Star Wars Is Making A Long Overdue Return To Live Action TV
When Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, most expected to see a Star Wars universe in the same vein as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, one heavy on sequels, spin-offs, and even some TV series. While the sequels and spin-offs are already chugging along, the TV aspect of this deal has yet to yield anything along the lines of Marvel’s TV successes. As of now, there are two animated Star Wars series on the air (Star Wars Rebels, Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures), but ABC network president Channing Dungey says the franchise may be on the brink of its first live action TV series.
During a panel at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, Dungey confirmed that the possibility of a live action Star Wars series is a priority, if not a certainty. “As a fan, I would absolutely love to say yes,” she began. “We have had conversations with [Lucasfilm] and we will continue to have conversations with them. I think it would be wonderful if we could find a way to extend that brand onto our programming.”
While that’s an undeniably vague tease, Variety explains that Dungey’s post-panel comments suggested she was keeping a more concrete secret. “It’s all a little bit hush-hush,” she said. “That company exists under a big shroud of secrecy. If you feel Marvel is secretive, Lucas takes it to a whole other level. [Talks] are ongoing. We don’t really have an official timeline yet.”
In other words, a show’s on the way, but we won’t know more for a while. In the meantime, if you have three hours to spare, feel free to enjoy two of Lucasfilm’s previous forays into live action TV—Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure and Ewoks: The Battle for Endor—below.