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Today in Star Wars rumors: ABC starts that Star Wars TV show talk again

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One of the many side effects of the Lucasfilm regime change is that deposed emperors George Lucas and Rick McCallum have been replaced with updated models, whose new dialogue and increased range of motion will bring cohesiveness to the Star Wars saga while also allowing for more sweet backflips. For example, ABC entertainment president Paul Lee, who—now that everyone's part of the same Disney corporate family—has replaced McCallum as the one discussing that Star Wars live-action TV series that's been languishing on the shelf for several years, and making the attendant suggestions that the McCallum-described "Deadwood in space" could still happen. "It’s going to be very much up to the Lucasfilm brands how they want to play it," Lee said of the show, which still has around 50 completed scripts (including some from Battlestar Galactica's Ronald D. Moore) set between the prequels and the original trilogy, exploring the struggle for control of Coruscant's seedy underworld through a bounty hunter and two rival families, and that will still cost a lot of money to make.

Comparing the possible series to how the upcoming S.H.I.E.L.D. is not directly adapting The Avengers to TV, Lee says, "Maybe something oblique is the way to [approach the Star Wars universe] rather than going straight head-on at it." And as with The Avengers, of course, the implication is that Lucasfilm might prefer to get Episode 7 in theaters before setting off on another, oblique and expensive Star Wars tangent (at one time budgeted at around $5 million per episode)—meaning this series would likely still happen well after 2015, if at all. Nevertheless, Lee says the Star Wars TV show is "definitely going to be part of the conversation." A very prolonged conversation about boundaries, trade routes, and regulation, just like everything you love about Star Wars.

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