During a 2011 interview with G4’s now-canceled Attack of the Show, Star Wars creator and then-owner George Lucas casually mentioned that the long talked-about SW TV series already had 50 episodes ready to go, and was only awaiting the technological advancements that would make its special effects needs financially viable.
The existence of 50 hours worth of new Star Wars material languishing on a shelf was a bit of a bombshell to fans.
The plot of the series involves rival underworld families fighting for control of Coruscant. Kind of like a Star-Mafia Wars.
Apparently, making the show today would cost around $5 million an episode, which actually isn’t that crazy. The problem was that Lucasfilm wanted to retain all of the ancillary rights to the series: merchandise, toys, DVD/Blu Ray, etc. that networks are increasingly depending on to make their profits.
But now that Star Wars has been sold to Disney, things have changed. Disney owns several networks, most notably ABC, and can easily handle all the merchandising itself, thus keeping all the potential profits from the series in-house. Entertainment Weekly interviewed ABC president Paul Lee about the series and, unsurprisingly, he’s interested:
“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.”
Another interesting bit to come out of the interview is that the team of writers hired by Star Wars‘ producer Rick McCallum to craft the series included Ronald D. Moore, long-time Star Trek writer and the man behind the reboot of Battlestar Galactica. The fact that they recruited one of the best writers in the genre is very encouraging. I think the last time Lucasfilm made a choice this inspired was when they hired Genndy Tartakovsky to direct the traditionally animated Clone Wars TV series.