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Rick McCallum Talks
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STAR WARS TV Series!!

Merrick here...

CzechPosition has an interview with Rick McCallum about the long-in-development STAR WARS live action television series we've been hearing about.  Sounds like it's still a ways off, apparently the scale and complexity of the show makes it not affordable/impractical for television - at the moment. 

Select quotes appear below for your consideration.  Per CzechPosition, McCallum reveals...

“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,” he said.

[EDIT]

“Network television and cable television as we know it are completely imploding, so we’re not really sure that in five years’ time we can release a dramatic one-hour episode because it is all reality TV now,

[EDIT]

“It takes place between episodes three and four, when Luke Skywalker was growing up as a teenager, but it has nothing to do with Luke,” he said, adding that there is no young Luke Skywalker in any of the episodes. Episode three, “Revenge of the Sith” covers the time up until Luke’s birth. Episode four — the original “Star Wars” released in 1977, later called “A New Hope”— finds Luke at the start of his involvement with the Rebel Alliance. “Basically, it is like ‘The Godfather’; it’s the Empire slowly building up its power base around the galaxy, what happens in Coruscant, which is the major capital, and it’s [about] a group of underground bosses who live there and control drugs, prostitution,” McCallum said.

Reveals the article, the entirety of which can be found HERE.  There are a few more STAR WARS details discussed, as well as a bit of insight into the status of Lucasfilms' forthcoming Tuskegee Airmen adventure REDTAILS.  Be sure to check it out! 

This is so frustrating.  Sounds like they're making a television series involving all the elements I don't find particularly interesting about STAR WARS - turgid minutiae.  Hopefully such concerns won't bear out in the long run, but I'm reminded of the ramp-up to STAR WARS EPISODE I.  I.e. we were told Lucas was waiting for technology to catch-up to his vision before he could realize it, but look what we got when all was said and done.

McCallum does mention Coruscant and prostitution, so maybe this guy could be in the new show?  

 

 

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  • June 13, 2011, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Awesome!

    by cupp555

  • June 13, 2011, 10:49 a.m. CST

    No budget never stopped Doctor Who.

    by cookylamoo

    They'd film that show with a cell phone camera and a salt shaker for a Dalek.

  • Bullshit! You know how many awesome one hour drama's there are on cable tv right now?

  • June 13, 2011, 10:56 a.m. CST

    What about 12-13 Episode seasons like on cable?

    by wtriker1701

    That could save budget per year, we are accustomed to such short seasons anyway. I don't see the point for the waiting other than milking the BluRay cow first and financing the series about that route... or am I completely wrong?

  • June 13, 2011, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Who actually wants this?

    by Jay Jay

    Who is it going to be aimed at? Is there an audience for Star Wars anymore? I am, and have been since I was about 4 (I'm 37 now), a MASSIVE Star Wars fan but I can honestly say, hand on heart, that I have no interest in this. I don't think it will happen at all, actually. And George is not getting any younger.

  • June 13, 2011, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Just like Doctor Who on BBC...

    by wtriker1701

    Even there we get a mid-season break, that doesn't stop us wanting more and more...

  • June 13, 2011, 10:58 a.m. CST

    This Be My Bad Chariot

    by cookylamoo

    One of my all-time favorite lines in movies.

  • June 13, 2011, 10:58 a.m. CST

    I agree with erichaislar.

    by Zarles

    There are TONS of amazing dramas on network and cable television right now. Not sure what McCallum is on about with that statement. A well-done Star Wars dramatic series could and would be cool as shit, but I'm betting it's all coming down to money at this point.

  • June 13, 2011, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Maybe the problem is

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    that they know the show will be a pile of shit and the resale value will pale in comparison to the plethora of quality tv we are enjoying at the moment. If budget were the issue, how about ditching all the interminable cgi hijinks of background robots and aliens.

  • June 13, 2011, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Dear George Lucas, I have solved your problem:

    by smackfu

    Enough with the goddamned CGI. Get back to your roots, use models and putty. It will look better, and be less expensive. Sure, you won't be able to have a 6ft lizard-rabbit stumbling all over the screen stepping in poop, but would that really be so bad? All this series really needs to be successful is a storeroom full of alien heads, a rack of stormtrooper costumes, and some CGI lasers.

