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Star Wars live action TV show still on hold

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Monday, June 13, 2011

Remember a long time ago in a decade that's now far, far away, the plan was to make and broadcast a live action Star Wars television show? Set between the end of Revenge of the Sith and the start of A New Hope, SWTV would introduce us to a whole new group of characters as the Empire consolidated its power and Darth Vader eliminated the surviving Jedi from the galaxy.

When the idea for the show was first mentioned, it was supposed to premiere a couple of years after 2005's release of Sith. Now it's 2011 and there's still no indication that a Star Wars TV show would be ready for eyeballs within the next five years.

In a new interview with a Czech website, producer Rick McCallum gives us an update on why there's a delay. "The TV series is on hold, but that has nothing to do with the Czech Republic; it has to do with [the episodes being] so ambitious," McCallum told the guys at Czech Position. “We have 50 hours of third-draft scripts, but the problem we have is there is a lot of digital animation; we don’t have the technology yet to be able to do them at a price that is safe for television. Since we would be financing them, it would be suicide for us to do this [now]. So we are going to wait three or four years."

Here's the problem: you think that the guy who owns Industrial Light & Magic wouldn't have a problem with how he'll create the special effects in the Star Wars show. The thing is, this is consistent with the way Lucas operates: let other people spend the money on R&D, then when the technology is ready, use it for his own projects. If Universal hadn't spent the bucks to make CG dinosaurs for Jurassic Park, there wouldn't have been a digital Jabba the Hutt in the Star Wars Special Edition movie. And it's precisely this nickel and diming that's killed the spark of creativity from the Star Wars prequels.

George Lucas may have once claimed to be a man who wanted to push ahead filmmaking with innovation but the proof is plainly visible now that he's a businessman. Whereas a visionary like James Cameron will spend the money to create a movie like Avatar, Lucas is content to wait for the other guy to do it. Making a viable Star Wars TV show is less about special effects and more about writing a compelling story. Look at Battlestar Galactica to see how it can be done right. The fact that Lucas has already banged through and banked 50 one-hour scripts without one scene being filmed tells you that this won't be an organic storyline that evolves season after season; it's about making a product for a certain cost, and then selling that product for a profit.

Sorry that this has turned into an editorial rather than a straight news piece but someone has to say it. If you want to read more about what the storyline will emcompass, hit Czech Position for the full details.

-Czech Position.
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Considering the writing quality in the prequels, it's probably for the best that this never sees the light of day. Lucas' enthrallment with his billions actually works to the world's advantage this time around.

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Posted: 10 years 31 weeks ago

 If Lucas is worried about what a network will pay, here's what he should do...

 

Make the LucasFilm Network. All the ad-money goes STRAIGHT to him, he can set it up as a REAL Science Fiction channel (i.e. NO WRESTLING!!), and fans would flock to it.

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Posted: 10 years 31 weeks ago

The only humane thing for technology to do is for it never to let itself progress to the point where Rick feels comfortable making the show.

Doctor Who doesn't give a damn about production value.  People like it.

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Posted: 10 years 31 weeks ago

Doctor Who doesnt WHAT, Goiter????

Jesus, sure it doesnt rank with Battlestar Galactica or Babylon 5 but it DOES give a damn about it's production values... if you dont think so, go back ad watch any Doctor Who from 1960 -1983 where some of the ...wait, scratch that... ALL of the production values sucked for complete shit... and yes i admit people liked it (I dont know why) but the current stuff is great!

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Posted: 10 years 31 weeks ago

and also i for one never had any faith in ever living long enough to see this show on TV... one of the last articles stated that the wanted to film over 100 episodes before finding a network to air it on... now it seems they were talking about scripts only but still...who the FUCK actually DOES THAT???

if the episodes are so abitious to make them cost-prohibitive perhaps they should scale back on the blue screen per episode and use real sets instead of CGI? i mean it worked for Star Trek... and everything else.

i just think it's silly that Lucas is one of the richest producers on the planet and MONEY is what is holding back a TV show? SCALE IT BACK. jesus.. dont be stupid

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Posted: 10 years 31 weeks ago

Warcry.. i agree... he should buy his own network.

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I was talking about all of Doctor Who, mckracken. I wasn't specifying an era. Also, take a look at the Atraxi. It's a pretty cheap CG render. Look at Lady Cassandra, the beast in the Van Gogh episode, etc.

They spend more on the show than they used to, but they still care more about story than effects.

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Posted: 10 years 30 weeks ago

i just finished watching The Demon Run... which apparantly ended this season with Matt Smith since it ended with "Dr. Who will return at the end of summer 2011"... and to be honest, I have a hard time remembering who orwhat all the aliens that have been on the show... I do know it's nice to see a familiar Alien race now and again (or like this episode ALL those familiar faces) but yeah... there are a lot of them.