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The Disney-Lucasfilm Purchase Might Lead to a Live-Action Star Wars TV Series. Eventually. Maybe.

ABC entertainment president Paul Lee has caused everyone on the Internet to freak out (well, everyone in the geek corners, anyway—I’m not all too familiar with the rest of it) by saying that there might be a Star Wars show on ABC now that their parent company Disney has bought LucasFilm. Lee! You’d better mean it. You can’t just say things like that and then flake out.

What Lee said is that they’d “love to do something with Lucasfilm, we’re not sure what yet” and that they’re going to look at the live-action series that Lucasfilm producer Rick McCallum was trying to get going a few years back.

According to, McCallum’s series was written in part by Battlestar Galactica‘s Ron Moore and

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.

McCallum once called the scripts the most “provocative, bold and daring material that we’ve ever done,” which, as points out, doesn’t mean a heck of a lot from the guy who produced the prequels. (They know what’s up over at Tor.) Lee says they’re looking at other LucasFilm-related options, too, so if a Howard the Duck show gets greenlit, remember, he never said it’d definitely be Star Wars.

Any live-action Star Wars series has always been prohibitively expensive to make, which is why it’s more feasible now that Disney’s purchased LucasFilm; ABC won’t have to pay to license the property, plus Papa Disney will be paying for the whole thing. Sound familiar? Lee breaks down the connection between the possible Star Wars show and S.H.I.E.L.D., saying:

“It’s going to be very much up to the Lucasfilm brands how they want to play it. We got to a point here with Marvel, a very special point, where we’re in the Marvel universe, and very relevantly so, but we’re not doing The Avengers. But S.H.I.E.L.D. is part of The Avengers. So maybe something oblique is the way to [approach the Star Wars universe] rather than going straight head-on at it.”

I’m not super-excited about this news, if only because I have my doubts that it’s going to happen anytime soon. Remember that Disney has said they want to do multiple trilogies and spin-off films, too. It reminds me of Steve Carell‘s character in Anchorman saying “I love carpet. I love desk. I love lamp.” Disney, are you just looking at things and saying you want to make them?

That said, if you said you wanted to make a Rogue Squadron movie… well, that’d be OK… I guess. *shuffles feet*


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  • Anonymous

    Plus I’m not sure a live-action TV show would be workable on a TV budget. If Clone Wars is finishing up soon why not another CGI cartoon, but this time based off the Expanded Universe novels and comics? Or whatever bits of those they want to consider canon, I guess.

  • javi

    This would be SO much cooler if they DON’T make it into a
    cartoon series; the fact they tried to pump too much money into the prequels is
    exactly why it looked phony! Well, it’s all phony actually, but you get
    what I mean, lol. I’m not sure if this will ever happen, but it’s a cool
    prospect, and I’ll be ready to record when they do! I work late most
    nights at DISH, but with my DISH Hopper’s PrimeTime Anytime feature I can come
    home knowing that all the primetime shows from ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC will be
    waiting for me. It’s incredibly convenient, and I don’t have to set a
    bunch of individual timers to get my shows!

  • Mark Brown

    If they’re willing to cut the budget (i.e., rely on makeup and practical effects and actual standing sets), they could EASILY do a TV series set during the Rebellion, featuring a Rebel fighter squadron based aboard an increasingly-battered starship.

    Think Battlestar Galactica with the special effects from Farscape.