6:15am PT by Lesley Goldberg, Aaron Couch
Disney+: A Comprehensive Guide to All Its Programming (So Far)
Disney will officially enter the streaming wars in the fall when it launches its direct-to-consumer platform, Disney+, in November.
The platform, in the works since August 2017 when it was announced during an earnings call by Disney CEO Bob Iger, saw the media behemoth begin to pull its films from Netflix in a bid to use fare like Marvel features to incentivize potential subscribers to the service.
Make no mistake, Disney+ is the company's biggest bet yet. The service — designed as a competitor to Netflix — will be a home to Disney's massive animated feature library as well as assets from Lucasfilm (Star Wars), Pixar and Marvel, including new scripted offerings from the latter two companies.
Disney+ will be a separate service from its majority stake in Hulu and sports-themed ESPN+. While viewers will have to pay for each of the three services, they will all exist on the same platform — meaning subscribers can use the same password and credit card for each and all.
As Disney continues to reveal plans for the streaming service, here's a guide to keep track of who's running the show and all of the original series earmarked for Disney+.
THE TOP DECISION MAKERS
Kevin Mayer serves as chairman of the Disney direct-to-consumer and international. He was given oversight of the platform in March 2018 after serving as Disney's chief strategy officer. He reports to Iger.
Ricky Strauss serves as president of content and marketing at Disney+. He is charged with developing the platform's strategic content vision and has greenlight power for TV and movies. Strauss previously served as president of film marketing for Disney. He reports to Mayer.
Joe Earley is executive vp marketing and operations. The former Fox TV Group chief operating officer will lead content and brand marketing for Disney+. He will also working with its customer acquisition marketing group and oversee operations related to programming from Disney content groups including Walt Disney Studios, Disney-ABC TV Group and Pixar Animation, Marvel and Lucasfilm as well as third-party entities. Earley reports to Strauss.
Agnes Chu is senior vp content. She oversees programming for the streaming service and previously worked in story and franchise development at Walt Disney Imagineering and as a vp in the office of CEO Iger. Chu reports to Strauss.
Michael Paull is president of Disney Streaming Services and oversees design, development and operation of Disney's DVOD business, including Disney+. He reports to Mayer.
The larger plan is to include content from Disney assets like Marvel and Lucasfilm — and newly acquired Fox asset National Geographic — on the Disney+ platform. Those will join a rapidly growing roster of scripted originals, below.
Star Wars: The Mandalorian | Expected to premiere in 2019, the drama takes place after the events of Return of the Jedi and before the villainous First Order rose to replace the Empire. Jon Favreau has described it as following "the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic." The series has booked a number of high-profile directors, including Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, Deborah Chow and Star Wars: The Clone Saga's Dave Filoni. Favreau executive produces with Kathleen Kennedy, Colin Wilson and Filoni. Pedro Pascal leads a cast that includes Gina Carano, Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito and Werner Herzog, among others. The series, consisting of eight episodes, has completed production and will be available at launch.
Star Wars: Rogue One prequel | Diego Luna will reprise his role as rebel spy Cassian Andor and Alan Tudyk will again voice K-2S0 for the live-action series, which is set during the early days of the Rebellion and ahead of the events of Rogue One. It will debut in the second year of the service.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars | The animated series has been revived on Disney+ with a 12-episode order. Clone Wars — set between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith in the Star Wars timeline — ran for five seasons on Cartoon Network. It featured characters from the movie franchise, including Obi-Wan Kenobi, Padme Amidala and Anakin Skywalker, and introduced new ones to the canon, including clone trooper Captain Rex and Ahsoka Tano, a Jedi padawan. A few episodes for a potential sixth season were already in the works and completed and released as a special "Lost Missions." Available in year one.
Untitled Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi series | Ewan McGregor, who played the Jedi master in the Episodes I-III, is in talks to play Obi-Wan again in a third live-action show set in the Star Wars universe for the platform. There's no timeline for the potential show or a creative team attached yet.
High School Musical: The Musical | The 10-episode foray, available at launch, is based on the Emmy-winning franchise and will be shot as a docu-style series and follow a group of students at East High who stage a performance of High School Musical for their winter theater production, only to realize that as much drama happens offstage as onstage. Every episode will feature a new rendition of a song from High School Musical as well as an original song. The series will be executive produced by Tim Federle (Ferdinand) and Oliver Goldstick (Pretty Little Liars), with the latter on board as showrunner. HSM executive producers Bill Borden and Barry Rosenbush also exec produce the series. Relative newcomer Joshua Bassett stars.
