Disney simply wrapped up the primary section of an investor day during which it laid out its plans for its direct-to-consumer streaming enterprise, together with Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+ and Hotstar/Star.
The firm kicked off the presentation with some new subscriber numbers — 86.eight million for Disney+ (roughly 30% of these are subscribers to Disney+ Hotstar, which leveraged an present streaming service in India), 38.eight million for Hulu and 11.5 million for ESPN+, including as much as greater than 137 million subscribers throughout the corporate’s streaming enterprise.
The remainder of the occasion is anticipated to give attention to content material bulletins and previews, however Chairman of Media and Entertainment Distribution Kareem Daniel has already hinted at huge plans for the subsequent “few years.”
While high-profile Disney+’s originals have largely been restricted to “The Mandalorian” and “Hamilton” in yr one, Daniels stated the corporate has plans to launch 10 Marvel sequence, 10 Star Wars sequence, 15 Disney Animation/Disney reside motion/Pixar sequence and 15 Disney Animation/Disney reside motion/Pixar function movies completely on Disney+.
At the identical time, Daniel stated that Disney stays dedicated to a wide range of distribution methods, notably “theatrical exhibition’s capacity to determine main franchises.”
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He additionally introduced that the Disney Animation movie “Raya and the Dragon” will comply with the identical distribution technique as “Mulan” this fall, with the movie launching concurrently in theaters and on Disney+ as a Premier Access launch that subscribers might want to pay additional to see.
The presentation additionally made it clear that the Hotstar/Star model might be key to Disney’s worldwide progress plans. In Latin America, the corporate plans to launch a standalone Star+ service, whereas a brand new Star part within the Disney+ app will grow to be the house to “basic leisure” content material (mainly, the sorts of content material that U.S. viewers will discover on Hulu) in different markets like Europe.
Adding a Star part will imply introducing mature content material to Disney+, which was beforehand restricted to family-friendly content material. So Disney additionally provided a fast demonstration of latest parental controls that may enable subscribers to show entry to extra mature content material on and off — that must also introduce new content material to different elements of Disney+, for instance bringing the R-rated movie “Logan” to the Marvel part.
You may also anticipate to see extra integrations between completely different Disney streaming companies. For instance, Star+ will embody content material from ESPN, whereas Hulu will introduce the power to subscribe and watch ESPN+ content material immediately within the app.
And in the event you’re a subscriber to the Disney bundle, which mixes Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+ for $12.99 monthly, the corporate plans so as to add a brand new tier in January that gives ad-free Hulu for an additional $6 monthly.
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Update: And now now we have some particulars on these exhibits. On the Star Wars aspect, they embody two sequence developed by “Mandalorian” government producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni — “Rangers of the New Republic” and a derivative targeted on Ahsoka Tano, the beloved “Clone Wars” character who just lately made the leap to reside motion on “The Mandalorian.” Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy stated the three exhibits will come collectively in a “climactic storytelling occasion.”
There will even be beforehand introduced exhibits targeted on “Rogue One” character Cassian Andor and Obi-Wan Kenobi — the latter will see the return not simply of Ewan McGregor, but additionally Hayden Christiansen, who performed Anakin Skywalker within the prequel trilogy. Plus, a Lando Calrissian sequence is within the works, in addition to “The Acolyte,” a sequence from “Russian Doll” author Leslye Headland.
Kennedy additionally introduced that the subsequent theatrically launched Star Wars movie might be a Rogue Squadron film directed by “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins, due for launch on Christmas 2023.
Beyond Star Wars, Lucasfilm can also be growing a “Willow” sequence with Jon M. Chu, plus an adaptation of Tomi Adeyemi’s “Childen of Blood and Bone.” And it plans to begin manufacturing on the much-delayed fifth Indiana Jones movie subsequent spring, with James Mangold directing and Harrison Ford returning, due for launch in July 2022.
Non-Marvel, non-Star Wars Disney+ reside motion exhibits in growth embody a “Mighty Ducks” sequel with Emilio Estevez and Lauren Graham, a “Turner and Hooch” reboot and a “Swiss Family Robinson” reboot from Chu and acclaimed “Battlestar Galactica” rebooter Ron Moore.
Hulu and FX had just a few bulletins of their very own as properly, together with a fifth season of “The Handmaid’s Tale” and an “Alien” sequence from Noah Hawley.
Disney will even proceed reviving its basic animation titles, with Disney+ Originals together with a brand new model of “Pinocchio” directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks, a brand new model of “Peter Pan and Wendy” and “Sister Act 3” with Whoopi Goldberg.
And Pixar has three sequence coming to Disney+, beginning with the “Up” spinoff “Dug Days” subsequent fall, adopted by a “Car” sequence and an authentic present referred to as “Win or Lose.”
Lastly, on the Marvel aspect, “WandaVision” launches on January 15, “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” (which Marvel’s Kevin Feige described as “a Marvel Studios film performed out over six episodes”) is coming in March, “Loki” in May, “Ms. Marvel” someday subsequent yr (and the character will even seem in “Captain Marvel 2,” illustrating what Feige referred to as the “interconnectedness” of the TV exhibits and movies) and “Hawkeye” late subsequent yr. Also on the horizon are “She-Hulk” with Tatiana Maslany (and Mark Ruffalo returning because the Hulk) and “Moon Knight.”
Feige additionally introduced the Disney+ sequence “Secret Invasion” (primarily based on the favored crossover, with Samuel L. Jackson returning as Nick Fury), “Ironheart” and an “Iron Man” tie-in “Armor Wars” with Don Cheadle. And there’s a “Guardians of the Galaxy” vacation particular written and directed by James Gunn due out in Christmas 2022.
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