Despite several talks that surround the possibility of the Star Wars franchise reaching TV screens, Disney shot down rumors and declared that the company would be focusing more on the movie franchise.
Talks of a Star Wars TV show first started when George Lucas, the original director of the film franchise, along with Rick McCallum who was his producer for the films, wanted to push Star Wars: Underworld through since 2005. However, provided that the series would need a lot of digital animation and budget to make it a great adaptation of the films, the project did not make it to the screens.
However, it was reported that “Star Wars: Underworld” already had 50 third-draft scripts which were produced by Ron Moore. Since Disney is now the rightful owner of the Star Wars franchise, the company shot down efforts to create the series and wanted to focus more on the sequel since “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” made it big in box office sales.
Network president of ABC, Paul Lee, released a statement that reads, “They [Disney] are focused on their movies, so we don’t have any plans at the moment.” His statement confirms that a Star Wars series may not happen as soon.
A Lucas film representative also said,” Our current focus for TV is on animation [Star Wars Rebels, etc.]” Interestingly so, it was also reported that Netflix found the project interesting, especially when creating a series out of the Star Wars franchise would be cheaper, and the target audience may be wider as well.
At present, Netflix announced last September that they would be streaming the Star Wars films, and that they might develop a Star Wars series this 2017.
Netflix’s Kathleen Kennedy revealed, “Interestingly enough, that’s an area we’ve spent a lot of time, reading through the material that [Lucas] developed is something we very much would like to explore.”
Will the Star Wars TV show be created by ABC or Netflix? Will the force be strong enough to make it on TV? Keep posted for updates on this possibility.