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Eleanor Tremeer

We all love to return to that galaxy far, far away, and the idea of a Star Wars live action TV show has been entertained by many fans. After the success of Disney XD's animated shows, that tie into the movies in interesting and innovative ways, there's no question that the Star Wars galaxy is home to a plethora of stories that haven't yet been told.

A live action show could it be set in the distant past, like the popular game Knights of the Old Republic, or maybe an Adventures Of Ben Kenobi series would finally allow Ewan McGregor to reprise his role — as he so obviously wants to.

For a while, it even seemed like a live action show might actually happen — many fans were delighted when talks between Lucasfilm and ABC were reported a few months ago. According to ABC president Channing Dungey, these talks were very "hush-hush", but a live action TV show was a definite possibility. But you can power down your hyperdrives because it looks like the ABC show is about as likely to happen as someone who isn't Han Solo completing the Kessel Run in under 12 parsecs.

No Star Wars TV Show For Many Years

Back in August 2016, Dungey spoke about a possible deal between Lucasfilm and ABC at the Television Critics Association, when asked if ABC would ever produce a Star Wars series.

"Oh, as a fan, I would absolutely love to say ‘Yes’...The conversations with Lucas[film], 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."

Cue a million speculation articles about what this show could entail, and months of waiting to hear more details. But unfortunately, it seems our hopes were unfounded.

As Wired argue, Lucasfilm will be making 'Star Wars' movies long after we're all dead. [Credit: Wired]
As Wired argue, Lucasfilm will be making 'Star Wars' movies long after we're all dead. [Credit: Wired]

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Dungey has gone back on her previous comments, saying that this was all blown way out of proportion and a Star Wars show isn't in the works after all.

"We have had some conversations in general about wanting to find a way to bring something from the Lucas[film] 'Star Wars' Universe to ABC, but that’s far into the future. The focus at the moment for Lucas[film] is on the current stuff that they’re doing on the film side and then, of course, they do have the stuff that they are doing on XD."

Aside from proving that whenever we read (Disney) XD it will always look like a grinning emoticon, Dungey's comments also shoot that Star Wars show down like so many X-Wings over Scarif.

The Battle of Scarif was pretty gosh darn epic. [Credit: Lucasfilm]
The Battle of Scarif was pretty gosh darn epic. [Credit: Lucasfilm]

Having said that, it's not all over yet, and with the rate of the Star Wars franchise's expansion it seems impossible that we won't someday see that shining Lucasfilm symbol on our TV sets (or, y'know, laptop screens). Star Wars is intent on taking over the world and we should rest assured that Lucasfilm has plans for live action TV — but with their movies continuing to break the box office, comics flying off the shelves, and animated shows just getting better, live action TV isn't at the top of the priorities list.


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[Source: Entertainment Weekly]


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