How about some more Star Wars news? On the heels of the announcement that Game of Thrones creators are developing a new series of Star Wars films comes a tease of the franchise’s small screen future. There are multiple Star Wars TV shows currently in development for Disney’s upcoming streaming service.
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Following today’s bombshell announcement that Star Wars: The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson is developing a completely separate and brand new trilogy of Star Wars movies, today also brings the news that the long-rumored live action Star Wars TV show is officially happening. And a new Star Wars show isn’t the only thing they’re working on.
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Lucasfilm has been flirting with the idea of making a live-action Star Wars TV show since the mid-2000s. Fifty hours worth of scripts were rumored to have been completed, and Disney acquired those unproduced scripts when they purchased Lucasfilm. We know the show had a working title of Star Wars: Underworld, and it would have taken place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, telling stories of an unseen side of the galaxy before eventually looping back around to reveal how Han Solo met Chewbacca, how Lando Calrissian lost the Millennium Falcon, and more. The show was basically scrapped, and at least some of those stories will be told in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
But the idea of a live-action Star Wars show remains intriguing, and it’s only a matter of time before one is given a green light. Might Dave Filoni, the executive producer of Star Wars Rebels, be leading the charge? Let’s look at some comments from a new interview with Filoni and see if we can read between the lines.
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There will be a live action Star Wars TV show. That’s not me using The Force either, it’s a fact. When Disney bought Lucasfilm one of the things they were most excited about was the possibility of putting a Star Wars show on ABC, just like they did with Marvel. It’s going to happen. The only question is “when?”
With Marvel’s show, the company exhibited patience. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D didn’t premiere until Fall 2013, which was after Iron Man 3 was released. So there was already seven Marvel movies in the can to raise awareness and help build that world. There were also two movies (Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier) coming right after that to tie into the film.
The latest rumor about the live action Star Wars TV show is Disney wants to employ a similar strategy. They are waiting to launch the TV series until the movies are in full swing. Also, it could star a character who first gets introduced in the books. Read more below. Read More »
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One casting rumor is confirmed while another one pops up. In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits, read about the following:
- Saoirse Ronan confirms she’s read for Star Wars Episode VII.
- 300: Rise of an Empire star Sullivan Stapleton also is rumored to have read.
- The success of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. may have breathed new life into a Star Wars TV series.
- Disney uses Star Wars to launch a new parks campaign.
- Check out a concept drawing from Return of the Jedi.
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Begun, the TV discussions have. At the TCAs this weekend, ABC executives revealed they’ve started to talk to Lucasfilm about possible ways to bring the Star Wars brand to TV. Below, read about that as well as a few other Star Wars Bits:
- A metal band filmed their music video on Star Wars sets in Tunisia.
- Check out new art from The Star Wars comic book series.
- Star Wars: Battlefront won’t be released until Summer 2015.
- Star Trek star Karl Urban wouldn’t want to be in Star Wars.
- Watch Warwick Davis talk to Anthony Daniels and others at Star Wars Celebration Europe.
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When a company as large as Disney buys a company as large as LucasFilm, the possibilities for new projects are endless. Movies, merchandise, theme parks, anything under the sun is possibly when you’re talking about Mickey Mouse and Darth Vader. We know for sure that new Star Wars movies are in the works, but at the recent Television Critics Association press event the president of ABC Entertainment Paul Lee was asked about LucasFilm being incorporated on the TV side. ABC, of course, is one of many TV outlets owned by Disney.
Lee said that ABC would love to do something with LucasFilm and, in the near future, they’d be taking a look at those 50 scripts for a live action Star Wars TV show George Lucas and Rick McCallum have placed on a shelf for the past few years. Scripts that were deemed to expensive for TV. With Disney now controlling the rights to everything, that might just be the spark to get the live action Star Wars series going.
After the jump, read Lee’s quotes on the matter as well as a few more details on the rumored story of the Star Wars TV series. Read More »
Deep below the surface of Coruscant, a lethal bounty hunter hunts down targets while exploring a whole new side to the Star Wars universe. LucasFilm has just revealed, as expected, they’re developing a new game called Star Wars 1313, a third person, action adventure shooter that promises to explore much more “mature themes” than previous Star Wars games and show “the worst of the worst of the Star Wars galaxy.”
That sounds oddly like how producer Rick McCallum has described the eventual Star Wars TV Show, doesn’t it? After the jump, we’ll explore the links and show a bunch of images and footage from Star Wars 1313. Read More »
Earlier this month, it was revealed Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World provided fans a chance to buy a custom made toy of themselves in Carbonite, just like Han Solo. That’s now underway and, after the jump, you can see some video and learn more about that process.
There’s also a new video interview with LucasFilm producer Rick McCallum where he sets the record straight, again, about the Star Wars TV show and dashes some hopes for a Joe Johnston-directed Boba Fett movie. Read More »
A very interesting rumor is floating around the Internet today in regards to the eventual Star Wars TV show we now refer to as Star Wars: Underworld. If true, it would be considered not only a massive spoiler, but the kind of thing that changes Star Wars as we know it. It involves time travel. However, it’s important to remember that even if this information came from George Lucas himself (it doesn’t), we wouldn’t see it happen for several years at least.
With that said, it’s a doozy. Read about it after the jump. Read More »