Disney's continued, aggressive expansion of their entertainment empire has made the multi-national corporation an increasingly-frightening presence in the already dangerously-conglomerated mass media industry. But, hey, the good news is it also apparently means more nerd shows: just as the company's acquisition of Marvel quickly led to a S.H.I.E.L.D. television show, their more recent takeover of Lucasfilm may also lead to the development of a live-action Star Wars series thought impossible until Disney enlightened us through buying everything.
As you may recall, last summer producer Rick McCallum explained that he and a team of writers--including Battlestar Galactica's Ronald D. Moore--had spent over three years assembling fifty hours of fully-written scripts for an adults-only Star Wars series said to be in the tone of Deadwood, but in space. It sounded like an intriguing project, but one that McCallum was quick to point out was probably a waste of three-and-a-half years, as it turns out shooting Deadwood in space costs a ridiculous amount of money that no one is willing to spend.
But now that Disney could potentially run things from top to bottom, the situation may have changed, EW reports. Just as HBO is able to offset the high costs of Game of Thrones because their deal gives them full home video and international distribution rights, Disney's control of Lucasfilm, the ABC network, and a friend's DVD burner means they could perhaps still turn a profit on a Star Wars series--despite a production budget McCallum claimed would need to be north of the $5-6 million an episode first planned for creating a CGI alien version of Ian McShane.
Of course, for now this is just talk--or, more accurately, talk about talk that will be part of a later conversation--with ABC entertainment president Paul Lee explaining:
"We haven't even sat down with [Lucasfilm]. We're going to look at [the live-action series], we're going to look at all of them, and see what's right. We weren't able to discuss this with them until [the acquisition] closed and it just closed. It's definitely going to be part of the conversation."
It's also worth noting that if the project does end up making its way to ABC, network television restrictions would mean that the "Deadwood in space" idea would have to, at least to a degree, depart from its original vision. So keep your expectations managed, at least in terms of the amount of topless space whores.