Monsters at Work | An animated series based on the Monsters, Inc. Pixar franchise will also be among the Disney+ offerings. Expected to debut in 2020, the series picks up six months after the original movie with the power plant at its center now harvesting the laughter of children to fuel the city of Monstropolis. The series follows Tylor Tuskmon (Ben Feldman), an eager and talented mechanic on the Monsters, Inc. Facilities Team who dreams of working on the Laugh Floor alongside Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman). Other original voice stars John Ratzenberger, Jennifer Tilly and Bob Peterson are set to return and will be joined by franchise newcomers Ben Feldman (Superstore), Kelly Marie Tran (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Henry Winkler (Barry), Lucas Neff (Raising Hope), Alanna Ubach (Coco), Stephen Stanton (Star Wars Resistance) and Aisha Tyler (Archer).
Marvel's Loki | Tom Hiddleston is expected to reprise his role as fan-favorite MCU character Loki in the live-action series that will follow the trickster and shape-shifter as he pops up throughout human history as an unlikely influencer on historical events. Michael Waldron will write the pilot, serve as series creator and exec produce. It will premiere in year two of the service.
Marvel's WandaVision | Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen are expected to reprise their big-screen characters as Vision and Scarlet Witch in the series. Jac Schaeffer, one of the writers behind Captain Marvel, will run point on the series that will focus on the two integral members of the Avengers. She will pen the pilot and exec produce the series. Available in the second year of Disney+.
Marvel's The Falcon and the Winter Soldier | Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan reprise their roles as Falcon and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier in the miniseries, which has Malcolm Spellman (Empire) set to pen the script. It will be available in year one.
Marvel's What If …? | An animated series, based on the Marvel Comics title. Each episode will explore a pivotal moment in the MCU and "turn it on its head." Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige said the first episode will re-examine the Captain America origin story, only with Peggy Carter receiving the super-soldier serum instead of Steve Rogers. Premiering in year one.
Diary of a Female President | The live-action comedy is the first Disney+ series to hail from an outside studio (CBS TV Studios). Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez will exec produce the 10-episode series that is told from the narration of her diary and follows a Cuban-American 12-year-old girl (played by Tess Romero of Blindspot) as she navigates the ups and downs of middle school and her journey to becoming the future President of the United States. Rodriguez will have a recurring role as the adult version of the future president. Charlie Bushnell, Selenis Leyva and Michael Weaver co-star. Ilana Pea (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) created the original concept and will serve as writer and executive producer. Robin Shorr (The Carmichael Show) will serve as showrunner and exec produce alongside Rodriguez and her CBS TV Studios-based I Can and I Will banner topper Emily Gipson. Rodriguez will also direct the pilot.
Book of Enchantment | Adapted from author Serena Valentino's book series, the drama will spotlight Disney villains like the Beast, Ursula and the witch from Snow White. Michael Seitzman (Quantico) will pen the script and exec produce the ABC Signature Studios entry that marks a flip of the script of ABC's beloved fairy tale drama Once Upon a Time.
Love, Simon | A series sequel to the beloved 2018 feature, set in the same world but featuring new characters. The pic's director, Greg Berlanti, is not involved with the 20th TV-produced project owing to his commitments to Warner Bros., but screenwriters Elizabeth Berger and Isaac Aptaker (This Is Us) are and will serve as showrunners. Up-and-coming actor Michael Cimino and Ana Ortiz head the cast.
The Sandlot | A sequel to the 1993 movie which will focus on the children of the original's now-grown characters. The movie's screenwriter, David Mickey Evans, is behind the reboot, and sources tell THR that the original cast is all set to reprise their roles.
Other scripted series, including a Hawkeye miniseries starring Jeremy Renner, a take on Escape to Witch Mountain and a possible Muppets project have also been rumored.
Ink & Paint | The eight-episode docuseries will be based on Mindy Johnson's book Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney's Animation. Premieres in year two.
Marvel's 616 (working title) is an anthological documentary series exploring the intersection between Marvel's rich legacy of stories, characters and creators and the world outside your window. Told through the lens of a diverse group of filmmakers, each documentary will dive into the rich historical, cultural and societal context that has become inseparable from stories of the Marvel Universe. The series is produced by Marvel New Media in partnership with Supper Club. Executive produced by Joe Quesada, Stephen Wacker, Shane Rahmani, John Cerilli, Harry Go and Sarah Amos for Marvel and David Gelb, Brian McGinn and Jason Sterman for Supper Club. Premiering in the first year.
