Why We Don't Need That Live-Action 'Star Wars' TV Show

Why We Don't Need That Live-Action 'Star Wars' TV Show

Jan 11, 2013

The minute that Disney announced it had acquired Lucasfilm and planned on returning the Star Wars franchise to theaters with a series of live-action sequels was the minute we all should've stopped investing in that far-off live-action TV show. Sure, 50 scripts were written under the supervision of Lucasfilm's Rick McCallum -- and the promise of a show that was like The Sopranos in space was an intriguing one -- but now, after all that's transpired over the past few months, it just doesn't make sense. It's not going to happen. Forget you ever knew about it, because they ain't going there anytime soon.

McCallum has left Lucasfilm, George Lucas is moving on (but checking in and offering advice like a retired grandparent will always do), and Disney will most likely not be interested in using its new Star Wars brand to create content about mobsters. How do you sell that to kids? Answer: you don't.

But Disney might be interested in watching Marvel's transition to TV very closely to see how this new S.H.I.E.L.D. show does without the luxury of Robert Downey Jr.'s wisecracks and Scarlett Johansson in tight leather outfits. If Marvel can find success telling lower-budgeted stories set in the same universe without having to rely on star power to attract attention, then there may very well be a future for live-action Star Wars on TV. It seems like that's exactly what ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee is getting at when he left the door open for Star Wars during a conversation with Entertainment Weekly. "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," he says. "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."

Essentially, they'll have to wait until Episode VII hits theaters -- wait to see how people react, and who they react to. Wait to see which (if any) of the characters or subplots could be spun off for television. They'll want to connect that world to the one on the big screen, just like S.H.I.E.L.D. is doing, assuming S.H.I.E.L.D. is successful. 

And that's what it all comes down to: assuming S.H.I.E.L.D. is successful. If you want to see live-action Star Wars come to TV, then support the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show and help it find success. Help it find its groove. Respond to the things you like and the things you don't like about it. This is a pivotal moment in the history of both these franchises, and while we can sit here and talk all day about what Disney, Marvel and ABC might be interested in pursuing down the line, the real answers will come from you, not them. 

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