At the recent Television Critics Association?s semi-annual press tour in Beverly Hills, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey confirmed that the network is in talks with Lucasfilm for a possible primetime Star Wars TV series.
According to Variety, Dungey has said, ??As a fan, I would absolutely love to say yes. 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.?
Dungey said though, that there?s nothing official yet in the works in terms of a series. ?It?s all a bit hush-hush. That company exists under a big shroud of secrecy. If you feel Marvel is secretive, Lucas takes it to a whole other level,? she admitted. She said that while talks are ongoing, there is no official timeline yet.
The idea of a TV series has been in the works for a long time. According to Entertainment Weekly, a project was commissioned years ago by longtime producer Rick McCallum. 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. This TV series idea has a bounty hunter as a main character, and is set between the original Star Wars film trilogy and the prequels, allowing potential appearances of classic figures from the Star Wars universe. Unfortunately, the project was deemed too expensive for any broadcast or basic cable network.
ABC faces the same hurdle of McCallum?s project though, that of cost. As fans have grown used to the movies, they expect nothing less than the level of production ?and spectacle that far exceeds broadcast TV shows.
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