ABC might revive live-action 'Star Wars' TV show

Ben Skipper
11 January 2013
ABC might revive live-action 'Star Wars' TV show
Coruscant is one planet-covering city

In the wake of the Earth-shattering Disney/LucasFilm deal last October, it appears that US TV network ABC has renewed their interest in a possible live action 'Star Wars' TV series.


Entertainment Weekly spoke to ABC president Paul Lee about the future of 'Star Wars' on television, prompting this response: "We'd love to do something with Lucasfilm, we're not sure what yet. We haven't even sat down with them.


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"We're going to look at [the live-action series], we're going to look at all of them, and see what's right. We weren't able to discuss this with them until [the acquisition] closed and it just closed. It's definitely going to be part of the conversation."


The wheels were first put in motion regarding a TV show back in 2005, with LucasFilm producer Rick McCallum at the forefront of stories that have been running ever since - only there was no actual production in sight.


A reported 50 scripts were written for the show, which ran with the working title 'Star Wars: Underworld' and which McCallum said would concern "the criminals and the gangs" of Coruscant, the galactic capital.


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In May 2012 McCallum told IGN: "We're at a complicated impasse right now. We have... 50 scripts [that are] unbelievable. The most provocative, the most bold and daring material that we've ever done."


"I think, thematically, in terms of characters and what they go through, it will be… if we can ever get it together and George really wants to pursue it, it'll be the most awesome part of the whole franchise... It's 'Empire [Strikes Back'] on steroids."


Typical prouder spiel, but the idea remained an interesting one. Behind the scenes however issues of budget were keeping the show grounded, with each episode set to cost a reported $4-$5 million.


With the huge success of lavish big budget fantasy TV series like 'Game of Thrones' however, and with the renewed excitement in the series due to the announcement of 'Episode 7' in 2015, it appears ABC may be more willing to work something out with LucasFilm now they are under new management.


Unlike in the movie industry, huge success in TV land has most recently been found in adult shows like the aforementioned 'Game of Thrones' as well as 'The Walking Dead' and 'Boardwalk Empire', making an adult 'Star Wars' series more likely than you may think.


If the project were to happen and things were to run smoothly, it may enter production at the end of this year for release in late-summer/autumn 2014, when the US TV season typically begins.

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