Back in June 2011, producer Rick McCallum revealed that the proposed live-action Star Wars TV series was on hold for at least three years, because of its growing budget. Today, ABC entertainment president Paul Lee revealed that the network is considering reviving the show.
"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 live-action series], we're going to look at all of them, and see what's right. We weren't able to discuss this with them until [the acquisition] closed and it just closed. It's definitely going to be part of the conversation."
An ABC-produced series would make sense, since the network is owned by Disney, which now owns LucasFilm and all of its properties. Rick McCallum commissioned over 50 scripts for the show, which was described last year by the producer as "Deadwood in space." Writers such as Battlestar Galactica creator Ronald D. Moore churned out the scripts, although no network would bite due to the high price tag of $5 million per episode.
While the live-action show may end up happening, it is a tricky venture with the highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII slated for release in 2015. Paul Lee spoke about how their strategy for the show may mirror their plan for Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D., set within the Marvel's The Avengers universe.
"It's going to be very much up to the Lucasfilm brands how they want to play it. We got to a point here with Marvel, a very special point, where we're in the Marvel universe, and very relevantly so, but we're not doing The Avengers. But S.H.I.E.L.D. is part of The Avengers. So maybe something oblique is the way to [approach the Star Wars universe] rather than going straight head-on at it."
Unidentified sources claim that the Star Wars live-action series centers on rival families battling for control of the underworld in this universe. The show is reportedly set between Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. This live-action project is not to be confused with Star Wars Detours, an animated comedy series that explores the lighter side of this galaxy far, far, away.