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Brodie Fogg 10 November 2017 NEWS


A new Star Wars series will stream exclusively on Disney's streaming service.

A long, long time ago, in a studio far away, a little cartoon mouse was conceived as a replacement for a failing studio mascot. Now in 2017, that little studio has amassed a cross-media empire, absorbing and integrating some of the universe's largest properties. Marvel, ESPN, Miramax and many more now kneel to the unstoppable force that is The Walt Disney Company. One of the most profitable and beloved brands the sprawling organisation has acquired is Lucasfilms. And after the rabid success of its Star Wars film revival, the company is looking to milk the cash Tauntaun for all its worth.

Not only did Disney announce that Rian Johnson (Looper, Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi) would be creating an entirely new cinematic trilogy based in the Star Wars universe, it also announced that a new Star Wars TV series is in the works. Set to launch on Disney's streaming service (coming 2019), the Star Wars series will serve up what many fans have been begging to see for years now: a live-action Star Wars television series. While Clone Wars and Rebels have offered up relatively family-friendly animated experiences over the years, a live-action series could give Disney a chance to explore the darker side of the force with an all-ages adventure across the galaxy.

Other than the announcement itself, the details around the series are about as clear as Supreme Leader Snoke's history at this point. Considering Disney's hyperjump into the world of streaming, there's no saying what this thing will look like, but we're willing to give it a shot before criticising Disney's desperate dig for druggats.

Real life politics and streaming collide

Well, Stan's upcoming Romper Stomper series was bound to ruffle some feathers. To be honest, it has been a pretty sketchy pitch from the start. A modernised take on the 1993 Russ-led movie is aiming to adapt the immigration fears of the time to today's climate. It apparently looks to tell the story from both sides. The only issue is that everything we've seen so far seems to tell the story from just one side – the white supremacist side. Now, before the series has even been released, a group of loud and proud white supremacist/fluoro-clad dickheads/racist douche boys using the name Patriot Blue have accosted Australian polly Sam Dastyari in a pub for no good reason.

Lachy Hulme as Blake in Stan Original Series Romper Stomper. Photo Credit Ben King

I'm not going to go into the details of the confrontation (it was plain disgusting), but the fact that the group adopted the name of a fictional hate group from an unreleased TV show has drawn some attention. Stan and Village are taking legal action against the hate group for using the trademarked Patriot Blue name and Stan's own brand on the affiliated Facebook page.

Stan sent out a press release regarding the confrontation:

"The group involved have misappropriated the name of the fictional group from the series. Stan and Roadshow Productions today instructed law firm Gilbert & Tobin to take appropriate legal action in relation to the infringement of the Patriot Blue trademark, and use of the Stan name on Facebook."

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