There’s still hope for that long-discussed “Star Wars” live-action TV series
ABC President Channing Dungey said talks are ongoing between the network and Lucasfilm — both Disney subsidiaries — to bring a galaxy far, far away to broadcast television.
“As a fan I would absolutely love to say yes,” she said Thursday during the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour. “We have had conversations with [Lucasfilm] and we will continue to have conversations with them. I think it would be wonderful if we could find a way to extend that brand onto our programming.”
Where those talks are at the moment, though, Dungey couldn’t say. “It’s all a little bit hush-hush. That company exists under a big shroud of secrecy,” she said. “If you feel Marvel is secretive, Lucas takes it to a whole other level.”
There’s been talk of a live-action “Star Wars” series for years, with Lucasfilm actually beginning development on a project commonly referred to as “Star Wars: Underworld.” Spearheaded by longtime producer Rick McCallum, the planned series would have been set between the events of “Revenge of the Sith” and “A New Hope,” and focus on the criminal underworld of Coruscant. However, the series was shelved in 2010 because it was determined to be too expensive to produce (reportedly in the neighborhood of $5 million per episode, on par with HBO’s “Game of Thrones”).
Since Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm in 2012, it’s been periodically suggested “Underworld” or a similar project could land at ABC, but both Dungey’s predecessor Paul Lee and an anonymous Lucasfilm representative shot down the possibility early this year.
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