In the fall of 2019, Disney will reportedly launch their new streaming service with a variety of new shows and movies designed to capitalize on some of the studio’s most iconic and enduring properties. At Comic-Con, it was announced that Disney is reviving the beloved animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars for the streaming service, which got us thinking about other classic (and modern) properties under Disney’s umbrella that are ripe for a reboot or resurrection.
So far, in addition to The Clone Wars, Disney has confirmed that a new Star Wars series, an unspecified live-action Marvel show, and an animated series set in the Monsters, Inc. universe are in the works for the streaming service.
With other streaming providers like Netflix spending upwards of $13 billion in 2018, and Amazon developing a $1 billion Lord of the Rings franchise, Disney has a steep hill to climb if they want to establish themselves in the competitive VOD market. But this is Disney after all, and they have an impressive catalog of entertainment properties to choose from.
In addition to The Clone Wars, here are 19 projects we’d love to see when Disney launches its streaming service next year. Check out our choices in the slideshow or list below.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Revival (Thanks, Disney!)
When Star Wars: The Clone Wars was canceled back in 2013, the series had some unfinished business in terms of its story. In 2016, Lucasfilm creative executive Pablo Hildalgo said that scripts from Seasons 7 and 8 were already written. Thankfully, Netflix debuted Season 6: The Lost Episodes in 2014, but these were only a fraction of the upcoming episodes that were in development at the time. Some of the unfinished episode arcs included Ahsoka’s adventures after she left the Jedi Order and even a Yoda story set on the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk. Clearly, Dave Filoni and Pablo Hidalgo have more stories to tell in the Clone Wars universe, so we’re thrilled they’ll get the chance to explore them on the new streaming service.
Agent Carter Revival
While we’re talking revivals, fans are still mourning the premature cancellation of ABC’s Agent Carter, which starred the phenomenal Hayley Atwell, reprising her role from the MCU. The first two seasons explored Peggy’s early spy career following the events of Captain America: The First Avenger, but there’s still so much of her fascinating life to dig into, including the founding of SHIELD alongside Howard Stark, and her encounters with other early MCU heroes like Hank Pym – not to mention all the lingering mysteries left over from Season 2. Atwell and the rest of the creative team have all expressed interest in continuing Peggy’s adventures, and given the Marvel movies’ willingness to explore other periods (like the ’90s-set Captain Marvel), it probably wouldn’t be too difficult to get the band back together for shortened seasons exploring different missions in Peggy’s storied career, following a similar model to Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock series.
Young Indiana Jones
With the Harrison Ford-led Indiana Jones 5 delayed another year to 2021, why not reboot The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles? From 1992-1996, Sean Patrick Flanery played the younger version of the titular hero in a fun action-adventure series that explored Indiana Jones during his youth. The late River Phoenix also played Indy in the opening of The Last Crusade movie. One of the reasons the original series was canceled was due to its large budget, but that was long before the days of Game of Thrones and The Crown. Disney should boldly go forward with a new young Indiana Jones series in the near future.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is a classic exploratory tale, based on a novel by Jules Verne, that tells the story of men venturing into the great unknown, led by scientific genius Captain Nemo. In 1954, Walt Disney released the live-action adaption with an all-star cast featuring Kirk Douglas and James Mason. Over fifty years after its release, there have been talks of a remake, with directors David Fincher (Gone Girl) and James Mangold (Logan) signed on to helm the film at various times. Since the remake’s production is struggling to get off the ground, Disney’s streaming service would be wise to explore Nemo’s adventures further in a live-action series. With shows like Game of Thrones and The Expanse showing off how good modern TV visual effects can be, an underwater adventure series like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea shouldn’t be a problem.
