There was a lot of hope by Star Wars fans recently that talk of a live-action Star Wars television series would be hitting small screens shortly.
However, Star Wars fans and those riding high on the series' resurgence thanks to films like Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will have to wait a while longer for any sort of live-action series to transpire, particularly for the small screen. For starters, there are Star Wars films of one variety or another slated straight through until 2020, including a standalone film about Han Solo currently in production, and the upcoming Star Wars Episode VIII in 2017 and Star Wars Episode IX in 2019.
ABC head honcho Channing Dungey seemed to imply last summer that there were ongoing talks with Lucasfilm to bring a Star Wars live action series to the small screen, though he indicated that those discussions were very "hush hush." However, recently, Dungey said that his words were overblown in the media.
"That was sort of a conversation at TCA that got blown way out of proportion," he noted. "We have had some conversations in general about wanting to find a way to bring something from the Lucas Star Wars Universe to ABC, but that’s far into the future."
He also said that currently, Star Wars Rebels is also occupying some of Lucasfilm's time, in addition to their ongoing work on the film series. No doubt Lucasfilm is also focused on how to work with Star Wars Episode VIII and Star Wars Episode IX since the woman behind General Leia, the late Carrie Fisher, has passed away. Leia was rumored to have an expanded story arc for the next two films, and with her untimely passing comes some decisions that will no doubt be challenging for Rian Johnson, director and writer of Episode VIII and Episode IX, Colin Trevorrow, director and writer of Episode IX, and executives at Disney and Lucasfilm to make.
However, there is a Star Wars: Underworld listed on iMDB.com apparently slated for release in 2018. Starring Daniel Logan as Boba Fett - he also played a young Boba Fett in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones - Anthony Daniels as C-3P0, and Ahmed Best as that Gungan everyone loves to hate, Jar Jar Binks, the series apparently revolves around following a "young bounty hunter and his mentor" as they encounter threats during their travels across the galaxy.
Whether that series is actually a go or if it's simply a "go" for another network is certainly a question, but iMDB.com lists the series as debuting Dec. 15, 2018, so there are multiple possibilities as to just where the series will land. It's currently being filmed in Australia.
Regardless, it appears that at the very least, there is the possibility of a live action Star Wars series at least somewhere on network executives' collective radar. With the activity buzzing about the franchise with the films that are in the works and already wrapped, it would seem that Star Wars is going to be a hot topic for some time beyond the 40 years it's already enjoyed.