The Star Wars franchise is chugging along for Lucasfilm and Parent company Disney, but Disney Media Networks Co-Chairman and Disney-ABC Television President Ben Sherwood cautions fans not to get their hopes up about a live-action “Star Wars” television series.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Sherwood says the “’Star Wars; plan rests in the hands of Alan Horn and Kathy Kennedy” — respectively the chairman of Walt Disney Studios and the President of Lucasfilm. “Somewhere we hope in a galaxy not too far away there will be a television show that will air on one of our networks.
“But I wouldn’t get anybody’s hopes up too high,” he cautioned. “They have a lot of movies to make between now and then.”
While this doesn’t close the door entirely on a live-action series, it does suggest that its development is a fair way off, as the “Star Wars” franchise has a full production slate at the moment, with Episodes VIII and IX set for 2017 and 2019 respectively, and anthology films about Han Solo and Boba Fett dropping in 2018, and 2020.
Sherwood did have good news for fans of the animated corner of the Star Wars universe, however. He said ABC/Disney “are in ongoing conversations” with Lucasfilm “on what is the next ‘Star Wars’ animated show.”
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” the first film in the anthology series, releases December 16. Season 3 of “Star Wars Rebels” premieres September 24 on the Disney XD.
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