Ronald D. Moore might not be immediately recognizable to you by name, but if you're a lover of science fiction television, you've probably watched his work in the 30 plus years that he's been active as a producer and writer. Moore has helped to bring fans the Star Trek series The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager, plus the still beloved (except for that wild ending) Battlestar Galactica reboot on SyFy, as well as the time traveling romance Outlander, and the Apple TV+ show For All Mankind. Now, Moore is opening up about possibly working on a Star Wars TV show, nearly a decade after a failed project with George Lucas.
While Ron Moore clearly has an undeniable connection with some of the most beloved sci-fi / fantasy shows to ever air on the small screen, one big genre nut he was unable to crack was Star Wars. Moore had worked on a project with George Lucas in the years leading up to Disney's eventual purchase of Lucasfilm, which happened in 2012, to try and bring a television show to ABC. Moore recently spoke with The Hollywood Reporter, and when asked if he still wanted to work on a Star Wars project, especially now that several live action shows are on the air or in the works, Moore said:
It's always something that's on my mind but clearly, they have their Star Wars plate full at the moment. I'm not sure this is the moment that you go in and pitch a new Star Wars series over there. I would love to do something in that franchise. It was fun to go work on the abortive live-action show that I did way back when. I got a tremendous amount of thrill of writing lines for Darth Vader in one episode and it would be fun to do that again. It's just not the first piece of development I'm doing over there but hopefully I'll be allowed to do that at some point.
If you loved watching any of Ron Moore's shows in the past, and are also a lover of Star Wars, how could this idea not thrill you? It's obvious that Moore is still very much interested in being able to sink his writer's teeth into the wide variety of stories still possible in the world of Star Wars, but he feels like right now, with The Mandalorian already a huge hit and another 10 shows in development, it's just not the right time to try and dive into whatever idea he may have.
However, it does sound like Moore had a lot of fun working on the previously planned ABC series, and considering that he got to write for Darth Vader, it's no wonder. Details on that failed project were always very secretive, but, it was said to have been set between the prequels and the original trilogy, and dealt with "rival families struggling over the control of the seedy underside of the Star Wars universe and the people who live within the subterranean level and air shafts of the metropolis planet Coruscant."
Apparently, the reason why we're not still watching this fantastic idea unfold on TV right now has a lot to do with the overwhelming cost of the potential series, along with Disney not wanting to stretch the franchise too thin prior to the release of the Rey / Finn / Poe sequel trilogy and other films like Rogue One.
For his part, Ron Moore might not be willing to try his Star Wars pitch right now, but he's still very enthusiastic about where the franchise is going, and added:
I used to read the novelizations and the comic books in between movies and you saw what a rich universe it was and how many stories you could tell in so many different ways. The idea that they are now spreading out the Star Wars saga as not just the main line of the Skywalker story but doing things like The Mandalorian and all these other shows … I can't wait to see all the different possibilities that get opened up.
Neither can we, Ron Moore. Neither. Can. WE. You can watch two seasons of The Mandalorian on Disney+ right now, with shows like Andor starring Diego Luna, a possibly Donald Glover-filled Lando, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Rosario Dawson's Ahsoka (and many more) coming along in the near-ish future.