ABC Is Interested In 'Star Wars' Live-Action TV Series
Reported by Outsiders - 2013.01.11
For quite some time now there has been talk that a live-action Star Wars TV series would get created and take place from where the movies left off. But in the end it turned out to be just talk... Now this week at the Television Critics Association, ABC entertainment president Paul Lee says he is looking into the live-action TV series to finally happen now that Disney deal to acquire Lucasfilm is complete.
"We’d love to do something with Lucasfilm, we’re not sure what yet," Lee commented. "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."
Even before the Disney/Lucasfilm deal, the live-action TV series was a project in the making and was commissioned by longtime Lucasfilm producer Rick McCallum, who enlisted writers such as Battlestar Galactica‘s Ron Moore and swore them to NDA secrecy on the plot details. Sources say the live-action series centers on 'the story of rival families struggling over the control of the seedy underside of the Star Wars universe and the people who live within the subterranean level and air shafts of the metropolis planet Coruscant (the Empire’s urban-sprawl-covered home planet). A bounty hunter may be the main character. Set between the original Star Wars film trilogy and the prequels, the time period allows for all sorts of potential appearances from classic figures from the Star Wars universe.' Fifty scripts were written and McCallum once called the scripts the most "provocative, bold and daring material that we’ve ever done."
Character, costume and set designs were all developed and the team project was done at the design studio at George Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch’s main house. The team was closely supervised by McCallum and Lucas.
Where all of this will lead is still unknown but now with Disney owning rights to Lucasfilm and ABC involved. We may just see this live-action TV series in our galaxy sooner than we think...