ABC has 'started conversations' about a live-action Star Wars TV show

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Aug 5, 2013

That long-awaited live action Star Wars series might finally be on the horizon.

When the Walt Disney Company purchased Lucasfilm last year, it opened up a whole new realm of possibilities for the future of the Star Wars franchise. While a new Star Wars film trilogy is definitely the most ambitious part of Disney's plan so far, it's far from the only thing they're interested in. We've already heard about new animated series, possible theme park attractions and new videogames, and now Disney-owned network ABC is talking about a live-action TV series.

You might remember that ABC entertainment president Paul Lee raised the possibility of working on program with Lucasfilm back in January, but at the time it sounded like it was merely something on his wish list, not necessarily something that was about to happen. Well, on Sunday, Lee gave a group of TV critics an update on ABC's relationship with Lucasfilm.

"We've started conversations with them," Lee said. "I have an inkling in my mind, but they have a lot on their plate."

So, not much progress, but at least "conversations" have taken place at this point. That leaves us with perhaps more hope than we had before, but still no real idea of when ABC might want to start this hypothetical show, or what this hypothetical show might be. Could they end up waiting until after Star Wars Episode VII and spin off a series from that film, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.-style? Could they just be waiting to see how S.H.I.E.L.D. performs this season before attempting another potentially costly series tied in to a film franchise? Or could producer Rick McCallum's beloved and long-gestating Star Wars: Underworld finally be taken out of mothballs and dusted off for a network debut (despite its reputed darkness)?

Whatever that "inkling" Lee was talking about, we now at least know that the two companies are talking about a TV project. Now we're left to wonder how long we have to wait to find out more.

What do you think? Is ABC the right place for a live-action Star Wars series to land?

(Via Reuters)



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