I know that there are talks of a possible Live Action Star Wars TV show out there on the net. But what if it was really true and Disney gave it the green light, would you watch it?
I know there was Clone Wars and now Rebels on XD, and they are good shows but more directed towards a younger audience. What if the amazing people at Disney decided to go full throttle on a more adult version. Not R rated but PG to PG-13, something with more grit and a little darker than Clones or Rebels.
My partner, photographer Mark Edwards and I have been toying with this idea lately. We have enlisted the help of 501st cosplayers to create some amazing concept imagery of what the show might look like. A show for fans of all ages but with an edge to it that was lacking in the last three movies. More along the lines of what the upcoming J.J. Abrams Episode VII film looks like.
Concept wise, I am thinking 8 - 10 episode seasons, kind of how the Walking Dead is formatted. they split their season up half way through and then pick it up again a few months later. Our idea would have two season's a year or you can think of it as two storylines a year. This would keep the show fresh and keep viewers coming back for more because of the variety. Each season would follow another character or characters and a new storyline from any timeline in the Star Wars universe.
I also envision each season following a similar format as the ESPN show 30 for 30 (also owned by Disney), where each season or story was directed by a different person. We all think differently and tell stories in a variety of ways. Each director shoot's things a certain way and tells the story in their own style. Some season's will be Michael Bay-esque with tons of action and special effects and others may be more character driven with intense acting and dialog. Again keeping the show fresh and not pigeonholing it into anything that would become repetitive.
By having short season's that wouldn't tie up a lot of time, you could hire the best talent in the business. Look at how the HBO show True Detective is setup, one season storylines that garner some of the top actors in Hollywood. Last season was Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, this season we have Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn. Star Wars The Secret Missions could work the exact same way, it would generate so much buzz about who was going to be in the next season and what was the story going to be about. Most actors and directors would jump at the chance to be a part of the Star Wars legacy because they know it's something that is timeless.
So I ask you the question, would you watch a prime time, serious, well produced, high caliber Star Wars television show? Not only would this be a home run for Disney and ABC if done right, but it would Keep the public's interest in the franchise in between movies. It could even have tie in's with the movies themselves, i.e. characters, storylines, locations, etc.
This could also give Disney so much more content to draw from for the future Star Wars land in their theme parks. Not to mention the merchandise component that the show would generate. Disney could dominate not only the big screen but the small screen as well for many years to come.
This could also serve as almost a trial for would be directors and producers who are looking to possibly be considered for one of the standalone films in the future. If they show success on a season of The Secret Missions TV show, then they would have a good shot at getting their own movie. This would allow the studio to be be more relaxed and confident in their choice as well as the public being excited to see more from the chosen director or producer.
The more I think about it the more it just seems like a no brainier! You have an established fan base chomping at the bit for more Star Wars, how could they not make this show? It would appeal to every generation of fan from the old trilogy fans (me) to the new generation (my friend's kids) just discovering Star Wars. The show could span any time frame and could jump around as often as it wanted too. Sounds like a home run to me, what do you think?
I ask you one last time: Would you watch a live action Star Wars TV show?
Thanks for your time I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the subject and what idea's as a viewer and fan you have about the topic in question.
All the artwork above are original creations by myself and photographers Mark Edwards and Justin Novak. Thank you to all our models credited above and please check our websites to view more of our work.