We already know Disney wants to leverage the Star Wars property to crank out more movies, but now they're looking to the small screen. So could George Lucas' long-rumored live-action Star Wars series finally happen?
ABC entertainment president Paul Lee told Entertainment Weekly that the company will start working immediately to find more ways to capitalize on the franchise, with attention swinging to the live-action series Lucas has been developing for years, with 50 scripts already in the can.
It's not much of a surprise that the company would want to develop another project (they're already developing an animated series for Disney XD), and they're doing the same thing with Joss Whedon's Avengers spinoff S.H.I.E.L.D. series at ABC.
Both sides have been waiting for the Lucasfilm deal to close, and now that it has, they're ready to start looking at the options:
"We'd love to do something with Lucasfilm, we're not sure what yet. 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.The Star Wars series has been on the shelf for years, having been deemed too expensive to make at the time, though the scripts gathered some positive buzz from those who've read them. Heck, Ron Moore (Battlestar Galactica) was involved, so they can't be too bad. The premise is said to follow the seedy underbelly of Coruscant, which actually served as the inspiration for the upcoming Star Wars 1313 videogame.
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."
As EW notes, the fact that DIsney owns ABC could make the project more feasible financially. What do you think? Would you like to see a Star Wars series to go along with the new films in 2015?
(Via Entertainment Weekly)