For a really long time, we’ve heard numerous rumors concerning a live-action Star Wars series. It’s something that George Lucas has been bandying about in way or another for nearly a decade. Lucas had claimed that multiple episodes were written, and that he was sitting on them until technology got to the point where he’d be content with the series itself. All that, however, went out the window when Disney backed up the Brinks truck to Lucas’ doorstep and pried Star Wars from him. Today, Jordan Maison at Cinelinx is reporting that the series is a “holding pattern” while the film schedules at Pinewood Studios are figured out for the scheduled films. According to this report, Pinewood would basically become a Star Wars factory, with the series utilizing sets and studio space between the movies.
While this is, at present, nothing more than a rumor, it is probably as close to anything concrete surrounding a Star Wars television series that we’ve ever heard. Also, after seeing the prequels, I just refuse to trust George Lucas when he says he has something already written. But from a business standpoint and a practicality standpoint, this actually makes sense. It gives the people at Lucasfilm time to fully shape where this universe is going, and allow the series to gain its footing and settle in to this increasingly expanding universe.
We’re still years away from seeing how this series comes to fruition. And until I see The Force Awakens, I’m not getting too excited for anything. I’ve been burned before.