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Posted Friday 5/11/18 at 1:50PM EDT
Jon Favreau reveals the live-action Star Wars timeline
The director told Nerdist the live-action series will be set seven years after Return of the Jedi.
Posted Friday 3/09/18 at 11:05PM EST
Jon Favreau is the creative equivalent of vanilla ice cream, which makes him perfect for the live-action Star Wars TV series
Favreau is the perfect choice because he has a history of making stylistic, broadly appealing hits. "Lucasfilm doesn’t want to take anything close to a risk with its first live-action TV series," says Miles Surrey. "This will be the preeminent product of Disney’s new streaming service, an incentive for people who might not want to fork over another monthly fee if they’re not getting any worthwhile content. Think of Favreau’s new series like the way Netflix approached House of Cards: The company got a famous, recognizable director (David Fincher) and two bankable movie stars (Robin Wright and a pre-scandal Kevin Spacey) for its first big stab at original programming. Now that five years have passed and Netflix has the budget to produce 700 pieces of original content in 2018 alone, the company can afford to get a little strange through sheer volume. Dark never could have been one of Netflix’s first shows, but now, why not?"
Posted Thursday 3/08/18 at 12:17PM EST
Jon Favreau to write and produce the live-action Star Wars TV series
Favreau has been tapped to helm the live-action Star Wars TV series for Disney's upcoming streaming service. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy made the announcement this morning, saying the Iron Man and Elf director "brings the perfect mix of producing and writing talent, combined with a fluency in the Star Wars universe. This series will allow Jon the chance to work with a diverse group of writers and directors and give Lucasfilm the opportunity to build a robust talent base.” For his part, Favreau said: "If you told me at 11 years old that I would be getting to tell stories in the Star Wars universe, I wouldn’t have believed you. I can’t wait to embark upon this exciting adventure.”
- Some fans are unhappy that "another straight white dude" was hired for Star Wars, especially on International Women's Day
- "Bad PR timing," tweeted IndieWire editor Ann Thompson. "But women have a tough time getting the experience they need to compete for plum jobs like this."
- Even movie theater chain Alamo Drafthouse criticized the decision not to pick a woman
Posted Thursday 2/08/18 at 6:30PM EST
Ex-Obama staffers’ are bringing their Pod Save America podcast to HBO
Former Obama administration officials Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett and Tommy Vietor will adapt their popular left-leaning podcast into a series of hour-long specials focused on the midterm elections this fall. The news follows this week's premiere of another HBO project based on a podcast, 2 Dope Queens.
Posted Thursday 1/11/18 at 2:57PM EST
Stephen Colbert’s Late Show will air live after President Trump’s State of the Union Address
This will be Colbert’s first live show since Trump last addressed a joint session of Congress last February. Colbert’s guests that night will include two sets of podcast hosts — Tommy Vietor, Jon Favreau and Jon Lovett of Pod Save America and Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson from 2 Dope Queens.
# TOPICS: CBS, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Jessica Williams, Jon Favreau (actor/director), Jon Lovett, Phoebe Robinson, Stephen Colbert, Tommy Vietor, Late Night, State of the Union Address, Trump Presidency