Live-action Star Wars: Does a bigger budget mean blockbuster TV?


The live-action Star Wars television series will cost $100 million for 10 episodes, according to a report in The New York Times.

With Disney set to enter the world of streaming entertainment, the company is placing a large bet on its own properties.  One such bet is the live-action Star Wars series, being produced by Jon Favreau. With shows like Game of Thrones and Westworld redefining  science fiction/fantasy television can be, it will be interesting to see live-action Star Wars made for the small screen.

Set to have a $100 Million budget for a 10-episode season, according to The New York Times, Jon Favreau will have the coin to produce the best show he possibly can. With a large portion of that budget most likely slated for CGI effects the series most likely won’t be limited in its action, environments or scope. This is all good news considering the only way to see the series will be to pay the monthly subscription fee for Disney Streaming. High-end original programming right out of the gate in addition to Disney’s ever-expanding catalog will make the service seem worthwhile.

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But what will the series be about?!

Now that it’s clear Disney and Lucasfilm are not sparing any expense regarding the production of a live-action series, there are plenty of questions to ask. When does the series take place?  Who will be the main players? Where do they fit in the saga?

There are rumours abound the series will have to do with Mandalore after the fall of the empire.  Considering the large part Mandalorians have played in both The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels, this is an interesting proposition.

How would Mandalore and it’s Warrior Culture play out in a Galaxy that has seen the fall of the Empire? A galaxy that hasn’t yet seen the restoration of the republic? Could we see a second Mandolorian War before the rise of the First Order?

Another question to ask is whether some of our favorite Mandalorians would make an appearance in such a show. Will Sabine appear or be a regular player on such a series? If so, would we also get a live-action Ashoka? Will we finally get an answer as to whether or not Boba Fett actually survived the Sarlaac?

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What of the rumors regarding Mandalore are false?

Let’s face it, if you’ve read a Star War rumor or theory anytime in the last three years, chances are it was false. If the rumors surrounding this series being about Mandalore are false, what are other possibilities for the series?

With Favreau on board to produce the series, at the very least fans know that he’ll respect both Legends and New Canon alike. The work he’s done with both Marvel and Disney properties have proven that. No matter the subject matter, the series will be treated with the respect it deserves.

For my money I wouldn’t mind seeing a series featuring the seedy underbelly of the Star Wars universe. One that spends an awful lot of time around  smugglers, bounty hunters and thegGangsters who employ them. Guest appearances from some of our favorite secondary and tertiary characters would be great. And with a young Han Solo and Lando Calrissian in play there’s no reason they couldn’t make brief appearances in such a series.

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With production of the series beginning in October, we can expect plenty of rumors to flood the web. With Favreau having ties to The Clone Wars and Solo rumors will be all over the place. One thing’s for certain with the large budget and a track record for excellent storytelling, Favreau will deliver a great series.