‘Star Wars’ Live-Action TV Series A Possibility
For those Star Wars fans who have wondered all along as to why Star Wars has never been made into a TV Series, wonder no more, as there seems to be a serious possibility that it might get made into a live-action TV series by ABC. Turns out, Disney taking over Lucasfilm might have actually set the ball rolling. The news that ABC might take a look at the long-gestating Star Wars live-action TV series thanks to the takeover is something that was revealed by the ABC President Paul Lee. “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”.
It seems, the idea would be given a consideration, but nothing is concrete as yet. At least that is what one would fathom from what Lee has said. Turns out, the idea of a Star Wars live-action series has been sitting on the shelf for some time now. In fact a long time ago Lucasfilm producer Rick McCallum has even roped in writers like Battlestar Galactica‘s Ron Moore for the project. It was all very hush hush and the writers who were chosen; it seems were sworn to absolute secrecy. The writers then came up with about 50 scripts. The most “provocative, bold and daring material that we’ve ever done” is what McCallum had said about the finished scripts. But strangely, after all of that nothing materialized.
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There must be some really good reason for that of course. Reportedly it was deemed that the production and the extent of the show’s necessary visual effects was too expensive for a broadcast or cable network. Probably at that time there wasn’t so much money to be made from television, or probably some big exec did not have the foresight to gauge how big such a TV series could end up becoming. No doubt it would have been a huge risk taking on such a project, as the Star Wars show was budgeted at more than $5 million per episode and also, Lucasfilm wanted to retain ownership.
Lee on his part still doesn’t sound too confident about the project and was quoted as 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”. Seems like we might see a watered down version in the end.
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