According to EW, ABC entertainment president Paul Lee says the long-gestating, “Deadwood”-esque live-action “Star Wars” TV show could be on the way following the massive Disney/LucasFilm deal, saying:
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.
Long-time “Star Wars” producer Rick McCallum and George Lucas had been working on the series for several years, completing artwork, character designs, and 50 scripts that were written by “Battlestar” mastermind Ronald D. Moore and others, but were holding off for enough loot to do the FX-heavy environments justice. EW says the series is reportedly about:
…the story of rival families struggling over the control of the seedy underside of the Star Wars universe and the people who live within the subterranean level and air shafts of the metropolis planet Coruscant (the Empire’s urban-sprawl-covered home planet). A bounty hunter may be the main character. Set between the original Star Wars film trilogy and the prequels, the time period allows for all sorts of potential appearances from classic figures from the Star Wars universe.
But Disney might prefer to halt on a series since “Episode VII” is due in theaters in 2015. EW mentions, brand managers aren’t fond of live-action TV shows and films hitting the marketplace simultaneouly, citing WB’s decision to squash Batman boob tube projects so Nolan’s flicks wouldn’t have to share the spotlight. So an approach that might be more fitting, in lieu of the (hopefully) revitalized movie franchise, is a TV project similar to Joss Whedon’s “S.H.I.E.L.D.” Lee says:
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.
So basically, a show set in the “Star Wars” universe, that fills out the world, but doesn’t directly involve any of the headline characters from the films. Which, honestly, is what I always thought this show was going to be. What seems to be happening, especially since Lucasfilm reportedly pilfered much of the proposed TV show for the videogame “Star Wars 1313,” is we’ll get a slightly-altered live-action “Star Wars” on ABC, once “Episode VII” hits that will expand upon the world, and keep up brand awareness, but won’t be the front-and-center narrative. Strange to say it, but I think “Star Wars” might be the next “Avengers.”