ABC and Lucasfilm still only in early talks phase for a Star Wars live-action series
With all of the recent discussion and speculation about the Rick McCallum-produced live-action Star Wars television series, it’s no surprise that someone would ask Disney-owned ABC if they have anything of their own in development. ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey says there are very much still ongoing talks between the network and Lucasfilm but nothing yet set in stone.
The conversations with Lucas, 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.
Dungey goes on to say there is no timeline in place for the project they have in mind but it is interesting to note that ABC has recently cancelled Agent Carter as well as passed on other Marvel television properties, possibly to make room for Star Wars. Some things that we do have a timeline for are the Han Solo anthology film coming in 2018 and Star Wars Land at Disney Parks in 2019. A new ABC series in talks now could reflect or focus on ether of those things.
When asked whether the series would be live-action, Dungey couldn’t say, but Lucasfilm and Disney have been talking about a live-action series since Disney acquired the IP in 2012. Fifty scripts have been completed for the live action series Lucas and McCallum were working on set in the Coruscant underworld, and we know that Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy is absolutely mining those scripts for ideas.
Could this ABC series be the revival of Star Wars Underworld or something completely new?