Disney has unveiled plans for a major expansion of its Star Wars and Marvel franchises on its Disney+ subscription streaming service.
The company said its upcoming films “Peter Pan & Wendy” and Tom Hank’s “Pinocchio” will be launched directly onto Disney+, skipping theaters.
Disney is the latest studio to divert its focus from cinema to streaming.
Warner Brothers earlier said all its 2021 releases would debut on HBO Max.COVID-19 has hit the film and entertainment industry hard, and cinemas are desperate for content to lure viewers back with new entertainment that can initially only be seen on their screens.
But content producers want to cater to audiences who may not be ready to go back to cinemas.
Disney said that it planned to offer 10 new TV series in its Marvel and Star Wars franchises over the next few years.
These include Disney+’s biggest hit, “The Mandalorian,” featuring a Star Wars character who is the same species as Yoda.