by staff writer Michael Brown
ABC and Lucasfilm have resumed talks concerning the previously dropped live-action crime-themed Star Wars television series tentatively titled Star_Wars:_Underworld. ABC President Paul Lee said progress is being made toward that end. “We’ve started conversations with them,” he said. “I have an inkling in my mind, but they have a lot on their plate.” The “full plate”, of course, is the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII, which is slated for a 2015 release, and the following two entries in the third trilogy will come along in a somewhat short two-year timeframe per film.
This puts the future of the television series only a few steps ahead of what Lee said back in January. “We’d love to do something with Lucasfilm, we’re not sure what yet,” he said at the time. “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.”
After Disney’s buying out Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion dollars back in October 2012, ABC, owned by Disney, was the sure favorite to carry the television series. Even if Underworld, which had been on the drawing board for years, proved to be too expensive, Disney’s ownership of ABC and Star Wars was seen by fans and critics alike to be the right combination to make it happen. Instead, Disney took the lightsaber to many of Lucasfilm’s projects, such as a comedy themed Star Wars series by Seth Green, the 3D versions of the prequel films, and the highly popular Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series on Cartoon Network.
In April of this year, Disney closed down LucasArts, Lucasfilm’s game developer, and laid off about 150 people, also nixing the highly anticipated, highly acclaimed next-gen game 1313, starring Boba Fett and set in Coruscant’s seedy undercity. In May of this year, Electronic Arts announced a deal with Disney to publish future Star Wars games.
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