Lucasfilm and ABC developing a live action Star Wars TV show?
ABC have already brought the Marvel franchise to the small screen with shows like Agents Of SHIELD and now it looks as if the Disney-owned Star Wars franchise may be getting the same treatment. Deadline has reported that talks are underway between ABC and Lucasfilm to develop a live-action Star Wars TV show.
Speaking at a Television Critics Association panel today, ABC entertainment president Channing Dungey discussed the possibilities.
"As a fan, I would absolutely love to say yes. We have had conversations, and we will continue to have conversations with Lucasfilm. It would be wonderful to extend the franchise." - ABC
When pushed for more details at the end of the panel, Dungey added...
"“It’s all a little bit hush-hush. That company exists under a big shroud of secrecy. If you feel Marvel is secretive, Lucas takes it to a whole ‘nother level. They are ongoing. We don’t have an official timeline yet." - ABC
Nothing concrete then, but that comment will certainly fuel the fire that the Star Wars franchise will develop on the small screen outside of animated shows like the popular Star Wars Rebels. Of course Star Wars creator George Lucas famously tried to develop a 100-episode Star Wars: Underworld TV series several years ago before he sold Lucasfilm to Disney. In December, Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy confirmed that they were still looking at those scripts.
Given the expanding scope of the Star Wars franchise and the fact that Star Wars: The Force Awakens abandoned George Lucas's ideas, any live action TV show would likely be a fresh concept.
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