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Star Wars Live-Action TV Show Talks Happening at ABC

By Brian Gallagher — August 4th, 2016

Long before George Lucas sold LucasFilm to Disney, the filmmaker teased that he had over 50 hours of scripts ready for a live action TV series. But that never came to fruition. Over the last few years, there have been rumors of either ABC or Netflix moving forward with this Star Wars show, but nothing has ever been confirmed. Earlier today, ABC held their TCA summer tour presentation, where it was further teased that this TV show may have some life yet.

ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey was asked about this Star Wars TV series at the panel, and it seems that there are ongoing talks between the network and LucasFilm. Naturally, no details about the series was given, but Entertainment Weekly reports that Channing Dungey would love to put a Star Wars show on the air. Here's what she had to say at the TCA panel.

"Oh, as a fan, I would absolutely love to say 'Yes.' The conversations with Lucas, we have had conversations with them and will continue to have conversations with them. I think it would be wonderful if we could find a way to extend that brand into our programming."

While Channing Dungey wouldn't confirm if this unspecified project will be live-action or animation, it is believed to be live-action, since Disney already has Star Wars: Rebels airing on Disney XD. The series that George Lucas had been working on for years before the Disney/LucasFilm sale was entitled Star Wars: Underworld, with writers such as Battlestar Galactica creator Ronald D. Moore and many more working on the scripts. While we don't know for sure if this is the same series that ABC is in talks for, Channing Dungey did say that Lucasfilm is much more secretive than Marvel, while hinting that talks are ongoing.

"It's all a little bit hush-hush. That company exists under a big shroud of secrecy. If you feel Marvel's secretive, [Lucasfilm] takes it to a whole other level ... [Talks] are ongoing. We don't have an official timeline yet."

Back in December, Kathleen Kennedy said LucasFilm has been exploring the series George Lucas was working on before selling the company, along with the shelved video game Star Wars 1313. The last we heard on this project was just a month ago, when a report teased the show would have set up an origin story for the nefarious Emperor Palpatine giving him a romance and a reason for his deep anger. Stay tuned for more on this Star Wars TV series as soon as more details come in.

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