When Disney purchased Lucasfilm for a massive $4Billion, we all knew that big things were coming for our favorite galaxy far, far away. On top of the big news that a brand-spankin'-new 'Star Wars' feature film is coming down the pipe in 2015, there is now word that an old concept for a live-action 'Star Wars' television series could be revived at ABC.
Paul Lee, ABC Entertainment President, reported that he'll be taking a long look at an old 'Star Wars' project that never came to fruition at any network. "We’d love to do something with Lucasfilm, we’re not sure what yet," Lee told Entertainment Weekly. "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."
Rick McCallum, a producer at Lucasfilm, put a live-action 'Star Wars' project into development several years ago--even having over fifty scripts produced for the potential series. The scripts have been collecting dust and the writers were sworn to secrecy... until now.
Why did the project never reach the small screen? Well, it was never cost-effective; that's always the problem with large-scale high-concept series like 'Deadwood' or any property that requires massive set-construction. Unless the series becomes incredibly popular, like HBO's 'Game of Thrones' at present, then the show ends up costing more money than it makes. But luckily, Lucasfilm was just purchased by an entertainment giant with the deepest pockets in this, or any other galaxy.
The production of a 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' series through Marvel (also owned by Disney) is a perfect example of how a television series can complement a feature film franchise (in this case, Marvel's 'Avengers). The 'Star Wars' live-action series is based on the same material that gave life to the upcoming video game 'Star Wars: 1313' (screen shot pictured). The series would center on rival crime families struggling for control of the seedy underground of Coruscant, the wealthiest, most affluent planet in the Empire. Just how wealthy is Coruscant? Well, in the 'Star Wars' brand of Monopoly, Coruscant holds the Boardwalk space. What does that tell ya?
The main character in the series would likely be a bounty hunter and the timeline of the series would be between episode III and episode IV, during the years where Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa are growing up. That time period allows for all sorts of cameo or guest appearances by famous and classic 'Star Wars' characters.
As it stands, this project is merely being considered, but given the push behind the 'Star Wars' feature film aimed for 2015, my money is on Disney resurrecting this project sooner rather than later.