Star Wars has taken over so many mediums since the franchise launched 40 years ago. While the films, animated series and video games have been taken in to the hearts of fans, we are yet to see a live-action show. George Lucas came close, when he created a huge catalogue of scripts for Star Wars: Underworld. That show was put on the back-burner in 2010 due to budgetary concerns, so it took a few more years for the Force to awaken.
In the years since, Disney have relaunched the franchise in film, animated TV and video games. While there are so many comics and books that following Star Wars is almost a full-time job, there’s still no live action show. That’s something a large portion of fans want to change, they’ve signed a petition demanding more Star Wars, and they know exactly what they want.
The petition (via ComicBook.com) demands that Disney team up with Netflix to bring Knights of the Old Republic to screen. With 140,000 signatures, there’s clearly a lot of support for this. The popular game seems prime for a series, even if the plot is different. Setting a TV tie-in thousands of years before the feature films is a really smart move. By going back to a much longer time ago in this far away galaxy Lucasfilm can avoid any continuity issues with the films. It also stops people asking for big cameo crossovers, like how Marvel fans are demanding a Defenders and Infinity War connection.
The only issue is the budget. While the petition names the likes of House of Cards and Daredevil as examples of quality Netflix programming, those may show why a Star Wars show is unlikely. The Marvel shows were agreed in a $200million deal with the streaming company, which works out around $3.3million per episode. That’s a great sum to cover your next wild weekend, and it seems to cover filming on the streets of New York. However, a Coruscant set is going to cost a little more.
Netflix couldn’t get 60 episodes of Old Republic for $200million. They’d be looking closer to Game of Thrones levels, which costs $10million per episode. Realistically, that’s going to be a little steep, even with the Star Wars brand backing it up. Even with this support, it’s not exactly worthwhile to green-light the show. If every supporter of the petition took up a membership with Netflix, they’d raise $15.4million in subscription fees over the next year. That’s $1.4million more than what ABC spent on 2013’s Agents of SHIELD pilot.
As much as we’d love to see 13 episodes of gritty stories which could tie in to The Last Jedi, it’s hard to see who will stump up the cash.