‘Star Wars’: ABC In Talks to Develop TV Series

There have been rumors for years about a ‘Star Wars’ TV series and now it might actually happen….

The expansion of the ‘Star Wars’ universe under Disney may finally reach live action television.

ABC executive Channing Dungey revealed recently that talks between the network and Lucasfilm have gotten underway to potentially develop a TV series for the network. Obviously the talks are very much in the preliminary stages, but the fact that a high ranking ABC executive acknowledged the possibility is still huge news.

“Oh, as a fan, I would absolutely love to say ‘Yes,’” Dungey said. “The conversations with Lucasfilm, we have had conversations with them and will continue to have conversations with them. I think it would be wonderful if we could find a way to extend that brand into our programming.”

It must be noted that ABC is owned and operated by Disney — the same company who owns the rights to Lucasfilm and the ‘Star Wars’ universe.

Dungey expanded on her earlier comments while also stating that secrecy is a big part of the deals getting done so there probably won’t be a lot of details about a potential ‘Star Wars’ TV series until development is underway.

“It’s all a little bit hush-hush,” Dungey said. “That company exists under a big shroud of secrecy. If you feel Marvel’s secretive, [Lucasfilm] takes it to a whole other level. [Talks] are ongoing. We don’t have an official timeline yet.”

Lucasfilm already has a popular cartoon series called ‘Star Wars Rebels’, which airs on Disney XD as well as a Lego ‘Star Wars’ series on the same network.

A live action ‘Star Wars’ series has been talked about in the past with Lucasfilm producer Rick McCallum leading the charge with a story about warring families on the planet Coruscant, which has served as home to both the Old Republic as well as the Galactic Empire. The show never came to fruition due to the high cost of producing a live action ‘Star Wars’ series.

The same problems could plague a new ‘Star Wars’ show as well, considering the high standards fans expect out of this universe but TV has come a long way over the past couple of decades in terms of CGI and effects used on television.

For now, ABC will continue talks with Lucasfilm about a possible ‘Star Wars’ series until somebody comes up with the right idea and story that will translate from the page to the small screen.

H/T: EW

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