In a recent interview with Garrett Hedlund, the Tron: Legacy star offered a few reasons why Tron 3 was never made, ranging from issues with Tomorrowland’s poor box office performance to scheduling conflicts. While this doesn’t mean the Tron movie franchise is gone for good, it may be some time before we see another cinematic outing, so why not make a live-action series? Disney XD has already explored the Tron universe further with their animated series, Tron: Uprising, which took place between the first two films. There is still plenty more story to tell outside the Flynn family saga, so hopefully, Legacy wasn’t the final story in the Tron live-action universe.
Behind the Scenes Features
As digital streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu become more widely used, fewer consumers are buying physical media. At one time, DVD and Blu-ray discs were sources of endless amounts of special features and production documentaries, but now, many of the titles coming out have little more than 15-20 minutes worth of extras. With a digital platform of their own, Disney could entice physical media junkies to move over to digital if they want to consume all of that Avengers: Infinity War behind-the-scenes goodness, and pull some fascinating old featurettes out of the vault, like the classic documentary “From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga.”
Disney’s 2012 adaptation of John Carter of Mars may not have gone according to plan from a financial standpoint, but the movie did prove that the dry wastelands of Mars can be a vibrant sci-fi playground to explore. In total, author Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote 11 entries in the John Carter universe, so there is plenty of untapped material for Disney to use for a show. In 2014, Disney let the Barsoom novel rights go back to the Burroughs estate, but Disney shouldn’t have any trouble getting them back.
More Boy/Girl Meets World
Disney Channel shocked fans and critics when it axed popular Boy Meets World sequel series Girl Meets World last year, and viewers are still campaigning for it to be revived. Considering it was a critical and ratings success, Girl Meets World’s cancellation is still a head-scratcher: some wondered if it was outgrowing Disney Channel’s youthful target audience, but since the streaming service is presumably aiming for a broader demographic of viewers, it might be a good home for the series (which would bring a built-in and grateful fanbase along with it), and it would be easy for Disney to shift the original run of Boy Meets World over from Hulu, where it’s currently streaming.
Honey I Shrunk the Kids
The Honey, I Shrunk the Kids franchise was a big deal for Disney back in the late ’80s and early ’90s, spawning two sequels (one direct-to-video) and one television series. While Disney is already looking into rebooting the movie along with some of their other classic family films like The Parent Trap (1998) and Father of the Bride (1991) it would be exciting to revisit the Szalinski family in a new live-action comedy series instead (like Malcolm in the Middle, but miniaturized!). It’s been almost 30 years since the franchise’s initial release, so a reboot could be in order, especially since Rick Moranis has slowly backed away from acting to focus on his family.
We’d love to see a library of all of Disney Channel’s Original Movies on the streaming service, but Halloweentown could also be a good candidate for the series treatment. Now that Netflix is rebooting Sabrina the Teenage Witch with a spookier, more horror-oriented tone, Disney could launch their own supernatural teen franchise following 13-year-old Marnie Piper, whose grandmother is a witch who lives in a magical alternate dimension called Halloweentown, populated by fantastical creatures like ghosts, vampires and werewolves.
A New Jim Henson Company Show
Disney is rumored to be developing a new Muppet show for the streaming service, but it would be awesome to see an original concept from The Jim Henson Company, especially if it has a more mature, fantasy tone, like Labyrinth or The Dark Crystal (which is already getting a Netflix prequel series).
For the three years it was on the air, Disney’s Gargoyles was a fascinating show, featuring a darker tone that was more akin to Batman: The Animated series than any other cartoon Disney had going at the time. Recently, Get Out director Jordan Peele has expressed an interest in directing a feature film, but since the project has not been greenlit yet, Disney could reboot the series on their streaming service. Whether live-action or animated, having the Gargoyles back in action is good for everyone.
