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ABC seriously considering Star Wars: Underworld TV series

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The Walt Disney Company’s huge acquisition of LucasFilm wasn’t just going to stop at Star Wars Episode VII and a possible Indiana Jones 5; no, ABC President Paul Lee says that they are seriously considering a live-action TV series of the famed-galactic franchise, to be titled Star Wars: Underworld. Before George Lucas sold the studio, him and producer Rick McCallum have created over 50 one-hour scripts with other sci-fi writers.

The plot would focus on characters not seen in the film and would take place between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, a span of 20 years.

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. via EW

The main problem with developing this show is money. McCallum has previously stated that the show would require around $5 million an episode due to the major technological issues and digital animation.

“We’d love to do something with Lucasfilm, we’re not sure what yet,” Lee [said]. “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.”

It’s going to be very much up to the Lucasfilm brands how they want to play it,” he said. “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. 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.”

via EW