The Star Wars franchise, now acquired by Disney, might become the basis of a new TV show as Disney continues its epic quest to milk every last bit of money out of their new property.
The president of Disney's ABC Entertainment Group Paul Lee told a room full of television critics on Sunday that "We've started conversations" with LucasFilms on a possible TV show for the network, adding, "I have an inkling in my mind, but they have a lot on their plate." He continued, "I'd love to go there. I'm a particular fan of Lucasfilm. It's an amazing world."
But the glint-in-the-eye TV show (which, at this point, might fill some fans with more instinctive fear than with joy) isn't the only Star Wars TV project: there's Star Wars Rebels, an animated series that follows in the path of The Clone Wars, that will air on Disney HD in 2014. This, presumably, would go in a different direction from the existing animated series.
The Atlantic Wire has suggested before that Disney simply consider Patton Oswalt's amazing filibuster pitch for a Marvel-Star Wars crossover film instead. Now that the Nerdist has animated that rant (for YouTube's Geek Week), we resubmit that proposal with some urgency — it wouldn't take long to adapt the idea into a TV series, really:
Meanwhile Marvel, Disney's other $4-billion purchase, has already spawned a series for the network: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., produced by Joss Whedon, along with his brother Jed. Pretty much everyone seems excited about it already, and ABC seems to think that the show could help expand their audience. From the Whedon's remarks at a panel for TV critics today, it sounds like they're going to try and push the marketing of that series to reach beyond core comic fans (via the LA Times):
Although the drama attempts to bring Marvel's box-office power and comic fan base to the small screen, it's not an Easter egg farm, Whedon emphasized, to the agreement of his fellow executive producers.
"I don't think we'll make references for the sake of making references," Tancharoen said.
"It's like medical jargon," Jed Whedon added, noting that those who aren't well-versed won't feel completely lost.