ABC is considering a plan to produce a Star Wars live-action TV series now that the Disney deal to acquire Lucasfilm is complete, according to Entertainment Weekly.
"We'd love to do something with Lucasfilm, we're not sure what yet," ABC entertainment president Paul Lee told EW.com. "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."
According to the article, the project was originally commissioned by longtime Lucasfilm producer Rick McCallum, who enlisted writers top science writers to produce scripts for the show. Fifty "provocative, bold and daring" scripts have already been written, EW.com reported.
Entertainment Weekly sources say the 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."
Part of the reason the show hasn't already been produced is the expected budget for the project. EW.com reports that show had been budgeted at more than $5 million per episode and Lucasfilm wanted to retain full ownership of the series, which dissuaded potential buyers like HBO.
Disney purchased Lucasfilm for $4 billion in December, making the potential production of the show on one of the Disney-owned networks slightly more feasible.
Whether or not the TV show will ever be produced could be tethered to another Star Wars projects that's already in the works. Star Wars film is planned for 2015 and speculation is that "brand managers are sometimes reluctant to have a live-action TV show on the air when producing live-action films," according to the article.
In the end, though, it seems as though the future of the series is largely going to remain in the court of Lucasfilm brands.
"It's going to be very much up to the Lucasfilm brands how they want to play it," Lee said. "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."