No Current Plans For Live-Action Star Wars TV Series

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While a Star Wars TV series may seem like a natural progression to the fans, especially with the previously-developed Star Wars Underworld looming in the background, it doesn't sound like anything is being actively developed at the moment.

"They are focused on their movies, so we don't have any plans at the moment," ABC president Paul Lee told TVLine in regards to Star Wars.

The focus, then for Star Wars on TV is currently Star Wars Rebels, a series in the middle of its second season and already renewed for a third. That series, taking place in-between the eras of the first two trilogies, has woven characters new and old, including this week's appearance by Princess Leia, onto the show. Being animated gives them the liberty of more easily revisiting characters from early moments in their lives.

Now, technically, Lee was only speaking for ABC. There are also recurring rumors that Netflix could work on a Star Wars live-action series with Disney, and surely their working relationship between Netflix and Marvel has been working nicely for all involved. The nature of Lucasfilm, as well, is one of no asset ever truly going away, so Underworld could show up - at least partially - in other projects. Some of the assets developed by the defunct LucasArts games branch were used on The Clone Wars, and planned to be used for Underworld, for example.

For now, there's a Star Wars movie coming each year, with a side story of sorts in even years and a new episodic film in odd years. Star Wars Rebels will continue on for the forseeable future, as well.

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    • _L0Bo_
    • 3197 Posts in 24 Months

    Here they go again, been waiting for a Star Wars live-action series for years and years since well, years back when Lucasfilm said there was gonna be one, all this Netflex talk got me real excited again and now they have taken the carrot away yet again ugh, well I reckon he was talking more than just ABC myself, fingers crossed he ain't then....

    Could never understand for years why we had all this live-action Trek stuff and no Star Wars, bit like why WB didn't make a DCEU years back way before MCU. Personally always thought way back then they could have started up a decade before all that.

    The waiting game sucks lol.

    • DonSolo
    • 56 Posts in 25 Months

    _L0Bo_ said ... (original post)

    Here they go again, been waiting for a Star Wars live-action series for years and years since well, years back when Lucasfilm said there was gonna be one, all this Netflex talk got me real excited again and now they have taken the carrot away yet again ugh, well I reckon he was talking more than just ABC myself, fingers crossed he ain't then....

    Could never understand for years why we had all this live-action Trek stuff and no Star Wars, bit like why WB didn't make a DCEU years back way before MCU. Personally always thought way back then they could have started up a decade before all that.

    The waiting game sucks lol.

    He can't speak for more than just ABC, he's the president of ABC. I think something will happen on Netflix.

    • Ryus
    • 367 Posts in 27 Months

    ABC is the wrong venue anyways. They're just too cheap to do a Star Wars series right, at least until there's 10 more movies under Disney's belt and they have tons of extra props... and even then their CGI usage is always so poorly done. Further I can't blame Lucasfilm for not focusing too much on a TV show as odds are it will be sequel related and no show runners could write it until at least episode 8 if not 9 is out.

    • MaxB
    • 171 Posts in 28 Months

    Ryus said ... (original post)

    ABC is the wrong venue anyways. They're just too cheap to do a Star Wars series right, at least until there's 10 more movies under Disney's belt and they have tons of extra props... and even then their CGI usage is always so poorly done. Further I can't blame Lucasfilm for not focusing too much on a TV show as odds are it will be sequel related and no show runners could write it until at least episode 8 if not 9 is out.

    i disagree, ABC work on AOS as been on top of all comics related tv shows, be it CGI, props or just plain casting. Just compare the last season of Arrow and AOS.. no brainer.

    for the record im not marvel fanboy over DC, i love both equally the more the meriers right, i just really think they should fire the writers on Arrow, Flash is fine, and too soon to say anything for sure about LoT.

    • CB120342
    • 47 Posts in 11 Months

    The premise of Star Wars Underworld sounds very interesting to me. I hope that series, or some iteration of it, actually gets made one day. I've always liked mob stories and I feel that's a rich area of the universe briefly touched on in the films that could really be explored more deeply.

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