The last great big bit of news out of George Lucas’s ever-chewing, ever-swallowing mouth pre-Lucasfilm’s sale to Disney was about a live-action Star Wars TV project he planned to bring to your boob tubes in the next couple years. Lucas claimed that 50 episodes had already been written but the production budget to make such a series see fruition was too expensive at the time and would have to wait until costs could be better figured out to bring his vision to life. Now, while the idea of any ‘vision’ from George Lucas in the last 20 years is a frightening, nightmarish thought, as Entertainment Weekly reported, the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney means that the already-written series has another shot of actually reaching television sets, especially since Disney already owns ABC, giving them an easy distribution outlet for the product and cutting down on costs.
The series, which would apparently focus on feuding families living on Coruscant in between Episodes III and IV, as well as inexplicably on subterranean troglodytes living beneath the surface of the Empire’s capital planet, was entirely written by none other than Ronald D. Moore, the man who brought Battlestar Galactica back from the dead and resurrected sci-fi space opera storytelling on television. It’s certainly an intriguing premise now with Moore’s pedigree behind the typewriter. Of course, there still hasn’t been any word from Disney on whether it plans to move forward with the television side of the franchise or just stay focused on the films for the time being, but linking Star Wars to Battlestar is any fanboy’s wet dream.