The merger between Disney and 21st Century Fox likely means that we’ll likely see future shows on Disney+ that are based on film franchises that have been released by 20th Century Fox.
Currently, the streaming service is already developing high-end series with Lucasfilm’s The Mandalorian and a spy thriller focusing on Diego Luna’s Cassian Andor. They’re also developing shows with Kevin Feige/Marvel Studios that will center on MCU characters such as Loki, Scarlet Witch, and Bucky/Falcon.
I have a couple of ideas of what Fox film properties would worth developing shows for Disney+, which is expected to be more in the PG-13 range as Bob Iger has suggested more mature material would be heading to Hulu.
PLANET OF THE APES: One of the best-reviewed franchises of late, what Matt Reeves, Weta Digital and Andy Serkis was able to do was give Planet of The Apes fans something worthy of the originals and built-upon them.
A streaming series wouldn’t be that crazy for this franchise there was a cartoon and live-action television at one point back in the 1970’s. Although, the quality was lacking at the time and could have used Disney ponying-up a decent budget.
I’d personally like to see a mini-series focused on the humans during the Simian Flu outbreak and what happened in San Francisco or another location in the United States.
AVATAR: The James Cameron franchise will be getting four sequels which will all cover every corner of Pandora, there are plenty of other aspects of this franchise that likely won’t be. A long-form series could further mine this science fiction franchise and give fans that might not be entirely interested in the Na’vi culture.
A couple of ways to go would be a series on Earth revealing the hard life that humans undergo on a daily basis and maybe see what this society has become. Another way to go is to focus on the military and colonization programs, something that was sort of brushed over in the first film. It might be interesting to see some anthology series taking place on the different planets that have been colonized.
Both ideas would be cost effective since not including the Na’vi/Pandora would scale back the level of effects needed.
WOLVERINE: For years I’ve been championing the idea of a WWII-set Wolverine film, but a mini-series on Disney+ could be actually an excellent way to introduce a new actor in the role and give them more than a brief cameo to explain his absence over the last decade.
I wouldn’t be opposed to a period Weapon X mini-series either since a new origin is likely going to be given to the MCU version of Wolverine.
We’ve never really seen Logan true military background or his true experience working with Black Ops teams/Department H, outside the limited scenes in X-Men Origins: Wolverine which was really poorly done. The introduction had some interesting shots but this ultimately is an unexplored side of Logan’s mythology and deserves a reboot, not unlike his Weapon X transformation that was revamped in X-Men: Apocalypse.
Logan navigating through European missions during the war could be interesting and maybe even seeing him bump into Captain America and The Howling Commandos could help tie up some potential continuity issues having Wolverine in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Since he’s been a longstanding superpowered character that has a military record, having him rub shoulders with Captain America, HYDRA/Winter Soldier or Nick Fury wouldn’t be out of the question.
Disney+ will likely pull from a lot of the studios under the Disney umbrella and there are plenty of other Fox properties could be further explored in a series format.