That live-action ‘Star Wars’ TV show isn’t happening any time soon

09.14.16 1 year ago

The long-teased live-action Star Wars television show has just gotten an update, of sorts, from Disney/ABC TV's Ben Sherwood.

Talk of a Star Wars TV show started long before Disney purchased Lucasfilm, but it likely won't be stopping any time soon because people can't get enough Star Wars.

It's so far only been known as Star Wars: Underworld and was theoretically meant to take place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. Since then we've had two fantastic animated series – Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels – which take place during that time (Clone Wars a bit earlier).

In a larger interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Disney/ABC TV's Sherwood was asked about the status of the series. He said:

The live-action Star Wars plan rests in the hands of [Walt Disney Studios chairman] Alan Horn, [Lucasfilm president] Kathy Kennedy and the great folks at Lucasfilm. Somewhere we hope in a galaxy not too far away there will be a television show that will air on one of our networks. But I wouldn't get anybody's hopes up too high. They have a lot of movies to make between now and then. We are deep into a very productive relationship with Lucasfilm making [Disney XD's] Star Wars Rebels. And we are in ongoing conversations with them on what is the next Star Wars animated show.

Lucasfilm is pretty busy with their Star Wars films at the moment, sure, but not any busier than Marvel is with their slate of superhero films plus several TV shows. I think a Star Wars show is certainly feasible and would hold a lot of interest but would need a lot of reworking considering all that's happened over the last few years. But it doesn't seem to be a high priority for them right now.

But hey, we're definitely getting another animated series after Rebels.

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