The concept of a “Star Wars” live-action TV show has been on the drawing board for long, long time.
In fact, there was actually a project commissioned by Lucas Film producer Rick McCallum years ago, which gathered the best science fictions in the industry including “Battlestar Galactica’s” Ron Moore.
The proposed storyline of the series would center on the adventures of families who struggled to survive the underbelly of the “Star Wars” universe.
Set in the subterranean level of the metropolis planet of Coruscant, the story’s timeline was set between the original “Star Wars” film trilogy and the prequels that would follow.
By adopting this story arc, the highly-anticipated “Star Wars” live-action TV show had the potential of allowing classic figures to pop up anytime during the program’s run, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Things seemed to be proceeding as planned, as 50 different scripts were developed by Moore and his team.
McCallum was so overwhelmed with the output of his writers that he described their body of work as the most “provocative, bold, and daring material that we’ve ever done.”
Unfortunately, the program didn’t see the light of day, as the project turned out to be too costly.
Even HBO didn’t seem keen on producing the “Star Wars” live-action TV show, as there wasn’t “enough ownership stake available.”
But ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey believes that the show has the potential to be a hit.
When she was asked last month during the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour in Beverly Hills whether she was still interested in developing a primetime live-action series on the sci-fi classic, she bared there were already discussions to turn that vision into reality.
“The conversations with Lucas, we have had conversations with them and will continue to have conversations with them,” Dungey said. “I think it would be wonderful if we could find a way to extend that brand into our programming.”
In July 2015, Cinelinx speculated that Netflix was not only developing one “Star Wars” series but three.
The site also reported that Disney wanted to make the “Star Wars” live-action TV show in between movie productions so that they could utilize the same sets.