When Disney bought Lucasfilm and the “Star Wars” franchise, the possibility of a live-action series based on the moves came closer to a reality. It is actually happening, though?
According to Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment, it’s a discussion that’s being had.
“As a fan, I would absolutely love to say yes [to a series],” she admits during the 2016 TCA summer press tour. “The conversations with Lucas, we have had conversations with them and we’ll 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.”
As with everything involving “Star Wars” though, there’s really not much to say beyond that at some point. After all, even the cast of the original “Star Wars” films are continually shocked by the secrecy that surrounds the franchise.
“It’s all a little bit hush-hush, that company exists under a big shroud of secrecy,” Dungey teases. “If you feel Marvel is secretive, Lucas takes it to a whole other level.”
So, there you have it. Dungey says there is no timeline for when a series will happen — or what form it’ll be, whether live-action or animated. Discussions between ABC and Lucasfilm are ongoing, though. Given Marvel’s success in TV, for the most part, it’s only a matter of time until televised lightsaber battles are a reality.
Hopefully whatever they’re working on ends up being a live-action. The animated world of “Star Wars” is already alive and well with “Star Wars Rebels” and “LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures” on DisneyXD.
As for who the show would center on, common sense says it would be developed around a new character or set of characters. Getting the stars from the movies to spin off onto a TV show may be a bit difficult, especially when you consider that Lucasfilm isn’t going to simply stop making movies anytime soon. However, it’s clear from “Rebels,” “Freemaker” and the upcoming film “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” that Disney is very interested in creating new characters for the universe.
So don’t get your hopes up too high about a Boba Fett show or a series about the antics of teen Luke Skywalker on Tatooine. That’s something they can do on the big screen.
Additional reporting by Andrea Reiher.