  • June 13, 2011, 11:05 a.m. CST

    its all reality tv now

    by catparade

    this is THE era for well produced hour long drama/adventure series, thats a straight up cop-out on his part. theres a ton of great looking hour long sci-fi/fantasy/adventure shows out there that get along just fine within typical budgets. heres a hint, get great writers and great actors, and the audience will be just fine without extensive 3d modelling bullshit. i mean, the best show on tv right now is filmed in the desert within an RV, so replace the RV with a Space RV and youre all set. though i dont even know why im posting in here, because i could not give half a shit if this series gets made or not.

  • June 13, 2011, 11:07 a.m. CST

    i just don't believe this statement is true

    by bgr1

    Why would they have 50 scripts at a third-draft stage for a tv show that they do not know if they will ever produce. No TV show writes more than one season of scripts at a time much less several years worth of shows. That makes no sense. Maybe they have an outline of 50 hours - but that's it. And I completely agree that the excuse that TV is nothing but reality TV is crazy. Just in the next few months we have some very ambitious series with Falling Skies and Terra Nova coming from Dreamworks. Maybe if they just focus on telling a good story they won't need the expensive special effects. Besides for them a series doesn't even need to be profitable as long as it gives them more excuses to make toys.

  • June 13, 2011, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Why is everyone involved with this TV series...

    by SpiderHarshaw

    An enormous douche? This is a franchise that has done nothing since its inception but print money, but when asked about this cash grab of a TV show Lucas and all the rest of these people do nothing but complain about how much it'll cost and what a huge risk it is for them. What joyless assholes.

  • The Star Wars that I love is the high adventure stuff of the OT. Cowboys and pirates in space. Merrick had a good line above about the "turgid minutiae" that sinks the new brand of Star Wars for a lot of us. I've been trying to remain open minded about the live action TV series, but a show about the politics of Coruscant and the various mob bosses, drug dealers, and pimps that operate there doesn't exactly scream "Star Wars" to me.

  • June 13, 2011, 11:12 a.m. CST

    smackfu

    by DonLogan

    took the words right out of my mouth. Rick says, "the problem we have is there is a lot of digital animation". No fucking surprises there.

  • June 13, 2011, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Lucas and McCullum just don't get it....

    by Legolars

    First of all, you don't need advanced technology to tell a good story. You don't even need a lot of money to make a movie or tv show look good. The first Star Wars was made on a shoestring budget (compared to today's blockbusters). Lucas is delaying this for the wrong reasons. Second, absolutely no one wants to see a Godfather style story about gangsters in the Star Wars universe. What is Lucas thinking? This interview only confirmed what I feared. There is absolutely no reason to believe that this show will be any good.

  • June 13, 2011, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Christ, this sounds absolutely awful

    by SmokingRobot

    'The Godfather Meets Star Wars'? They did that in a computer game 15 years ago called 'X-Wing Alliance'. Hell, I could write a better backstory for a SW tv show.

  • Guess Rick McCullum hasn't seen Game of Thrones yet.

  • June 13, 2011, 11:26 a.m. CST

    No Tony Awards talkback?

    by Himbo

    I kid. I kid. Only good thing Tony Awards ever did on TV was cause Homer's urge to kill to rise. I hope NPH had a good time and gets more work out of it.

  • Remember all the great TV shows that were on air around the middle of the decade? 24, LOST, Buffy, The X-Files, Prison Break (season 1!), Heroes (season 1), The Wire, The Shield, The Sopranos to name but a few.... It was a real golden age for televison - where the medium came of age and we were getting action, drama and excitement that totally rivalled what was in the cinema. Sure there's still a few gems like Breaking Bad, Mad Men - but it all seems to have gone bust now.

  • George, there comes a point in any killing spree where you turn the gun on yourself...

  • June 13, 2011, 11:28 a.m. CST

    templesweeper

    by templesweeper

    Why can't we get some fully CGI animated movies in the style of the Old Repulblic game trailers. Have you guys seen that stuff? Look it up on You Tube. It is freaking awesome!

  • June 13, 2011, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Rick & George~> Step away from the franchise.

    by T

    Ha, I don't care. Do whatever. By the time this comes out, we will be able to live our own damn version of Star Wars- like that Better Than Life game from Red Dwarf- millions of Nerds will die. Myself included.

