The two concepts of Star Wars and television seem like they would be made for each other, yet, outside of a weird, live-action Christmas special and a few animated series, Star Wars has oddly veered away from the realm of television. Initially there were animated series in Ewoks and Droids, neither one seeing much in the way of success (although they were oddly charming), then later there were the computer-animated Clone Wars and Rebels. Out of all of those, Rebels is perhaps the only one that should have been made, which paints a rather drab picture for Star Wars on the small screen.
ABC’s Ben Sherwood spoke with THR about what was to come and the topic of Star Wars came up. What exactly was ABC’s plans to do with Star Wars, would there be a live action series finally, or would they stick to animated?
“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.”
So it sounds like as long as Disney has ideas for live-action Star Wars stories they will keep those as films, while television will be animated… For now. It at least seems like there will be another animated Star Wars series, which could be good, could be bad, or could just be there.