removed of her greatest adversary.
Not exciting enough for you? Hold tight, as Donald Glover’s Atlanta is also due to return, with the second season expected to begin airing on FX in February 2018. Glover won the Golden Globe for Best Actor, with the show itself having won Best TV Series – Musical or Comedy, for its first season which premiered back in October 2015. We’re more than excited to see it come back to the small screen.