  • June 13, 2011, 11:33 a.m. CST

    They are always talking up how well Clone Wars is doing

    by SoupDragon

    Considering the inbuilt fanbase, isn't Star Wars less of a risk than the average tv project? Droves of people would tune in for season 1, out of curiosity value, if nothing else. If McCallum is worried that the viewers wouldn't stick around then he can't have much creative faith in the project.

  • June 13, 2011, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Who gives a shit really?

    by Volstaff

    I hope it never gets made, and that Lucas Stops milking this dead cash cow. seriously it's kind of embarrassing at this point. He had the chops when he was younger, he could've branched out and done other things, but no he grabbed hold of that Star Wars tit and has not taken his mouth off it since. Thank you for American Graffiti and for Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back and for technical innovations in special effects and sound. Now please, if you don't have anything new to contribute, just stop. And quit surrounding yourself with these yes man turds like Mcallum.

  • June 13, 2011, 11:35 a.m. CST

    who's NOT gonna watch a star wars tv show?

    by Anakin_Piecocker

    in 5 years the clone wars kids will be grown up. They'll be plenty of viewers. Theirs plenty of live action 1 hour drama shows that do fine. As long as they aren't crap people will watch.

  • June 13, 2011, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Game of Thrones isn't THAT expensive

    by DZG

    Not sure where this idea comes from. Game of Thrones budget is about the same as what Lost and 24 were. Nothing to report home about. Star Wars obviously needs/will have a budget more on-par with something like The Pacific.

  • June 13, 2011, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Lucas,just in case you're reading this i what i want from SW

    by DanboJohnJ

    Darth Vader,fully suited chopping up Jedi's with shit loads of Storm Troopers blowing shit up with ultra cool space weapons/robots.....for 100 episodes ,not a bunch of talky gangsters on Coruscant pimpin out Twi'lek's. Lucas doesn't even know WHY we like Star Wars.

  • June 13, 2011, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Why beat the same timeline to death?

    by simndermot

    My God, can't they come up with anything new? Did the galaxy begin when Anakin was conceived and end when he died? Nothing else interesting happened in that whole universe other than shit pertaining to Skywalkers? Take a clue from Knights of the Old Republic. A good storyline that had nothing to do with Skywalkers.

  • June 13, 2011, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Clone Wars - any good?

    by thefirerises

    Noticed those were quite cheap on Blu-ray nearby recently - are they any good?

  • June 13, 2011, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Not interesting?

    by Lummox JR

    I don't get how you could find the time between III and IV uninteresting, Merrick. This is the time period in which the game X-Wing was set, and it worked brilliantly. It's a time when the Rebellion is struggling up off its feet and the Empire is consolidating its power. Entire smuggling franchises are born as corrupt regional governors clamp down on legitimate commerce, and all who refuse to bow to the Empire are forced into hiding. This is the time when Han Solo made a name for himself. The setting is ripe for rich story arcs and fascinating new characters.

  • June 13, 2011, 11:53 a.m. CST

    The Old Republic

    by Bass Ackwards

    I find myself watching those three trailers over and over, they are more compelling than anything else the SW universe has produced the last 20 years. Too bad the game sucks. Anyways, the more I read about the tv series the more I don't care. Hope it just gets shelved and forgotten.

  • June 13, 2011, 11:53 a.m. CST

    All the Charlie Sheen and Governator jokes will be dated

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    I guess they can replace them with fart jokes, worked for the prequels.

  • June 13, 2011, 11:55 a.m. CST

    What about a Star Wars reality show?

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    Every week Jabba holds a dancing competition and when they are voted off, they're dropped into the Rancor Pit?

  • June 13, 2011, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Living in a bubble.

    by MoffatBabies

    The best (non-reality) TV in history is being made RIGHT NOW! I have to assume these guys live in their own little uninformed or mis-informed bubble. Yet they allowed Clone Wars to happen. So I'm not going to abandon all hope just yet. The direction of the thing just sounds so... underwhelming.

  • As per usual.

  • June 13, 2011, 12:02 p.m. CST

    FOR FUCK'S SAKE! Model work is EXPENSIVE!

    by irishraidersfan

    I'm so sick of the "Ditch the CG, it's too expensive!" horseshit. Model makers - expert ones at that - cost a lot of money. And again, there are more model shots in the prequels than most folk think!!!

  • June 13, 2011, 12:03 p.m. CST

    What bullshit

    by twogunjames

    You have to wait for technology? It's too expensive? Fuck you guys. You print your own money at lucasfilm. Not that I'm really all that excited about a "live action" series shot on green screen. My advice, build sets, hire model makers, and only use the CGI to clean up matte lines. That would be a live action show.

