Yesterday, after ABC president Paul Lee told Entertainment Weekly that he was looking to see if the scripts for the planned live-action Star Wars TV show were still “viable,” the internet lit up with excitement over the prospect of a weekly TV series taking place in a galaxy far, far away.
But this isn’t our first space rodeo! Back in January of 2012 we reported on (now former) Lucasfilm exec Rick McCallum’s descriptions of a TV show called Star Wars: Underworld, which sounded a lot like Caprica meets Baywatch: Nights. And now, with the revelation that Ron Moore (of Caprica and BSG) is involved, this sounds about the same as before: a dark/gritty Star Wars story involving space crime and space mobs. When he was still running things, McCallum had previously described these scripts as “the most provocative, bold and daring material that we’ve ever done.” Coming from Rick McCallum, this doesn’t mean a whole lot to me. This is the guy who produced the prequels!
Sure, having Ron Moore involved adds a certain amount of legitimacy, but it’s not as though Caprica was without its problems. Plus, at this point, ABC is basically just saying that they’ll think about it, and my guess is when they see these “provocative, bold” scripts, they’re going to pass.
So, in the words of Han Solo, I think it’s best that we “don’t get excited,” just yet.
Ryan Britt is a staff writer for Tor.com.