Conveniently, Marvel already has a pilot for a live-action series in the can: New Warriors, described as a live-action “docu-comedy” featuring a young cast of oddball wannabe heroes, was given a 10-episode series order by Freeform, before the Disney-owned cable network decided they didn’t have room to air it in 2018 and gave it back to Marvel to shop elsewhere. Disney execs are rumored to have loved the pilot, so it would make sense for the project to find a home on Disney’s streaming service, where it could presumably function as part of a larger, in-house Marvel TV Universe, similar to what Netflix has built across its Defenders shows, with potential crossovers galore. (There’s little chance of said Defenders shows making their way over to Disney’s service, though – Netflix has the rights to those shows for as long as they want to keep renewing them.)
An Adult Rocketeer
The studio is already developing an animated reboot of The Rocketeer for Disney Junior, but that series is aimed at kids aged 2-7, and we’d much rather see a live-action adventure series set in the 1930s or ’40s, leaning into the nostalgia and art deco style of the period. There have also been rumors of a long-gestating movie reboot/sequel featuring a female lead, so the streaming service would be a smart place for Disney to debut that project (and seed a potential TV spinoff), given that the original film wasn’t exactly a box office smash.
Flight of the Navigator
Flight of the Navigator may have started out as a movie back in 1986, but an updated version of the story featuring a human boy named David and his adventures with an alien spacecraft would make an excellent TV addition to Disney’s streaming service. David and the flying saucer’s pilot form a compelling bond over the course of the film’s 90-minute runtime, which would make for an interesting character study stretched out over multiple episodes. Currently, a Flight of the Navigator movie remake is underway in partnership with Lionsgate and The Henson Company.
Escape to Witch Mountain
With Amazon investing $1 billion to adapt the Lord of the Rings into a series, the race is on to create the next sci-fi or fantasy adaptation that could replace Game of Thrones. Disney could easily expand the mythology of its cult classic Escape to Witch Mountain franchise for an ongoing series exploring the survivors of an alien race trying to make a settlement on Earth, and its two teen protagonists with special abilities seem like a perfect fit for Disney’s audience.
Classic Disney Cartoon Revivals
After the wild success of Disney Channel’s DuckTales reboot, the timing couldn’t be better for revivals of Disney’s other classic late ’80s/early ’90s cartoons: Darkwing Duck, Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers, and TaleSpin. Nostalgia for the iconic “Disney Afternoon” lineup is obviously high, since Disney just started selling shirts featuring the shows in its theme parks… Coincidence? We think not. At the very least, the streaming service should make every episode of the old shows available to enable our binge habit.
While Ewoks are probably best known for their appearance in Return of the Jedi, the furry little forest dwellers have also starred in two made-for-TV movies, Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure (1984) and Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985). There was also a short-lived animated series. Over the years, the Ewoks have been written off as silly and inconsequential, but a solid story about the adorable heroes could be fun as a live-action or animated series. It would be nice to learn more about the history of their species – but we’d also settle for Disney making the cheesy movies available online, along with the much maligned (and deeply surreal) Star Wars Holiday Special.
Given the ubiquity of Frozen, we’re honestly surprised Disney hasn’t already commissioned an ongoing animated show in a similar vein to Disney Channel’s charming Tangled series, which explores the period in Rapunzel’s life after the end of the movie but before her wedding to Eugene. Obviously, Frozen 2 is already in the works for the big screen and will hopefully cover new ground, but kids who are obsessed with Anna, Elsa and Olaf would probably welcome a weekly appointment with their heroes (even if their parents might not).
With Disney’s acquisition of Fox almost a done deal, we can’t help but dream of a new X-Men animated series – especially one that allows the beloved team of mutants to interact with some of the other heroes popularized by the MCU. The ’90s original is one of the most beloved animated shows of all time alongside Batman: The Animated Series, so an older-skewing, serialized revival would be a welcome addition to the streaming service – as would the entire back catalogue of the original incarnation, while we’re wishing.
Which other projects would you like to see Disney add to their streaming service? Let us know in the comments, and for more on The Clone Wars, check out how the Clone Wars TV show might shape the future of the Star Wars Saga and every new Jedi introduced in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.