  • June 13, 2011, 12:05 p.m. CST

    and every scene is so dense ...

    by durhay

    It's like poetry - everything rhymes.

  • June 13, 2011, 12:05 p.m. CST

    FUCK YOU RICK BERMAN! You ruined Star Wars!

    by StarQrtrs

  • June 13, 2011, 12:08 p.m. CST

    bgr1

    by enderandrew

    They do have 50 hours of scripts because Lucas hired writers a few years back with the goal of scripting 100 hours of the show before they did anything else. He wanted to go to a network with the whole show written, and make it a package deal. This is the same Lucas that made the prequels completely outside of the studio system because he didn't want any interference from a studio, which also means there was no editorial process. Networks often pull shows in different directions from season to season to chase ratings, and Lucas wants to avoid that. He keeps saying this is a show for a mature TV network like HBO, and he keeps comparing it to Deadwood in space. That won't be Star Wars as we know it, but Deadwood in space could be a very good show.

  • June 13, 2011, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Get the people from RED DWARF to film the series.

    by cookylamoo

    They know cheap.

  • June 13, 2011, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Simple Guide to enjoying Star Wars

    by Cory849

    1. Between 1977 and 1983 watch the following three movies: Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi. 2. Get your parents to buy you as many action figures from the Sears catalogue as they can afford at Christmas time. 3. MOVE THE FUCK ON WITH YOUR LIFE. Using this simple guide will allow you to truly appreciate an amazing piece of Hollywood adventure cinema. Thanks for reading and good look, Star Fan!

  • are the foundations of the show?

  • June 13, 2011, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Good!

    by Klytus_I.m_Bored

    Who the fuck would want to see this anyway? Godfather in space my ass - you know these "underworld bosses" are going to be CGI frogs with 9 foot legs with names like Stoopa Bar Boopa and Evilus McSatania. FUCK THAT. I'm glad that Lucas' obsessive bean-counting is finally working in our fucking favor. God I hope he and McCallum die in a fire. I really do.

  • June 13, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST

    All depends on the writers

    by richievanderlow

    If they get good writers, and uncle George doesn't exercise too much say-so, then it could be fine... but I'm not holding my breath, though.

  • June 13, 2011, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Clone Wars is a mixed bag...

    by Billyeveryteen

    Yes, it has the best lightsaber battles BAR NONE. Sadly, there's a LOT of crap. A whole episode about Mandalorin school lunches?? Sigh...

  • June 13, 2011, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Time to let go of Star Wars, everyone

    by ThurstonOne

    6 movies, an animated series, more books and toys than you know what to do with...just let it go. It's never, EVER going to be the same experience it was with the first trilogy, or anything near it. It's OK. Let go.

  • June 13, 2011, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Lucas, PLEASE stop filling in the gaps!! It's all we have left!

    by sweeneydave

  • June 13, 2011, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Why write it so it is so expensive?

    by Emperor_was_a_jerk

    Two things: Why write this huge story that requires so much technology and money to produce? Just scale down the effects and scale up the characters. Secondly, enough with the politics in Star Wars! The other day I was watching an episode of The Clone Wars (a KIDS show) and the entire episode was about taxes and trading and politics and... zzzzz... oh shit. Sorry. Dozed off even TALKING about it. I LOVE Star Wars- even loved the I-III, but enough with all the trade routs, taxes, government... zzzz..zzzzz Oh crap. There I go again.

  • June 13, 2011, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Oh and I have one word for this series idea:

    by Klytus_I.m_Bored

    Caprica

  • June 13, 2011, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Can we get a TV series about The 5th Element universe?

    by sweeneydave

  • Fuck Luke and company! The Original series is dead! Long live Star Wars in The Old Republic! The three, 4 minute trailers for the Star Wars "Old Republic" MMORPG are better than any whole movies of the prequels! If you haven't seen them, go to the youtubes and search for star wars, old republic, hope, deceived and return trailers. It is SO worth it!

  • June 13, 2011, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Star Wars only cost $11 million

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    Maybe that could go old school with it. Get Robert Rodriguez to direct.

  • June 13, 2011, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Hasn't space-gangster been done already?

    by gcodori

    Wasn't it called Caprica? Caprica showed that a decent budget and a popular franchise is no match for a poor story.

