Star Wars live-action TV series could happen at ABC; BSG's Ron Moore wrote some of the scripts
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Star Wars: Underworld could rise after all...
Now that Disney has finalised its deal to buy Lucasfilm and Star Wars, Disney's television subsidiary ABC is going to look at potential ways to work with the brand, including possibly getting the long-in-development Star Wars live-action TV series made, EW reports. It seems like Rick McCallum's Sith Lord-like patience may finally start to pay off. According to ABC entertainment president Paul Lee:
"We'd love to do something with Lucasfilm, we're not sure what yet. We haven't even sat down with them. We're going to look at [the Star Wars live-action TV series], we're going to look at all of them, and see what's right. We weren't even able to discuss this with them until [the deal] closed and it just closed. It's definitely going to be part of the conversation."
Not only that, but it's also been announced that some of the 50 completed episode scripts that producer Rick McCallum has previously mentioned have been written by none other than Ron Moore, of Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica fame.
The Star Wars live-action show had been put on the back-burner due to the extremely high estimated production cost (around $5 million per episode, due to the amount of CGI it would require to do visual justice to the complexity and scale of this aspect of the Star Wars universe, something Lucasfilm has always insisted on). But now that the Disney-Lucasfilm deal has gone through, ABC has given fans have a new hope of seeing the series.
Interestingly, with J.J. Abrams' Star Trek reboot taking its cues heavily from Star Wars (and also Serenity, for that matter), recent Star Trek has been influenced by Star Wars, though that compliment could now be repaid, with Star Wars perhaps taking cues from Star Trek, since Ron Moore has worked on three different Star Trek TV series (The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and a little bit of Voyager).
Producer Rick McCallum, who commissioned the show, which bears the provisional title Star Wars: Underworld, has previously described the fifty scripts as the most “provocative, bold and daring material that we’ve ever done.”
According to EW (possible vague premise description spoilers follow):
"Sources say the live-action series centers on the story of rival families struggling over control of the seedy underside of the Star Wars universe and the people who live within the subterranean level and air shafts of the metropolis planet Coruscant (the Empire's urban-sprawl-covered home planet). A bounty hunter may be the main character. Set between the original Star Wars film trilogy and the prequels, the time period allows for all sorts of potential appearances from classic figures from the Star Wars universe.”
EW went on to clarify some interesting parallels with another Star Wars project:
“If this all sounds vaguely familiar, it might be because it roughly matches the description of the upcoming Star Wars videogame 1313. In fact, sources say story materials and the designs for the TV project were used to help make the game...This creative strip-mining could arguably help the show’s chances – it’s not like Hollywood has been shy about doing crossovers between videogames and films before."
In light of these hints as to tone, it seems likely that Ron Moore would draw heavily on his work as creator and showrunner of the gritty, acclaimed Battlestar Galactica reboot. Hopefully Rick McCallum’s quote about “provocative, bold and daring material” means that his scripts will be along the lines of the complex, gripping-the-edge-of-your-seat sci-fi drama that characterised much of BSG, rather than the heavy-handedness it occasionally lapsed into.
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