Ever since Disney acquired Lucasfilm, it seemed inevitable that a STAR WARS live-action TV series would be just around the corner. By its concept alone, STAR WARS is the type of property that lends itself to the serialization inherent in TV, as the first film was inspired by the old FLASH GORDON serials. Of course, perhaps the biggest problem in having a live-action STAR WARS series is the budget. These films have always been blockbusters, and by reducing the stories to a TV budget, are you, in fact, losing something? It's no wonder this idea hasn't really gained traction over at Disney, but that's not to say it's completely off the table.
During an executive panel at TCA, the question was asked if we could ever expect STAR WARS to hit network TV. ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said the following:
“As a fan, I would absolutely love to say yes. We have had conversations, and we will continue to have conversations with Lucasfilm. It would be wonderful to extend the franchise.”
Last year, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS proved there was plenty of hunger out there for more STAR WARS. In addition, their animated series, STAR WARS REBELS, seems only to gain traction and respect with every season. To top it all off, Disney is in the process of constructing their STAR WARS-branded attractions to their theme parks. One can't imagine that TV isn't a part of this equation to saturate pop culture even further. That being said, it doesn't sound like there are any solid talks with ABC at this point -- just some rustling in the bushes.
Netflix fans can perhaps takes this to heart a bit. While a STAR WARS series would thrive on network TV, there are many fans who would rather see it on the popular streaming service, wherein the story could take center stage above all else. Such an approach would also allow for the series to take as many episodes as it needs to tell the story, and it could do so with a higher budget and more liberal schedule -- one that's less apt to cheapen the brand of the I.P.
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ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY hits theaters on December 16, 2016.
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