  • June 13, 2011, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Star Wars "only" cost $11 million

    by Zardoz

    Yeah, but in adjusted dollars that's about $50 million today. (Still cheap, I know!) Also, for eople comparing costs to some short season of shows: Game of Thrones is about $80 million+, Rome was $100 million, Band of Brothers, $150 million. I'm sure something like Breaking Bad is less than $30 million, but then it's hardly a SFX heavy show.

  • June 13, 2011, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Besides the fact...

    by TheAtomicCow

    ...that it features that lame basic-speaking-disgrace-of-a-Hutt Ziro and Jar Jar from time to time, the Clone Wars cartoon kicks a lot of ass! I wish they had used a character like Cad Bane in the prequels! Definitely worth picking up cheap. Which really makes me wish they would just give up on the live action and farm it out to those animators and writers when they finish Clone Wars. The animation and direction is superb for the most part and a lot of it looks just like the films at least as far as environments, vehicles, etc.. Only the obviously cartoon style characters give it away really.

  • Blah, blah 50 scripts...between 3 & 4, blah, blah. Fuck the bearded pelican faggot.

  • June 13, 2011, 12:50 p.m. CST

    I don't get it

    by Peter David

    I don't understand why in an era that's seen "Babylon 5" and "Battlestar: Galactica" on the air, not to mention fan-produced "Star Wars" videos that were produced on what I assume is a minimal budget, that anyone could use "it's too expensive" as an excuse not to do an SF TV series. I also don't understand this endless need Lucasfilms has to rechew its food. More continuity inserts? More things that happened between stories already told? Del Rey Books has been publishing the New Jedi Order for years now, set a generation after the events of "Return of the Jedi." Move beyond Luke to Luke's offspring, although I'll wager that Mark Hamill would be totally up for doing some appearances as elder statesman Luke. Hire Tim Zahn and Kevin Anderson to ramrod it creatively, plus Marc Guggenheim for additional TV savvy, give them a reasonable budget that won't break the bank, and turn them loose. You'll have 22 scripts that you can produce within budget in a few months. PAD

  • June 13, 2011, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Save Star Wars! TAKE IT AWAY FROM LUCAS AND LUCASFILM!

    by NeonFrisbee

    Give it to someone who cares about it and knows how to write and direct.

  • I heard their midichlorians were off the charts.

  • June 13, 2011, 12:59 p.m. CST

    What About The Kybur Crystal??

    by NeonFrisbee

    Didja know that Luke cut off Vader's hand *before* Vader cut off his? IT'S TRUE! Read "Splinter of the Mind's Eye" to find out all about the world of Star Wars in between Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back!

  • June 13, 2011, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Game of Thrones = $50-60M budget

    by DZG

    Not including tax rebates or return/sale of production items and equipment. And as anybody in telly production knows, budget sheets are often forced to note down full prices of rented props and costumes, etc., as a contingency in-case any damage occurs. Once production wraps, the production team then returns these items and only pay part of what they budgeted for, unless there is damage or whatever. So Game of Thrones did not cost $50-60M. Probably closer to around $40-50M.

  • June 13, 2011, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Dump the post-ROTJ continuity

    by Tom Thatcher

    We definitely don't need to see the years in between III and IV.* Admiral Akbar as a tadpole? No thanks. Instead, pull an Abrams and ditch the post-ROTJ continuity. Say, yes we authorized all those books about the rebuilding of the Republic and the attempt by the Empire to hold on to power, but it's a myth after all and here's another way it could have happened... *Unless he uses the best fan idea I have seen and make Chewie a rebel agent who was secretly in contact with Obi-wan, and who recruited a pilot and manipulated him behind the scenes to keep him near Tatooine.

  • June 13, 2011, 1:03 p.m. CST

    sweeneydave - 5th element.

    by seabiscuits

    yes please. not one spinoff from that movie ever. even 'your highness' has a prequel comic book.

