A long time ago, in a Skywalker Ranch far, far away, plans were discussed and scripts were written for a live action Star Wars TV Series. However, due to the prohibitive production costs, which would have been a gargantuan $5 million per episode, the project was grounded faster than an out-of-service Millennium Falcon, and the scripts were left to gather dust on the shelf.
That could all be about to change though. After Disney's recent acquisition of LucasFilm, ABC are lookng to breath fresh life into this long gestating project. Speaking to EW, ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee revealed:
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.
One of the reasons that the television episodes were originally priced at $5 million a pop was due to the price the television studio would have to pay LucasFilm for the rights to make the show. Now that Disney owns both ABC and the rights to the Star Wars universe, these costs have come down.
Sources say the live-action series centers on 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.
Focusing on the seedy underworld of Coruscant would be a really interesting direction for the show to take. Can you imagine a Star Wars show that has a similar tone to The Wire or The Sopranos, but with lightsabers and droids? It could be the greatest thing ever seen on television. Please ABC, make it happen!
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