By: Dominic Jones
Talk of a live action Star Wars TV series can be traced as far back as 2005 when George Lucas mentioned that a series set between Episodes III and IV was in the works. Since then the project has been in limbo, with over fifty scripts having been written but never produced. When Disney took over, there was immediate speculation about whether or not they would be interested in producing a a live action Star Wars series and ABC president Paul Lee said he was interested in having one on the network.
Today, amidst all the rumors and speculation about JJ Abrams possibly returning to direct Episode IX, our friends over at MakingStarWars.net dropped a quick mention about things heating up behind the scenes on a new Star Wars TV series. According to MSW, "my source also mentioned that a television series based in the Star Wars universe like Marvel’s Agents of Shield is ramping up a bit. I assume they don’t mean the premise is like Agents of Shield."
It doesn't sound like this would be the same series Lucas was talking about for years. That show, which had the working title Underworld, sounded like it may be too dark for the likes of ABC and would be better suited somewhere like HBO (or Netflix).
The Agents of SHIELD comparison is an interesting one. It leads me to think that this would be a film set in the sequel trilogy era that, while it won't have the same stars as the film, will tell the story of some of what's going on between the films and could, in theory, interact with the films in some (small) way.
As always this is just a rumor until confirmed or denied by Lucasfilm or Disney.
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