  • June 13, 2011, 1:03 p.m. CST

    I Think the more important issue at hand is....

    by Wilford_Brimleys_Diabetes_Rage

    Why the Hell is Princess Leia "Carrie Fisher"..tap-dancing her way to mental illness on a Jenny Craig Commercial

  • June 13, 2011, 1:07 p.m. CST

    The basic issue is, you limit the sets like Galactica or Firefly

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    Set it mostly on a star destroyer, bounty hunter's ship, Tatooine, or whatever. If you have a different big room where they talk politics... I mean exotic planet every week... with new toys... I mean ships... being introduced contantly like Clone Wars, then the costs get out of hand. I don't think anybody would complain if you got an entertaining Star Wars series with the production values slightly higher than Battlestar Galactica or Firefly. Cutting edge CG is necessary for movies, but you can get away with much less on TV if you're smart about it and pick your battles. Sounds like they weren't with the current scripts.

  • June 13, 2011, 1:10 p.m. CST

    ROFL Prostitution in STAR WARS ...

    by MattHooper

    That's EXACTLY what parents groups want you entertaining their children with. Man, I knew Lucas had lost his fucking mind.

  • June 13, 2011, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Re: STAR WARS TV Series

    by ArmageddonProductions

    Soooooo ... Lucas actually paid what I'm assuming are union TV writers to write TWO SEASONS worth of TV shows, plus two rewrites apiece?!? Out of his own pocket?!? I mean, that's the real issue here: he dropped quite a few million into fully scripting (not developing) two seasons of a show that nobody knows whether or not is actually going before the camera? And somebody actually let this cat out of the bag? The PRODUCER, no less?!? I'm beginning to doubt this whole "Lucas is a better businessman than a filmmaker" argument ...</p><p> Unless he's trying to get the show made on A&E, I'm also not sure what the fuck McCallum's talking about. Hell, even SyFy would be willing to pump some serious long green into a "Star Wars" series, and that doesn't count the DVD and download sales. True, the ratings might not bear up to network TV, and considering Lucas's deals these days with STAR WARS shit usually means a 90/10 split between him and the distributor, meaning, even though the franchise is a license to print money, it still doesn't look all that attractive from the other side, but I'm sure that, if somebody really, really wanted it to happen, it would happen.

  • June 13, 2011, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Lucas used up my good will

    by grassh0pperunit

    Between the the Prequels and Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull of Crap, I'm done giving this guy anymore of my time and money. http://johnny-flores.blogspot.com/2011/05/evolution-of-lightsaber.html

  • June 13, 2011, 1:16 p.m. CST

    What I wanna know is...

    by djangoilbastardo

    How could they possibly get so far into development before realizing that current technology can't support it? All I hear is "We've bashed out a bunch of scripts in no time, but we lack the ability to create the dazzling eye candy needed to distract you from how half assed they are". Christ, is it that hard to, oh, I dunno...scale the shit back. And if it is that hard, just make 'em into movies. Not like they wouldn't make bank.

  • June 13, 2011, 1:22 p.m. CST

    lol not surprised one bit ...

    by GINGE_MUPPET

    Will be more political nonsense ... While the ACTUAL stuff we would love to see remains within video games, comics and books. Never met a clueless bunch ... I don't hate them for the mistakes, I hate them for not learning from them.

  • June 13, 2011, 1:23 p.m. CST

    cgi animation is not ...

    by Tom Fremgen

    what we want to see. Good stories in the Star Wars U is what we want. Just make it look like Battlestar Galatica, Farscape, or even Buck Rogers from the 80's and I think we will all be happy. Less is more people :)

  • June 13, 2011, 1:25 p.m. CST

    So it's going to be a Hutt-centric series?

    by MooseMalloy

    -- not exactly exciting news.

  • Uhhhhh....HBO....SHOWTIME....STARZ... What the hell do they mean 'not affordable'? Get with the damn right channel and you'll be fine!

  • June 13, 2011, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Use lots of old x-wing footage, intercut with currect characters.

    by cookylamoo

    No one will never know the difference.

  • June 13, 2011, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Face it....

    by Peter Yates

    ....when it does arrive, you'll all watch it. Then, you'll dissect every minute of footage on these talkbacks. Lucas could produce a digital image of a steaming pile of shit and still make money. (Yeah I know, The Phantom Menace hur hur!)

  • June 13, 2011, 1:36 p.m. CST

    And not a single fuck was given.

    by DickBallsworth

    This is one dead horse that not even ILM can resurrect.

  • June 13, 2011, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Just give some NEW stars wars pronto!!!!!!

    by j2talk

    Come on people, give us some new live action starwars pronto. no regular TV series,fine, but how about a movie? a miniseries? a TV movie? something...

