Following news of a summer 2017 release date for Star Wars: Episode VIII and a title for the first standalone spin-off film arriving in December of 2016, we’ve got more news from a galaxy far, far away.
Making Star Wars, a major source for Star Wars scoops (both accurate and false), is reporting that Disney and Lucasfilm are in the early planning stages of developing a live-action Star Wars television series. However, it doesn’t sound like we should expect it anytime soon.
Why? Well, as of now, Disney is getting the production schedules for the next few films locked down first, and then they will focus on the television series. So why does the production schedule for the films have any impact on getting this TV series off the ground? Because the studio wants to use the sets at Pinewood Studios in the United Kingdom to film the series in between production on each Star Wars film.
Now, I can’t imagine they’ll use the same sets from the films for the series, but they’ll likely just be using the same soundstages, in addition to using some of the larger setpieces, like ship cockpits and whatnot. It would certainly help make the production on the TV series cheaper.
For now, Cinelinx reports the show is in a holding pattern until the film’s schedules get finalized so they know how much time they have to work with. As for any details on what the show will entail, the only thing mentioned is the potential for a character from one of the forthcoming books to be used in the series, but that’s not much to go on just yet.
While this is just a rumor for now, a live-action Star Wars TV series is pretty much a no-brainer. Clearly Disney is applying the Marvel model to their acquisition of Star Wars and they’re looking to expand the galaxy quite a bit beyond the characters we all know and love from the original trilogy. We’ve got plenty of time to wait, but just stay tuned for all things Star Wars on the way.
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