With Disney+ set to debut this year, how much should Mickey Mouse and company rely on it for Star Wars content?
Disney+, the streaming service that has been hyped and teased for months now, is on its way. All of the Disney content on Netflix right now will eventually shift over, if it hasn’t already.
I think Netflix is about to get a run for its money. Literally.
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Disney already has my money. Marvel and Star Wars are guaranteed to get $20 from my wallet with every movie they release. Now, they’re about to get more of it, which might not be a bad thing for us consumers. According to Bob Iger himself, the price of Disney+ will be “substantially” lower than Netflix’s.
But what do we care about? That’s right, the galaxy far, far away. How much content is going to be featured on Disney+? We already know about some of the shows that’ll be included, and the saga films will surely be spotlighted as well.
Look, Disney is going to push Star Wars hard. Why wouldn’t they? It’s one of the two most bankable franchises in Hollywood right now–they’d be foolish not to. Whether us fans like the product they give us is another story.
If there’s one thing that I’ve noticed with streaming services, it’s that TV shows work much better than movies do. Safe to say Netflix’s original shows are better than its original movies? I think so. Evidently, Iger has seen that trend as well, saying that big budget films won’t be released exclusively on Disney+.
"“Almost every movie the studio makes is a $100 million-plus movie, and we’re not looking to make movies at that level for the service,” Iger continued. “We’re looking to invest significantly in television series on a per-episode business, and we’re looking to make movies that are higher budget, but nothing like that. We wouldn’t make a ‘Star Wars’ movie for this platform. When everybody goes out on the weekend and you have a movie that opens up to $200 million, there’s a buzz that creates that enhances value. We like that. And eventually the movies we’re making are going to [end up on] the service.”"
This makes total sense. Why would you release a Star Wars movie on a streaming service? If it’s an episodic movie, or even a good spin-off like Rogue One, that’s almost a surefire $1 billion left on the table. Not a good business model.
For fans, it’s different. We enjoy going to the theater to see a Star Wars flick–it’s one of the things that gives us joy from it. Even if it’s The Last Jedi. I didn’t like it, but I still had that hyped-up feeling before I went to see it for the first time. There’s no way I would’ve wanted to see that thing on my little Sanyo TV–I’d rather drink blue milk.
Disney+ should be counted on for the Star Wars shows more than the movies, and it’s really not even a debate worth having. The Mandalorian will be a hit, the Cassian Andor series could surprise, and The Clone Wars revival–well, I mean, it’s The Clone Wars.
Get ready to hit that subscribe button real soon, even if it’s just for the Force.