Star Wars Not Doing Live-Action TV Series at the Moment. With the Star Wars franchise reinvigorated due to the success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so it wouldn’t be surprising if the franchise heads to the small screen. However, it seems unlikely to happen…for now.
Before the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lucasfilms was working on a live-action TV series known as Star Wars: Underworld. The series had George Lucas behind the project with writers such as Battlestar Galactica’s Ron Moore also involved. The series would take place between the original trilogy and the prequels where the focus would be on two families fighting for control of the universe’s seamy side. But ever since Disney acquired Lucasfilms, it seems like they are mostly focusing on their films. “They are focused on their movies, so we don’t have any plans at the moment,” ABC president Paul Lee told TVLine.
The only property of Star Wars being shown on TV is their animated series Star Wars: Rebels. The show, which is on it’s second season, takes place before A New Hope with characters from the films being woven into the series. Going in the animated route allows them more freedom to revisit characters from their early days. Despite only ABC staying away from a live-action TV series, that doesn’t mean the project is dead. Rumors have been going around that Netflix is looking into reviving Underworld as they negotiate with Disney to develop it for an early 2017 release. Lucasfilms CEO Kathleen Kennedy told Slashfilm that Underworld was “something we would very much like to explore.”
We also probably wouldn’t see J.J. Abrams, who directed The Force Awakens, involved with a live-action TV series. “Since my TV deal is at [Warner Bros.],” he explains, “it is unlikely that [my production company] Bad Robot will be involved in any Star Wars television projects.”
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