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The long-discussed Star Wars live-action television series, which many fans feared would never see the light of day, could have a future on ABC now that Lucasfilm is part of the Disney family.
“We’d love to do something with Lucasfilm, we’re not sure what yet,” Paul Lee, president of ABC Entertainment Group, tells Entertainment Weekly. “We haven’t even sat down with them. 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.”
Of course, devotees know that longtime George Lucas collaborator Rick McCallum worked on planned TV series dubbed Star Wars: Underworld that was to take place between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope and show the rise of the Empire. It might focus on a bounty hunter on Coruscant and rival families, but none of that has been officially confirmed. In June 2011, McCallum said they had 50 third-draft scripts that were being put on hold because they’d be too costly to film. There was even a rumor that the series would involve time travel. Other talk centered on the upcoming video game Star Wars 1313, which took some of its cues and designs developed for the show as its structure and groundwork.
Underworld was estimated to cost about $5 million an episode, putting it in the same realm as Game of Thrones, EW points out. Previously, that number was too high, but now that Disney owns Lucasfilm and has significantly more resources, it seems like more of a possibility that the project could become reality.
It’s important to remember that ABC is in very, very early talks with Lucasfilm about a TV series, and even if they do move forward with the idea, it won’t necessarily be Underworld. But, man, wouldn’t it be cool if it did happen?