TV Talk: ‘Star Wars’ Live-Action Series at ABC; George R.R. Martin’s ‘Wild Cards’ in the Works

     August 9, 2016

On this episode of Collider TV Talk (August 8th, 2016) Josh Macuga, David Griffin, Sinéad de Vries and Sasha Perl-Raver discuss:

  • George R.R. Martin’s superhero series Wild Cards in development
  • Todd Phillips and Bradley Cooper developing Isis series Black Flags
  • Highs and Lows
  • Twitter questions


Image via LucasFilm

During ABC’s presentation at the Television Critics Association press tour, the network’s newly hired president Channing Dungey revealed that the network is in active conversations with Lucasfilm to bring the Star Wars universe to TV with a live-action series. Dungey said, quote, “Oh, as a fan, I would absolutely love to say ‘yes.’ We have had conversations with LucasFilm and will continue to have conversations with them. I think it would be wonderful if we could find a way to extend that brand into our programming.

George R.R. Martin, author of the Game of Thrones series, announced via Live Journal that an adaptation of his superhero anthology novels, Wild Cards, is in the works under the Universal Cable Productions banner. This is the project that Martin started in 1987 before writing Game of Thrones. Wild Cards writer Melinda Snodgrass and Syfy Films’ Gregory Noveck are in charge of bringing the series to life, as Martin is under contract with HBO and is busy writing The Winds of Winter, the long awaited next novel in the A Song of Ice and Fire series.

black-flags-book-coverTodd Phillips and Bradley Cooper, best known for their work together on The Hangover, are bringing an Isis Mini-Series to HBO based on Joby Warrick’s Pulitzer Prize-winning nonfiction novel Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS. According to Deadline, Gregg Hurwitz will write the adaptation and also act as executive producer along with director Tim Van Patten who will once again be at the helm of an HBO project.

Lionsgate’s Divergent series, aka Hot People running from stuff, plans to come to TV even if none of the actors have signed on to return. Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, and now Miles Teller have all been ambivalent on the prospect of returning with Teller saying quote, “We signed on for x amount of movies and you take that all into consideration. We wanted to see that storyline finish. You know, it’s moving into a different format. So who knows?”

Highs and Lows

  • The Olympics and Other Sports
  • Star Girl casting for Legends of Tomorrow
  • NPR with Michael Kenneth Williams July 25th
  • Starz greenlights a show called Pussy Valley
  • Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg team up for series
  • Kyra Sedgwick replaces Demi Moore in Ten Days in the Valley
  • New poster released for Luke Cage
  • Netflix remakes We Are Your Friends as XOXO
  • The Eric Andre Show
  • Rick and Morty
  • Amazon trailers: Goliath, Fleabag, Woody Allen’s Crisis in Six Scenes & One Mississippi

Twitter Questions