Despite split with Disney, Netflix discussing keeping Marvel, 'Star Wars' movies

Disney has said it wouldn't allow those films to shown on the service

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Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) finds his starfighter under attack by deadly buzz droids in the 2005 movie, “Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith.”
Lucasfilm Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) finds his starfighter under attack by deadly buzz droids in the 2005 movie, “Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith.”

LOS ANGELES — Netflix is in “active discussions” with Walt Disney about keeping Marvel and “Star Wars” movies after 2019, when new Disney and Pixar movies will stop appearing on the streaming service, a senior executive said.

Disney announced on Tuesday that it was pulling new Disney and Pixar films from Netflix, starting with new releases in 2019. It will start putting the movies on a new Disney-branded online service that year.

Disney CEO Bob Iger told analysts the company had not yet decided where it would distribute superhero movies from Marvel Studios and movies from “Star Wars” producer Lucasfilm, which the company owns, at that time.

Netflix still is in discussions with Disney about retaining rights to stream Marvel and Lucasfilm releases after 2019, Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos told Reuters.

A Disney spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Iger said on Tuesday that the Marvel and Lucasfilm movies could go to Netflix or another streaming service after 2019, or Disney might retain the rights for itself.

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