It seems like every other year that we hear about a potential Star Wars TV series, but nothing ever comes out of it. But now with Disney’s acquisition of Lucas Film closed for good, it appears that the possibility of this show becoming a reality is just a few steps shy.
Initially, Rick McCallum, the producer for the show, said there were fifty one-hour scripts completed and ready to go, but they never went into production because it would take about five million dollars to make a single episode and Lucasfilm wanted a small cut of the profit. So…if we do the math correctly, it’d be about 250 million if they ordered all fifty episodes, plus whatever they owed Lucasfilm…and nobody has that kind of money.
Unless you’re Disney.
The president of ABC, Paul Lee, is evidently interested in taking on this project, considering the network would then have two potential monster shows in The S.H.I.E.L.D. and a Star Wars live action series, but he’s slow playing his hand at the moment and will be mulling over the scripts with his people. He’s given a statement about how difficult the process will be since a new Star Wars movie is slated to hit the theaters in 2015 and trying to contain the same universe within two mediums will be tricky. By comparison, he said while the S.H.I.E.L.D. series takes place in the same universe as the Avengers, they’re not doing an Avengers series so there are less conflicts do deal with for the network. It’s a valid point, but the Star Wars series will be taking place in the twenty years span between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, with the focus on characters that aren’t part of the main cast…so I don’t think they’ll run into too many problems there. Plus, the Star Wars canon is pretty convoluted as it is that it seems unlikely they could do worse.
Personally, I would like it if this show finally came to fruition. It would mean that we’re THAT much closer to getting a cross-over movie between Marvel and Star Wars, the one where Luke Skywalker recruits the Avengers to fight what remains of the evil empire and grab galactic shawarmas after the credits.
Written by Daniel Lee