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ABC show interest in live-action Star Wars series

January 11th, 2013 by Marc Comments

ABC have expressed an interest in bringing the planned Star Wars live-action series to the small screen.

Entertainment president Paul Lee told EW his company would “love to do something with Lucasfilm”, but that they’re not sure what yet.

“We haven’t even sat down with them.” he said. “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.”

Lee said there were no guarantees of the series going forward on ABC and added that it would be tricky to juggle a television show and a feature film franchise set within the same universe.

He continued: “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.”

From what we know, thanks to previous interviews by former Lucasfilm producer Rick McCallum, there are 50 one-hour scripts written and ready to go, penned by writers like Battlestar Galactica’s Ronald D. Moore. Each episode was budgeted at around $5 million which had let to the company putting the project on the back burner.

The stories take place in the 20-year period between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, but the focus of the series is on characters other than the main cast from the films.

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….