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George Lucas Plans 'Star Wars' TV Series

AP

Posted: 2007-10-17 09:06:45

Filed Under: Movie News, TV News

LOS ANGELES (Oct. 17) - The Force may soon be coming to a television near you.

 

George Lucas said Tuesday he is planning a live-action television series spinoff of the "Star Wars" film franchise. Lucas told The Los Angeles Times he has "just begun work" on the series, which will not include the films' major characters Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader.

 

"The Skywalkers aren't in it, and it's about minor characters," Lucas told the Times.

 

Lucas wouldn't reveal details, but joked that the series would be about "the life of robots."

 

Lucas already has another television series in the works. Lucas Animation has been working for months on the computer-animated "Star Wars: The Clone Wars."

 

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2007-10-17 06:56:09

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Personally, I'd love if the series took place during the missing time period between Episodes III and IV, and maybe focus on the backstory of a young Han Solo and Chewbacca back when they met, how they came to be partners, etc. And you can of course introduce a whole range of new characters or even younger/older of characters from the old/new trilogies.

 

As far as a show about all new "minor" characters, I will quote from the movies and say "I have a baaaad feeling about this...".

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  • 3 months later...
Star Wars: The Clone Wars In Theaters and on Television in 2008

 

A new era of Star Wars entertainment begins in 2008 when Star Wars: The Clone Wars, from creator George Lucas, premieres as an all-new feature film in August, followed by the television series debut in the fall, in a partnership announced today between Lucasfilm Ltd., Warner Bros. Pictures and Turner Broadcasting System Inc.

 

Produced by Lucasfilm Animation, Star Wars: The Clone Wars takes audiences on incredible new Star Wars adventures, combining the legendary storytelling of Lucasfilm with an eye-popping, signature animation style. Star Wars: The Clone Wars will open in North American theaters Friday, August 15. International release dates will be announced soon.

 

"I felt there were a lot more Star Wars stories left to tell," said George Lucas, executive producer of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. "I was eager to start telling some of them through animation and, at the same time, push the art of animation forward."

 

The theatrical debut of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is only the beginning of all-new Star Wars adventures that continue in the fall when the long-awaited television series premieres on Cartoon Network, followed by airings on TNT. Details regarding international broadcasts will be announced shortly. Star Wars: The Clone Wars showcases an entirely new look and feel to the galaxy far, far away -- combining the expansive scope of the Star Wars Saga with state-of-the-art computer-generated animation. Each week, viewers will see a thrilling, 30-minute "mini-movie" created by the talented artists at Lucasfilm Animation.

 

On the front lines of an intergalactic struggle between good and evil, fans young and old will join such favorite characters as Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Padmé Amidala, along with brand-new heroes like Anakin's padawan learner, Ahsoka. Sinister villains -- led by Darth Sidious, Count Dooku and General Grievous -- are poised to rule the galaxy. Stakes are high, and the fate of the Star Wars universe rests in the hands of the daring Jedi Knights. Their exploits lead to the action-packed battles and astonishing new revelations that fill Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

 

"Warner Bros. and Turner are uniquely positioned to deliver on the enormous potential of The Clone Wars because together they offer a world-class opportunity: the theatrical and home-video distribution of Warner Bros. and the broad reach of the Turner Networks," said Micheline Chau, President and Chief Operating Officer of Lucasfilm Ltd. "This terrific combination hits the key demographic groups, ranging from kids to adults, that make up the Star Wars audience."

 

Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. Pictures President of Domestic Distribution, added, "This is a breakthrough project -- returning Star Wars to the big screen in a completely new way while beginning an exciting new chapter in George Lucas' legendary saga. We immediately felt that it would be a fantastic theatrical event and are thrilled to be bringing it to moviegoers."

 

"Nothing like this has ever been produced for television," said Stuart Snyder, President/COO Turner Animation,Young Adults & Kids Media. "For 30 years, Star Wars has shown that it appeals to a huge breadth of fans. The Clone Wars on Cartoon Network will be appointment television for everyone in the family. We're thrilled to be working with Lucasfilm again and very excited to be playing a role in bringing this remarkable adventure to viewers."With a new story each week, Star Wars: The Clone Wars continues the tradition of thrilling stories, astonishing visuals and extraordinary music that have always been the hallmarks of the Star Wars Saga.

 

Lucasfilm Animation, which is based in Marin County, Calif., with a studio in Singapore, has produced more than 30 all-new episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and production continues on even more exciting episodes.

 

The first in a planned series of special web-only documentaries that chronicle the development of Star Wars: The Clone Wars debuts online today, and can be found here.

 

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So this live action TV show is apparently still a thing.

 

Lucasfilm asshat mouthpiece Rick McCallum recently did a video interview while apparently doing press for the Lucas produced Red Tails. The highlights of the interview:

 

* Working title is Star Wars: Underworld and will apparently focus on bounty hunters, gangsters, and other Mos Eisley types. No word on any Jedi vs Lycon vs Vampires or leather clad Kate Beckinsale action...yet

* 50 scripts are written (1 hr format)

* Budgeting around $5million per episode

* Will be very heavy on CGI

* Lucas is apparently waiting on the technology to advance and/or become cheaper and decide on a distributor (cable, network, Internet, etc.) before even thinking of beginning production

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McCallum recently did another interview, nothing really new from this form the interview back in January--still 50 scripts done, costing a projected $5-6 million per episode, etc.. However, he says it will not be a TV show aimed at kids. It will be "Deadwood in space."

 

Our biggest problem is that these stories are adult. I mean…these are like Deadwood in space. It so unlike anything you’ve ever associated with George before in relation to Star Wars. These aren’t for kids. I mean, we hope they’ll watch, but it’s not being targeted at 8-to-9 year old boys.

 

Swerengen w/ a lightsaber? I could maybe get with that...

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