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ABC Wants To Develop TV Shows Based On 'Star Wars' Characters. Like Who? Lando Calrissian?

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act August 5, 2013 at 2:48PM

ABC television executives are said to be planning TV shows based on characters from the Star Wars film franchise, according to the president of Disney's ABC Entertainment Group, Paul Lee.
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Lando Calrissian

ABC television executives are said to be planning TV shows based on characters from the Star Wars film franchise, according to the president of Disney's ABC Entertainment GroupPaul Lee.

You'll recall that it was last fall when Disney bought Lucasfilm for $4.1 billion and has said it intends to make another trilogy (at least) of Star Wars, with the first one (to be directed by JJ Abrams) set for release in 2015, and a new one every two to three years thereafter.

On top of that, Disney later revealed that, in addition to at least 3 more films, fans should expect stand-alone films, separate from the official Star Wars films, that will be based on Star Wars characters.

Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed this piece of news during an interview with CNBC, earlier this year. He added that these spin-off films will be released between the releases of the already announced 3 (or more) new Stars Wars movies (VIIVIII and IX), and that Larry Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are already currently working on them.

Iger wouldn't say what characters will be spun-off into their own movies, however.

And now, as revealed over the weekend, you can also expect TV series based on characters from the Star Wars universe. No word yet on what characters Disney/ABC might be considering here either, so let the speculation begin. 

Jar Jar Binks maybe? Or how about Lando Calrissian, played by Billy Dee Williams in the earlier films? Who else?

I'm definitely no Star Wars universe geek, so I'll leave all the speculation to those of you who are...

My question is, when exactly does Star Wars fatigue begin? Does it ever? Will it ever? At least 3 more Star Wars movies, plus individual movies based on characters from the Star Wars universe, plus individual TV series also based on characters from the Star Wars universe.

But Disney's sitting on a goldmine with not only now owning the Star Wars franchise, but also Marvel's vast library of content, with Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, ABC's first network program based on Marvel comic book characters since Disney paid $4.2 billion to buy the comic book and film studio in 2009, debuting this fall.

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