Disney Co-Chairman Lends New Hope For STAR WARS TV Show

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Before Lucasfilm and Star Wars were purchased by Disney, George Lucas was developing a Star Wars TV show. Since the buyout, this project seems to have gone on the back burner, but Disney co-chairman Ben Sherwood says there's still a chance a live action Star Wars show could land on ABC - just not for a while.

"The live-action Star Wars plan rests in the hands of [Walt Disney Studios chairman] Alan Horn, [Lucasfilm president] Kathy Kennedy and the great folks at Lucasfilm," Sherwood explained to The Hollywood Reporter. "Somewhere we hope in a galaxy not too far away there will be a television show that will air on one of our networks. But I wouldn't get anybody's hopes up too high. They have a lot of movies to make between now and then. We are deep into a very productive relationship with Lucasfilm making [Disney XD's] Star Wars Rebels. And we are in ongoing conversations with them on what is the next Star Wars animated show."

In August, ABC president Channing Dungey said the network was "in talks" to develop a Star Wars show, though she offered no specifics at the time.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the next live action installment of the franchise, due to be released in theaters December 16, 2016, while Star Wars: Episode VIII is in production for a December 15, 2017 release.

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