Now that the big Lucasfilm deal has closed, the honchos at Disney-owned TV network ABC are to sit down and look at the TV projects in the Lucas pipeline, decide what they might do with them.
We know there’s already a well-developed TV series, something with whole binders full of scripts but apparently quite expensive to produce. Rick McCallum was grilled about it for years.
ABC’s Paul Lee has told EW that he’s going to consider this oft-discussed show, amongst other options of how to best get Star Wars onto TV.
Now, I’ve known for so long that Battlestar Galactica‘s Ron Moore was involved in the Star Wars TV show and that I wasn’t meant to tell anyone it just seems odd to see EW toss this info casually into their story. Maybe it became public knowledge while I was napping. Have… any other writers been named while I wasn’t looking?
The project was commissioned by longtime Lucasfilm producer Rick McCallum, who enlisted writers such as Battlestar Galactica‘s Ron Moore and swore them to NDA secrecy on the plot details… 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. The time period allows for all sorts of potential appearances from classic figures from the Star Wars universe.
Much of the material developed for the show is reflected in the setting, designs and even characters of the upcoming Star Wars: 1313 videogame. It’s a 1313 image at the top of this story.
I wouldn’t guess the videogame’s cannibalism will be too much of a problem, but more likely to cause some issues are the new feature films. These most likely wouldn’t have been conceived when the TV show was in active development, and there could be some clash in the material. Potentially. Lee thinks it comes down to how Lucasfilm want to position these separate pieces on the board:
We got to a point here with Marvel, a very special point, where we’re in the Marvel universe, and very relevantly so, but we’re not doing The Avengers. But S.H.I.E.L.D. is part of The Avengers. So maybe something oblique is the way to [approach the Star Wars universe] rather than going straight head-on at it.
If SHIELD shows that a movie-TV crossover can work, and I’d expect it will, then I think we can bank on lots of Star Wars TV coming our way. Rejoice?