Thursday, January 10, 2013

Star Wars: Live Action Series Alive at ABC?

"Go strap yourselves in. I'm going to make the jump to light speed."

The period between 1983's Return of the Jedi and 1999's The Phantom Menace was the dark times for Star Wars and we thought we saw a resurgence in Star Wars fandom since the Prequel Trilogy, well hold on to your blasters, because it looks like things are about to jump into hyperspace. 

Entertainment Weekly's has some exclusive new information with official comments and rumors from unnamed sources regarding the status of the mothballed Star Wars: Live Action "Underworld" series. 

From ABC entertainment President Paul Lee:
“We’d love to do something with Lucasfilm, we’re not sure what yet,” Lee exclusively told EW. “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.”
From unnamed sources:
Sources say the live-action series centers on the story of rival families struggling over the control of the seedy underside of the Star Wars universe and the people who live within the subterranean level and air shafts of the metropolis planet Coruscant (the Empire’s urban-sprawl-covered home planet). A bounty hunter may be the main character. Set between the original Star Wars film trilogy and the prequels, the time period allows for all sorts of potential appearances from classic figures from the Star Wars universe.Extensive art work including character designs, costume designs, and set designs were all developed by a top team of concept artists and designers who worked for more than a year on the third floor design studio at George Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch’s main house on the project. The team was closely supervised by McCallum and Lucas.
We knew about the scripts being done, but this is new news about concept art, character, costume and set design.  Pretty exciting stuff. 

My biggest concern is how the show's concept and content would fit on network television. ABC would really have to push the content envelope without significantly watering down Lucas' reported vision for the Live Action series.  This has always sounded like a high end HBO/AMC type of cable show. 


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