Battlestar Galactica creator on his nixed Star Wars TV show

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Ronald D Moore helped to write almost 50 scripts for George Lucas’ abandoned TV series…

Outlander and Battlestar Galactica creator Ronald D Moore has been chatting about the near-mythical live-action Star Wars TV project that never was. In a new interview with Collider, Moore confirms that he was one of the scribes hired to tackle the massive series set in a galaxy far, far away back in 2004. Doctor Who‘s Chris Chibnall was also reported to be among the other writers picked by George Lucas to work on the show at the time.

“I was one of several, there was a bunch of international writers they assembled… we would gather up at Skywalker Ranch once every six to eight weeks, something like that. And we would break stories together, and right after we’d go off and write some drafts and bring ‘em back, and George and we would sit down and critique them, and then do another draft and break more stories…

“It was great! It was a ball, it was a lot of fun. It didn’t happen ultimately, we wrote I’d say somewhere in the 40-something, 48 scripts, something like that… the theory was George wanted to write all the scripts and get ‘em all done and then he was gonna go off and figure out how to produce them, because he wanted to do a lot of cutting edge technological stuff with CG and virtual sets and so on.

“And so he had a whole new thing he wanted to accomplish. And what happened was, you know, we wrote the scripts and then George said ‘OK, this is enough for now, and then I’ll get back to you. I want to look into all the production things.’ And then time went by and like a year or something after that is when he sold Lucasfilm to Disney.”

Moore has found plenty of success since he had to say goodbye to Star Wars, including his recent Apple TV+ series, For All Mankind.