Back at the Investor’s Day in late 2020, Disney announced several new Star Wars projects for Disney+, including a new series called, “Lando”, which will see Donald Glover return as everyone’s favourite scoundrel Lando Calrissian, whom he played in the film, “Solo: A Star Wars Story”.
Earlier this summer, it was revealed that Donald Glover was working on the project with his brother Stephen, who is also a writer on their “Atlanta” FX series. Originally, it was announced that Justin Simien was going to be working on the show, but he found out that he was no longer working on the upcoming Disney+ series on Instagram while promoting his new film, “Haunted Mansion”.
During a recent interview with Pablo Torre Finds Out, Stephen Glover, who was a little cagey due to the ongoing writer’s and actor’s strikes, did tease that they’ve had telephone conversions, and now the Disney+ series is going to be developed as a movie.
This isn’t the first Disney+ series to be changed to a theatrical release, as Marvel’s “Armor Wars” is now being developed as a theatrical release.
Back at this year’s Star Wars Celebration event in London, three new Star Wars films were announced to be in development: one by Dave Filioni, which will be a crossover event between his shows, “The Mandalorian” and “Ahsoka”, another is being set thousands of years before the events of the first trilogy and another film will see Daisy Ridley return as Rey and is set after the events of “The Rise Of Skywalker”.
Lucasfilm has been refocusing its efforts on theatrical releases after years of creating Disney+ shows like “The Mandalorian”, but as Disney is looking to cut costs and focus on making money. Though a theatrical release will no doubt make more money than a Disney+ show, following the poor box office results for “Solo: A Star Wars Story”, they will likely try to keep the costs in check, to ensure the film is profitable. Many Star Wars fans would also much prefer a much shorter story, condensed into a film, rather than a Disney+ series, which can feel a little bloated with unnecessary filler.
With the ongoing writer’s and actor’s strikes, it’s probably going to be a while until we get any more updates on “Lando”, It’s surprising we got this update, but at least we know this project is finally moving forward after years of almost nothing.
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Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.