Friday, January 22, 2016

Report: No Current Plans For Live-Action Star Wars On TV

By: Benjamin Hart

For years we've heard about the "Star Wars: Underworld" live action television series and wondered if and when it would ever see the light of day. It was way back in 2005, prior to the release of Revenge Of The Sith, that George Lucas himself announced that he was overseeing the development of the series. Years have passed and the series was subsequently shelved, but Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012 presented some hope that the series may still be made a reality. Unfortunately a new report has seemingly confirmed that, despite some recent positive comments by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, the Underworld series, and any potential live action Star Wars TV series, will remain shelved for the time being. TV Line recently spoke with Paul Lee, president of the Disney owned ABC network. On Lucasfilm's overall strategy for storytelling he had this to say:

"They are focused on their movies, so we don’t have any plans at the moment.”

Additionally, TV Line contacted an anonymous Lucasfilm source who agreed:

“Our current focus for TV is on animation [Star Wars Rebels, etc.].”

I suppose it is commendable that Lucasfilm is trying to stay focused on their current projects rather than trying to produce as much Star Wars content as possible on all fronts. As we speculated in the latest SWU Podcast, it's plausible that when the time comes for a new live-action series to be put into production, Lucasfilm could cease production of feature films for a time in order to shift focus. While I am have the opinion that there is no such thing as too much Star Wars, overwhelming the general public with Star Wars content might be something they'll want to avoid. But all we can do is speculate for now until Underworld gets the greenlight sometime in the future.

In the meantime, there's absolutely no shortage of Star Wars with various books, comics, an animated series and a film every year. As Star Wars fans, we've got nothing to complain about.

Source: TV Line
Via: Comic Book Resources

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