Don’t Expect To See A Live-Action ‘Star Wars’ TV Series Any Time Soon – UPROXX
WithÂ Star Wars: The Force AwakensÂ a worldwide hit with a handful ofÂ Academy Award nominations, multipleÂ Star WarsÂ film on the way, andÂ Star Wars RebelsÂ still going strong on the small screen,Â Star WarsÂ fever is going strong. Even though there are multiple ways to get a Jedi fix right now, fans are still clamoring for more. Unfortunately for those fans, of all the options for moreÂ Star WarsÂ adventures, a live-action television series is not going to be one of them. According to a report byÂ TVLine,Â although there has been a series in this style, Underworld, Â in the works for more than a decade, it is not bound to happen in the near future. As Michael Ausiello tells it,
Once Disney purchased Lucasfilm, jump-starting the film franchise became the priority. So, although Disney-ownedÂ ABC â€” the likeliest home forÂ UnderworldÂ â€” would obviously love to have a live-actionÂ Star WarsÂ series on its lineup, â€œthey are focused on their movies,â€ network president Paul Lee tells TVLine, â€œso we donâ€™t have any plans at the moment.â€
That might be a blow to fans, who are so zealous about new stories set in a galaxy far, far away that some are still defending the prequel movies. All is not lost though as Netflix,Â televisionâ€™s new savior for lost causes,Â might be swooping in and offering up another option as a home for the series:
Last month, rumors began to circulate that Netflix was in negotiations with Disney to develop a live-actionÂ Star WarsÂ series to debut as early as 2017. And Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy told Slashfilm thatÂ UnderworldÂ was â€œsomething we would very much like to explore.â€
Whether it ends up happening or not, there would be much to consider now thatÂ The Force AwakensÂ has brought some much-needed quality back to the series. Would the television series still have the same concept as it was supposed to have in 2005? Could any of the big-screen actors make cheeky cameos? Itâ€™s probably better in the long run that Disney doesnâ€™t overload the market with more than a few TV series at a time, and the animated fare is good enough that they donâ€™t have to worry about fan satisfaction in that department.Â Perhaps they should holdÂ that off for a few more years until weâ€™re out of movies again and need another jolt of Jedi heroism in our lives.