Rumor: Live-Action 'Star Wars' Series On the Way to Your TV

Tuesday, 24 March 2015 13:53 Written by  iamrogue
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Rumor: Live-Action 'Star Wars' Series On the Way to Your TV

A live-action Star Wars television series has been rumored, in one form or another, for years and years, going back well before Disney bought Lucasfilm outright.

With Disney doubling down on Star Wars in a huge way, planning a new movie every single year starting this December, is today's rumor of a new show about intergalactic civil war any surprise?

It only stands to reason that along with annual movies, a whole new expanded universe of comics, novels, and animated shows like the current Star Wars: Rebels, a live-action show would be in the pipeline.  After all, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the model for this era of Star Wars, and Marvel (also owned by Disney) has Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, and a slew of upcoming Netflix series staring with next month's Daredevil.

So it's with absolutely no shock that we report the rumor of a show set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.  According to Cinelinx, Lucasfilm is indeed developing a live-action series set in the Star Wars universe, one that would actually shoot on the existing sets built for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, its sequels, and spinoffs.  So it would effectively turn the stages at Pinewood into a year-round Star Wars factory.

And that's reportedly why the rumored show is in a "holding pattern."  Until Lucasfilm irons out the shooting schedules of the upcoming trilogy and standalone films like next year's Rogue One, the television series can't proceed. 

Cinelinx speculates that 2017 is the soonest we'll see the show.  That's a reasonable guess; Star Wars: Episode VIII is set to open in May 2017 and by then, Disney ought to have its Star Wars machine running smoothly.

What the show would actually be about is a mystery.  For years, George Lucas was planning a live-action show of his own, one that would take place in the seedy underbelly of the Star Wars universe, a place populated by bounty hunters, Hutts, mercenaries, and all manner of unscrupulous types.

Lucas actually commissioned many a genre writer to create stories for close to 100 episodes of the top-secret series.  Knowing that the show would require a whole lot of visual effects that were, at the time, simply too expensive, the Flanneled One put the show on the shelf until CGI was less cost-prohibitive.  Now that Kathleen Kennedy is calling the shots at Lucasfilm, it sounds like she's well on her way to realizing Lucas' vision of a live-action Star Wars show on the small screen.  But will be a rejiggered version of the series Lucas was developing or an entirely different show?

Or will it take its cues from the notorious Star Wars Holiday Special, the one that followed Han Solo and Chewbacca to Kashyyk for a visit with Chewie's family?

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