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Star Wars 1313 has hints

By Robert T. Trate     January 11, 2013
Source: Entertainment Weekly

With all the news about a new Star Wars film coming out in 2015, the rumbles of a TV Show had all but disappeared. ABC entertainment president Paul Lee told Entertainment Weekly that he is going to look into the possibility of bringing the long talked about series to TV. 

“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.”


Some of the scripts, 50 in total, were written by Battlestar Galactica’s Ron Moore and were likened to HBO’s Game of Thrones. However, everyone with the project had been sworn to secrecy. So what was the series going to entail?

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.” - according to EW

The project took a whole year to develop its concept and design. The creators even took up a whole floor of the Skywalker Ranch. The closet thing to a look and feel for the TV series, that will see the light of day, is the new Star Wars Video Game, Star Wars 1313 (see clip/ info below). 

How much longer Maniacs do you think they will wait on this series? Will we see it before the new movie or after?

Thanks to ElBaz13 for the submission.


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Wiseguy 1/11/2013 6:43:24 AM

Gimme gimme gimme

To be honest I would've rathered something more grounded in the politics of the Empire or the Republic depending on its timeline. But I'll take anything Star Wars, even their version of Sopranos Star Wars Style

ElBaz13 1/11/2013 6:55:14 AM

GL selling Lucasfilm is probably the best thing for this franchise.

Since he was the supreme decision maker, a lot of stuff got held back. I'm looking forward for a different take on the Star Wars that doesn't involve GL. What held this show back was Lucas' stupid reluctance to keep using CG technology. I remember McCallum saying "we're still far ahead because it's too costly to produce this for TV". Uh yeah...creating CG characters for TV or an entire world takes a lot of manpower and of course...time.

Some sci-fi shows proved they don't have to rely on CG. See Farscape for creature effects and see Firefly for the "used Star Wars" look.  It can be done on a moderate budget if the right people are working on it.

Glad there are no more Lucas yes men.

Since Disney owns ABC, I could see this happening. The article was taken from Bleeding Cool and one thing mentioned is the ABC SHIELD show. Again, Disney/Marvel is experimenting with a TV show/movie direct tie in. If this works...I could see them going the Star Wars TV route and tie it in with the new movies.


monkeyfoot 1/11/2013 7:12:16 AM

"I'll make the wookie an offer he can't refuse"

- said in Huttenese

I want this so bad I can taste it! In fact, it taste like chocolate astronaut's ice cream with glow in the dark sprinkles.

TALIS 1/11/2013 7:22:39 AM

 a star wars version of bsg..... I'm in. 

hanso 1/11/2013 7:29:09 AM

 2 expensive.  Even with Disney owning distribution, license etc.  $5 million an ep is too much.  Budget got 2 come down.

ElBaz13 1/11/2013 8:01:13 AM

I don't think so Hanso. I would rather see 5 million per episode but a shortened season. Not the standard 22 episodes TV shows have. I find the shortened seasons are usually the best shows out there because there is no filler episode crap.

HBO and Starz. Walking Dead. All small seasons and top quality shows. Even when Lost shotened their seasons, the show got better because they had less filler.

15 episodes at 5 million would be 75 million per season. Sure, it would be the most expensive prime time network TV show ever, but it is Star Wars and would have no shortage of viewers. Not only that but Disney/Lucasfilm would win with other tie-ins to the show (videogames, toys, theme park, etc...)

hanso 1/11/2013 8:08:32 AM

 But the vieweres wouldn't be guaranteed cause its set within the Star Wars universe but its not really Star Wars, ie lightsabers and what not, which is what people associate with the franchise.  It'd be a sci fi show and those usually don't pull a lot of viewers.  You need 10-15 million viewers per ep, and would that be enough to justify the cost of the show?  I don't know cause I don't run a  TV network. 

hanso 1/11/2013 8:09:57 AM

I do agree that the tie ins to show and the fact that they wouldn't have to pay anyone cause they own the franchise might offset the price tag of the series.  But I don't know if that's enough to make them pull the trigger.  Guess we'll see.

Wiseguy 1/11/2013 8:20:44 AM

5 mill an episode wouldn't make it exactly the most expensive ever, especially if you adjust the dollar a minute average or inflation

The last season of Friends I recall reading cost about 10mil an episode. And there are more than a few recent series although mostly shortlived that cost close to 5 mil. I believe LOST was around 4 mil an episode

The bottom line like hanso said is the ratings since it isn't cable

CaptAmerica04 1/11/2013 9:05:20 AM

The series won't see the light of day until after the next film.  Star Wars has fallen out of vogue, even in geek circles, after those atrocious prequels.  And in the interval, we've had Lord of the Rings and dozens of comic book>film series start up with varying levels of geek adoration.  Even Star Trek got an amazingly good reboot.  So Lucasfilm really needs to come out of the gate strong to reclaim their fan base and show the world that its galaxy far far away is back in good hands with great stories and characters (not to mention some decent dialogue).

Oh, and there should NEVER... EVER... EVER be another mention of midichlorians EVER AGAIN.

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