For more than a decade now, rumors have persisted that in some form or another, a live-action Star Wars TV show was going to make its way to TV. After Disney purchased all of Lucasfilm in 2012, the company poured most of their focus into making sure that Star Wars: The Force Awakens went well so that they could get fans on board with the idea of more Star Wars. Now they have the good faith restored, and it is time to start developing other projects. And one of those projects may finally be that small screen Star Wars series we've often heard so much about.
ABC recently made a presentation at the Television Critics Association press tour, and to the delight of many fans, it was revealed that they have been discussing the prospect of a Star Wars show with Lucasfilm. The network's new president Channing Dungey was the one who got everyone's hopes up, and he seems quite enthusiastic about the prospect. Here's what he had to say.
"Oh, as a fan, I would absolutely love to say 'yes.' The conversations with Lucas, we have had conversations with them and will continue to have conversations with them. I think it would be wonderful if we could find a way to extend that brand into our programming."
Disney just so happens to own ABC, so it makes sense that conversations between the network and Lucasfilm have been taking place. Granted Dungey's statement isn't the most firm thing we have ever encountered, but it is encouraging. But let's say these statements go the most exciting way possible and a live-action Star Wars TV does get greenlit over at ABC. Dungey's statements didn't reveal anything about what the show could possibly be about.
After George Lucas finished up the Star Wars prequel trilogy, he decided to start developing a show based in a galaxy far far away, and as the story goes, there are more than 50 scripts for that show sitting in a vault somewhere. So we know that the groundwork exists for a Star Wars TV show, but we know very little about what that show would look like, or even if that would be the show that ABC moved forward with.
The Star Wars universe is insanely ripe with possibility, and TV has been an excellent extension of the lore so far. With how much we have been able to get from animated shows like Rebels and The Clone Wars, it is hard not to get excited about the possibilities that exist in a live-action Star Wars TV show. So what exactly is that show going to be about? Well, we've got some ideas.
The Jedi Academy
There is no doubt that the idea of a live-action Star Wars TV show is alive and well, but if the show lands on ABC, it will have to find a very large audience, and it will have to be relatively family friendly. We wouldn't likely be getting the gritty Boba Fett murder-centric, bounty hunter, kill contract show, or anything like that. So, something like seeing Jedi Knights getting trained would make a lot of sense. The name Jedi Academy comes from a video game released back in 2003, but the idea that Jedi Knights have institutional training is a long standing idea in the Star Wars universe. It would make a lot of sense for a network TV show.
The video game, Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, took place shortly after Return of the Jedi with Luke Skywalker setting up a base on Yavin 4 to train a new generation of Jedi. It isn't likely that would be the plot a show would follow, but the Jedi have a long history in the Star Wars universe, so the show could be set in a lot of various time periods and it could work. We could be introduced to a lot of new characters, but there would be enough familiarity for it to work. Not only that, but getting a good, in-depth look at the training of a Jedi Knight is something pretty much any Star Wars fan could get behind. This is an idea that will likely be pursued at some point, and maybe ABC will make it a sooner rather than later kind of thing.
One thing that a Star Wars TV show would be really benefited by, if it does indeed land on a major network, is some name recognition. Yes, Star Wars has about as much name recognition as possible, but in terms of characters, that would also be helpful. The time gap between what happened at the end of Revenge of the Sith and what happened at the beginning of A New Hope is significant. That being the case, there is a big chunk of Obi-Wan Kenobi's life that we don't know much about. It isn't incredibly likely that Ewan McGregor, who has expressed interest in returning to the role for a movie, would want to deal with a rigorous network TV schedule. However, this is Star Wars and almost anything is possible. Seeing McGregor as Obi-Wan on Tatooine and going through his adventures week to week would be really fun. No doubt, people would tune in for that show and there is a lot to mine for there in terms of story.