ABC is lucky to be connected with Disney; they get TV dibs on any property the mega company has under those gigantic mouse ears. That’s including the possibility of bringing the world of Star Wars into our homes by way of a live-action series. Entertainment president Channing Dungey expressed great interest in creating a primetime series set in a galaxy far, far away. In fact, she revealed that there are ongoing talks to make it a reality.
Oh, as a fan, I would absolutely love to say “Yes.” The conversations with Lucas, we have had conversations with them and will continue to have conversations with them. I think it would be wonderful if we could find a way to extend that brand into our programming…. It’s all a little bit hush-hush. That company exists under a big shroud of secrecy. If you feel Marvel’s secretive, [Lucasfilm] takes it to a whole other level … [Talks] are ongoing. We don’t have an official timeline yet.
When asked if the proposed idea would be a live-action series, Dungey wouldn’t say. It would make sense, though, since there’s already an animated series on Disney XD.
The idea of a live-action Star Wars series is not a new one. Rumors of one being developed (and then shelved) makes a regular circuit around the mill almost every year. There was a project commissioned years ago by longtime Lucasfilm producer Rick McCallum. He enlisted Battlestar Galactica’s Ron Moore to put pen to paper. His series would have followed rival families competing for control over the seedy underside of the Star Wars‘ seediest metropolis, Coruscant. About 50 scripts were written, and the series itself was described as “provocative, bold, and daring material that [they have] ever done.” Ultimately, it was all scrapped for being too expansive, aka too expensive for any broadcast or cable channels.
If ABC actually goes through with developing a Star Wars series, cost will definitely be its biggest hurdle. There’s a certain level of production value fans expect, that only animation or feature films can accommodate. Will they be able to pull off a weekly series on a budget without looking like a high school production of Mister Rodgers in the 70s?