The previously planned live action Star Wars series may find new life on ABC after network president Paul Lee revealed plans to take a look at the project.
During the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, Entertainment Weekly spoke with ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee about the potential of reviving the live action Star Wars TV series following the sale of LucasFilm to Disney, which also owns the network.
Although Lee revealed that ABC would love to work with LucasFilm, the network hasn’t decided on a project.
“We haven’t even sat down with them,” Lee told EW. “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.”
Lee also revealed that the project would depend on the vision that the now Disney-owned LucasFilm has for the Star Wars franchise.
Although a live action Star Wars TV series gained momentum in 2005 when producer Rick McCallum revealed that LucasFilm was indeed developing the project, fans instead received the 3D CGI animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars in 2008.
However, that was then and Disney now owns LucasFilm. Upon the sale of the company to Disney for $4 billion back in October, fans learned that three new Star Wars feature films would be made.
Interestingly, Paul Lee revealed that although a Star Wars series will be part of the conversation with LucasFilm, it could take a different direction to make it work.
“We got to a point here with Marvel,” Lee continued to EW, “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.”
From where we sit, just get it done already!
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