Ronald D. Moore Creating New Shows For Disney+ Including The Swiss Family Robinson
Ronald D Moore is one of the best genre auteurs working in television, and now he is bringing his talents to Disney+ for a new slate of programming. According to reports, Moore is developing multiple new shows for the streaming channel including a new adaptation of Swiss Family Robinson. He is joined by Jon M. Chu for that series, after Chu left the upcoming Willow series on Disney+ due to bad timing.
Another series Moore will be working on is something called The Society of Explorers and Adventurers. This show is apparently set in the “Magic Kingdom Universe.” It will get extra meta as it is set in a world “where the themed lands and characters of the Disney parks and classic films all actually exist in another reality.”
Ronald D Moore Goes From Space to the Magic Kingdom
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Ronald D Moore is of course best known for his version of Battlestar Galactica, although he will not be involved in the upcoming Peacock reboot of the series. Moore got his start in genre television as a writer on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine. In recent years he has successfully overseen an adaptation of Outlander for Starz, and the Philip K. Dick anthology Electric Dreams on Amazon Prime. Most recently, Moore brought us an alternate history version of the space race with For All Mankind on Apple TV+.
With that impressive list of credentials, it seems as though Disney+ is one of the few new streaming networks that Moore has not yet worked for. But all of that will change as he brings The Magic Kingdom to life for Disney+.
Moore Still Wants to Make a Star Wars Show
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In a wide-ranging interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Moore also spoke about the live-action Star Wars tv show he once tried to pitch to ABC. This was in the years before Star Wars saw a new era. And long before live-action Star Wars shows like The Mandalorian came to pass. Is it possible that working with Disney+ might allow Moore to finally tackle a live-action Star Wars show? Moore says he would love the opportunity to work within the franchise.
Moore has thought a lot about what he would do with a live-action Star Wars show on Disney+. “I’ve got a couple of notions in the back of my head — ideas and arenas that I think would be fun to poke around the corners of the Star Wars universe.”
Ronald D Moore Is Still Involved with Outlander, Despite Disney+ Deal
Outlander Author Diana Gabaldon and Ronald D. Moore | Photo by Christina Ring via Wikimedia Commons
Elsewhere in the interview, Moore addressed the future of Outlander. He indicated that there might be some spin-offs on the way. Moore is no longer the head showrunner for Outlander, having passed the mantle onto Matthew B. Roberts several years ago. But he is still an executive producer on the show, and oversees the scripts and direction.
Nothing has been confirmed as of yet. But it seems likely that the spin-off series would focus on the character of Lord John Grey. After all, Lord John does have his own series of spin-off books written by Outlander author Diana Gabaldon. As a fan-favorite, and the most prominent gay character in this historical drama it would definitely be satisfying to see him take center stage in his own series for Starz.
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Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.