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Disney Has “Started Conversations” About a Live-Action Star Wars TV Show


At a Television Critics Association press tour Disney president Paul Lee was asked about the possibility of a live-action Star Wars show appearing on ABC at some point in the future. His answer was heartening, assuming you’re on board with the whole Disney-Star Wars collaboration. (I’m there. I don’t know when it happened, but it did.)

Said Lee:

“I certainly have a glint in my eye. They have a lot on their plate when you look at the features that they’re planning on rolling out for the next few years, but we’ve started conversations with them.”

It’s never been a stretch that a live-action Star Wars show would pop up on ABC at some point. Disney owns the network, after all, and they’ve shown their willingness to move properties they own to the small screen with Agents of SHIELD and Once Upon a Time. And one Star Wars show, the animated Star Wars Rebels, is already being made for the Disney channel.

But I’m happy that Disney doesn’t appear to be lollygagging with this one. For once their insistence on squeezing every possible penny out of their properties is really working for me. Though I reserve the right to retract that statement if the show, whatever it ends up being, is awful.

Getting into speculation mode, what settings/characters would you like to see in this hypothetical show? I’ve made my love of Rogue Squadron well-known, so I think something centered around fighter pilots in the immediate aftermath of the original trilogy, when there are still remnants of the Empire to mop up, would be great. I wouldn’t object to something bounty hunter-focused, either. I do know I want something Agents of SHIELD-esque, meaning a show that focuses on background characters instead of the “superheroes” of the Star Wars universe. So keep the Jedi to the films, please. But that’s just me. What would you like to see?

(via: MTV Geek!)

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  • Steven Ray Morris

    As a child of the expanded universe I never questioned our main heroes involvement in every galactic conflict. I’d also love a Rogue Squadron series. I’ll start my dream casting of Ysanne Isard now.

  • Anonymous

    I want to see Star Wars: Underworld finally get made. That sounded really awesome.

  • Mark Brown

    Really, a Rogue Squadron based series would be perfect; it already gives you the characters’ relationships (they’re all squadron mates) and motivations (“because they’re ordered to ___”), allowing the writers to skip right into the actual storytelling.

    Also, no need for Jedi/Sith.

  • Jason Atkins

    I think it’d be really interesting to see an Agents of SHIELD approach to the Star Wars universe. By that I don’t mean that we should have a team of secret agents investigating superpowers… but I think the premise of “We’re going to do an ensemble show focusing on what’s happening in the background” could be really cool. Some sort of Rogue Squadron series, or a series set on a Rebel/Republic cruiser that appears in the background… something like that, which lets us meet and get familiar with the rank-and-file members of whatever the good guys end up calling themselves.

    Kinda like Clone Wars, or (presumably) Rebels, but focusing on just one smallish group rather than an entire ensemble of characters. So, the X-Wing series basically. Rogues, Wraiths, Page’s Commandos, and all that jazz. That kinda thing.

  • Anonymous

    Damn you Lucas. You sold the franchise to even worse money grubbing bastards. Not that there’s much left to destroy. Now I’m waiting for the Star Wars reality tv competition. “Who’s the next Chewbacca?”

  • Anonymous

    Well, Corran Horn does eventually become a Jedi.

  • Anonymous

    Here’s something in favor of a Rogue Squadron series: [1] development will be cheaper than it might be, since they’ll be able to use previously created characters [2] they can re-release all the old books, comics, and so forth. Also cheap money. [3] We already know the plots don’t suck, so probably fewer hesitant fans.

  • Anonymous

    Sarah Shahi would do well for me.

  • Smilingswan

    Rogue Squadron! Yes! And Wraith Squadron! I would love to see the X-Wing series and those characters brought to life.

  • Mark Matson

    Office Space.

    But on the Death Star.

  • Paul Lane

    IG 88, they could make it funny with pathos.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nuuni.nuunani Nuuni Nuunani

    Wasn’t that a thing? ‘Better off Ted’

  • Anonymous

    A Rogue Squadron/Wraith Squadron TV show would be awesome.

  • Vian Lawson

    Rogue (or similar) Squadron, set between ANH and TESB, with the growth of the Alliance and the public and official reactions to it as the backdrop. Named characters from the films might get the occasional reference, but would be the equivalent of the President or Queen; talked about, maybe but never seen. Hard to build a series around a fighter squadron, though; they’d need to be part-time gro-pos for the civilian/other interaction. A special ops/infil unit, maybe?

    Also: An independant starship captain with flexible morals and the fastest ship in the galaxy, plying her trade amid the shady dives of the Outer Rim and the lucrative chaos of war. Yes, I know it’s Firefly. But we had it first.

    I’ve long given up on the EU, but I can see a zany comedy about an Imperial Commander who slept her way to the Outer Rim, won’t shut up about what a tactical genius she is and loses a capital ship every time she sorties and wins battles by fluke, if at all … no, actually, I take that back. It’d be a one note joke.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    That always bugged me. Can we not have ONE SERIES without a surprise!Force sensitive person popping up?

    But meh, just my personal opinion.

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    I think it’s more likely we’ll get a solo Solo movie, pre-New Hope kinda thing.

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    I dunno, that’d be like having a D&D campaign without a mage.

  • Chuck Graham

    I wouldn’t think so. BSG did fairly well with their Raptors on a weekly basis.

  • Anonymous

    I miss Luke, Leia, and Han. It’s been too long since we’ve seen them, and I don’t just want to see their older selves in the next Star Wars movie. I know it seem like blasphemy, but I would love to see their continuing adventures in the live action show – even if they need to have other (younger) actors play the parts.