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‘Star Wars’ live-action series headed to TV?

- January 10th, 2013

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We know that ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ will be heading to a theatre near you come 2015, but speculation is mounting that a long-in-the-works television series could be on its way to the small screen.

When Disney purchased Lucasfilm last October, they got extensive treatments for future films and were optimistic the franchise could be extended on television. “We really like Star Wars potential on TV,” Disney CEO Robert Iger said at the time in a statement.

Well, with the deal to acquire Lucasfilm finalized last month, ABC (which is owned by Disney) is considering bringing a Star Wars live-action TV series to the small screen.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, ABC entertainment president Paul Lee says a series based in the Star Wars universe is something “we’re going to look at.”

The EW story reveals that 50 scripts are already in the can, with such writers as Battlestar Galactica’s Ron Moore contributing. Set on Coruscant between the events of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope, producer Rick McCallum called the show “Empire on steroids” during an interview last year.

Despite the sci-fi genre being more popular than ever, high-production costs (rumoured to be as high as $5-million an episode) and Lucasfilm wanting to retain ownership scuttled any live-action plans.

Now that Lucasfilm and ABC are under the Disney umbrella, Lee says a weekly show is a possibility.

“We’d love to do something with Lucasfilm, we’re not sure what yet,” Lee tells EW. “We haven’t even sat down with them. 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.”

But with a new film written by Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) hitting theatres in 2015, Lee says a television show is not a done deal. “It’s going to be very much up to the Lucasfilm brands how they want to play it.”

Would a Star Wars television show hold your interest, or are you strictly about the movies? Let us know what you think of a live-action series in the comments.

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4 comments

  1. James | January 10, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    the more star wars we can see, the better.

  2. James | January 11, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    I would love to see a live action tv show of star wars. But I would personally like to see it based on the series of books that have been published like The New Jedi Order and etc.

  3. Allen | January 11, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    I’m sick of references to Star Wars unless it is on THe Big Bang Theory. Make a new Star Trek series instead. Star WArs always has to include Jedis and weapons, lots of weapons, a hell of a lot of weapons oh and did I say weapons.

  4. wavy | January 12, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Re: live action Star Wars Tv show, I have one word for Disney: oversaturation. That is all.

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