Earthkeepers (working title) is from the award-winning creators of Chef's Table and the producers of One Lucky Elephant. It is a cinematic documentary series that centers on the adventurous lives of the people changing the way we see the animal kingdom. The episodes focus on conservationists and the animals they've devoted their career to studying, diving deep into the personal trials and professional breakthroughs of protecting the planet's most endangered species. The series is executive produced by Brian McGinn, Jason Sterman and David Gelb for Supper Club and Cristina Colissimo and Jordana Glick-Franzheim for Wellworth Pictures. Premieres in year two.
Be Our Chef asks the question: What if your family had the chance to create the next great Disney Parks dish? Hosted by Angela Kinsey (The Office), Be Our Chef invites families from diverse backgrounds to join a positive and playful Disney-inspired cooking competition at Walt Disney World. In each episode, two families will participate in a themed challenge based on their family traditions and the magic of Disney. The finalists will apply what they have learned to create a dish that represents their family through a Disney lens. The winner's magical food creation will become a signature dish or treat served at Walt Disney World. Be Our Chef is produced by INE Entertainment with Eric Day and Mark Koops serving as producers. Coming in year one.
Cinema Relics: Iconic Art of the Movies (working title) is an anthology series that takes a unique look at beloved films through the props and costumes (now modern "artifacts") that made them unique — from the craftspeople who created them, the actors who interacted with them and the collectors/archives who own and cherish them. The show will be hosted by film historian/collector Dan Lanigan. Among the films featured in the first eight episodes are Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Mary Poppins, The Muppet Movie, Tron and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Produced by ABC Studios and executive produced by Jason Henry and Dan Lanigan. Available in year one.
Encore! is from executive producer Kristen Bell (The Good Place), who brings together former castmates of a high school musical, tasking them with re-creating their original performance in a high school reunion like no other. Emotions run high as the former students face faded friendships, former flames, self-doubt and killer choreography. Through it all, these unlikely groups of friends — with the help of Broadway's best — just might pull off a standing-ovation-worthy performance of beloved musicals like The Sound of Music, Beauty and the Beast, Annie and more. Created by Jason Cohen and executive produced by Cohen, Bell, Alycia Rossiter, Will Gluck, Richard Schwartz, Jim Roush and Chris Wagner. Available at launch.
Marvel's Hero Project reveals the remarkable, positive change several young heroes are making in their own communities. These inspiring kids have dedicated their lives to selfless acts of bravery and kindness, and now, Marvel celebrates them as the true super heroes they are. Produced by Marvel New Media in partnership with Maggievision Productions. Executive produced by Joe Quesada, Stephen Wacker, Shane Rahmani, Liza Wyles and Sarah Amos for Marvel and Maura Mandt and John Hirsch for MaggieVision Productions. Available on day one.
(Re)Connect features, in each episode, one family with a modern day, relatable issue that's driving a wedge between them. Issues range from workaholic parents, overly competitive siblings, technology addiction or a family secret that has recently been revealed. All of these families have reached a breaking point, and it's time for them to disconnect from their busy lives, devices and outside influences in order to address their issues head-on. With the help of a specialized expert, each family will go on a unique journey that organically ties to the issues they are facing in order to confront the family's dilemma head-on. Can they finally come together as a family to overcome their obstacles … and reconnect? Produced by Milojo Productions and Talos Films. Mark Consuelos, Kelly Ripa and Albert Bianchini of Milojo Productions, and Julian P. Hobbs and Elli Hakami of Talos Films serve as executive producers. Premiering in year one.
Rogue Trip is a travel guide to all the places the average tourist is least likely to venture — the roguish, often misunderstood and frequently overlooked corners of the world whose hidden corners surprise, amaze and inspire. This is the family vacation most of us are unlikely to take — but we do so vicariously with the intrepid Bob Woodruff and his 27-year-old doppelgänger son, Mack. Executive produced by Jeanmarie Condon and Mack and Bob Woodruff for Lincoln Square Productions. Available in year one.
Shop Class (working title) is a competition series that features teams of inventive students who are tasked with designing, building and testing new contraptions. In each episode, a panel of experts will rate their work based on engineering, design and the final test of the build. In the last episode, one team will be named Shop Class Champs. John Stevens and Spike Feresten of Hangar 56 Media and Richard Rawlings of Production Monkey are producing. Premiering in the first year.
Untitled Walt Disney Imagineering documentary series chronicles the 65-year-plus history of Walt Disney Imagineering with parallel storylines of the people, the craft and the business. Created by Academy Award- and Emmy-nominated director and producer Leslie Iwerks, the series includes exclusive interviews and never-before-seen footage from Disney's parks around the world. Produced by Iwerks & Co. and directed by Leslie Iwerks. Available at launch.
Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2 is a docuseries that offers a high-access, "raw" look at the making of Frozen 2, the sequel to the 2013 smash, as Disney Animation chief creative officer Jennifer Lee put it. The series will offer a look at how artists, animators and the cast bring the sequel to life. Available in year one.
An untitled Pixar series will go behind the scenes at the animation studio's headquarters in Emeryville, California.
The World According to Jeff Goldblum | The National Geographic series, originally developed for its linear channel, will find the Jurassic Park and Thor: Ragnarok star taking a seemingly everyday object and revealing the "astonishing connections, fascinating science and big ideas" behind it. Premiering on day one.
Magic of the Animal Kingdom | A docuseries (and piece of Disney corporate synergy) that takes viewers behind the scenes with the animal-care experts, veterinarians and biologists at Disney's Animal Kingdom park and the SeaBase aquarium at Epcot. Premiering in year one.
Lady & the Tramp I Disney has had major successes with live-action remakes of animated classics such as The Jungle Book and Beautify and the Beast, and will be moving that formula to streaming with its adaptation of the 1955 love story about two dogs from different sides of the tracks. Tessa Thompson voice stars Lady and Justin Theroux is voicing the Tramp. Kiersey Clemons, Thomas Mann and Janelle Monae also star in the film from The Lego Ninjago Movie co-director Charlie Bean. Lady and the Tramp will be available on the streaming service at the time of its launch.
Noelle I Anna Kendrick stars as Santa Claus' daughter Noelle in the Christmas story with a female-centric twist. Bill Hader also stars, in the film. Did You Hear About the Morgans? filmmaker Marc Lawrence wrote the script and is directing. Noelle will premiere in the service's first year; it was originally going to be released theatrically on Nov. 1 before being earmarked for Disney+.
Timmy Failure I The adaptation of the children's book series by Stephan Pastis centers on the 11-year-old boy who believes he is the best detective in town. He runs the detective agency, Total Failure Inc. with his partner, a 1,200-pound (and imaginary) polar bear. Spotlight filmmaker Tom McCarthy is directing the project, with Jim Whitaker producing. Ophelia Lovibond, Chloe Coleman and Craig Robinson star. Timmy Failure will be released in the first year of Disney+.
Stargirl I The film, which will hit the streamer sometime in its first year, is based on the 2000 YA book from Jerry Spinelli and centers on a homeschooled teenage girl who enrolls in an Arizona high school. Her non-conformity alters the ecosystem of the student body and captures the heart of a star-struck boy. After the student body turns on the girl, the boy tells her to go against her nature and try to fit in. Julia Hart directs from a script by Kristin Hahn. Grace VanderWaal, Graham Verchere, Maximiliano Hernandez and Giancarlo Esposito star.
Togo I The action-adventure film stars Willem Dafoe and centers on a famous and dangerous sled-dog relay. Invincible director Ericson Core is at the helm of the project. Tom Flynn wrote the script for Togo, which will hit streaming service sometime in its first year, is being produced by Kim Zubick.
Phineas & Ferb: Candace Against the Universe | Originally developed as a theatrical feature, the movie will follow the two title characters as they hatch a plan to save their sister after she's abducted by aliens — even if she's enjoying the time away from her pesky little brothers. Premieres in the first year.
The Simpsons | The longest-running primetime scripted series in TV history will make its exclusive SVOD home on Disney+. All 30 prior seasons will be available on day one, representing almost 10 percent of the 7,500 TV episodes the service plans to have available when it debuts. New episodes will continue to air on the Fox broadcast network.
Feature films available at launch include Star Wars episodes I-VII and Rogue One, Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Finding Dory, The Incredibles, Cars, Wall-E, Up, Inside Out, Ratatouille, Sleeping Beauty, Bambi, Big Hero 6, Frozen, Moana, Mary Poppins, The Princess Diaries, The Rocketeer, Iron Man, Free Solo and Steamboat Willie, among others. Disney plans to have all Pixar and MCU films on the service within the first year.
TV series at launch, in addition to The Simpsons, will include Andi Mack, Boy Meets World, Raven's Home, DuckTales (1987 and 2016 versions), Kim Possible, Marvel's animated Guardians of the Galaxy and Ulitmate Spider-Man, Amazing Planet, Dr. K's Exotic Animals, Brain Games, One Strange Rock and Wicked Tuna. Malcolm in the Middle (produced by the now Disney-owned 20th TV) will debut during year one.