  • June 13, 2011, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Time to remake A New Hope

    by ReportAbuse

    With cgi instead of models, and a whole new cast that modern audiences can identify with! I vote for Jesse Eisenberg for Luke and Mila Kunis for Leia. Ryan Reynolds as Han Solo. Add a rap / nu-metal soundtrack and you've got a winner!

  • June 13, 2011, 2:01 p.m. CST

    @gcodori - Caprica

    by havok2063

    I would say that Caprica got canceled because it lacked a lot of action that most people want to see, or at least, that Sci-fi thinks that most people want to see (as evidenced by their cancelation of Caprica and immediate development of the action-oriented 1st cylon war, Blood and Chrome) I rather enjoyed the story. It was a refreshing, unique story that focused on character instead of action and was much more subdued. I'll take that any day of the week over action.

  • June 13, 2011, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Thank you, Klytus

    by NixEclips

    That made my day. Klootus Bom Bootus or whatever. Ha!

  • June 13, 2011, 2:08 p.m. CST

    George Lucas

    by windomearle39

    He was on TV last night at the Canadian Grand Prix - anyone ever seen him wear anything other than jeans and a checked shirt?

  • June 13, 2011, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Solo dropping his load

    by deelzbub

    and getting in debt with Jabba

  • June 13, 2011, 2:11 p.m. CST

    good call, Peter David

    by spidercoz

    Zahn already wrote what's basically ep 7-9 years ago, problem is you'd have to cut off George Lucas' arms to get him to let go of the reins that much McCallum makes it sound like they're doing a Black Sun series, though I doubt it'll be that cool A Black Sun show, on HBO or at least FX, would be like sci-fi Sopranos, I'd watch that

  • June 13, 2011, 2:11 p.m. CST

    George Lucas gets too much crap from fans...

    by impetus

    ...a good chunk of that well-deserved enmity should go to his bobble-headed "creative" team.

  • June 13, 2011, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Sounds like Caprica....

    by evolution1085

    Take all the fun stuff out of the source material and make a story no one wanted instead.

  • June 13, 2011, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Really lame. Lucas, speak to Steven Moffat how to do Sci-Fi on a budget.

    by HarryBlackPotter

    Doctor Who manages with little cash to make awesome sci-fi tv, so this 'too damn' expensive thing from multi-billionaire Lucas sounds preposterous. And honestly, I couldn't give a fuck. Lucas showed he's lost it with the prequels (although the kiddy clone war show is ok), and I'm not going to hold my breath for him to deliver greatness. He gave us a wonderful, epic trilogy for which we will be forever grateful, but please, let Star Wars die with some fucking dignity.

  • Sure, there's a million channels of shit, but there's also HBO (which we get in the UK as SKY Atlantic) and from that we get Soprano's, The Wire, Game of Thrones and the fucking incredible Boardwalk Empire. So who the fuck are Lucasfilm talking to? The fucking Shopping Channel?????

  • June 13, 2011, 2:25 p.m. CST

    You know what's HILARIOUS?

    by TDH1138

    None of you dumb-asses knows what actually goes into a Shows production and when you're playing with your own money (because you don't want anyone calling the shots but you). Moffat didn't Pay for BSG to get produced, the studio did. Let's throw on top of that that it took HOW MANY years to get those season out and how long were the breaks inbetween each 1/2 season? Did you also know BSG was cut short due to budget concerns? And you should remember, BSG had NO Alien Worlds. NO Aliens. The SFX space battles done for BSG can be done by an Animation Student with skills and a great system. OH and if you're going to compare BSG (which do NOT get me wrong, I LOVE it), lets compare ratings on their Finales? The Clone Wars Season 1 Finale beat the BSG SERIES Finale in the ratings. As for the shows content, the reality is, THIS is the stuff OT fans are waiting on. It's essentially Deadwood in the SW Universe. Boba Fett & the Bounty Hunters, Hutts and the Empire gaining Power. You'd think practical effects would be cheaper, but not on something like this. This isn't real world "Nolan" stuff, this is the stuff from a galaxy Far, far away... It's pricey. And I've already mentioned BSGs effects... they weren't as involved as you'd think.

  • June 13, 2011, 2:25 p.m. CST

    I've Got a Bad Feeling About This: The Game Show

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    Each week contestants are placed in jeopardy either by a food challenge or a large hungry alien (who is also taking a challenge for the spin off series on their planet). So it often becomes a show within a show, delving into the behind-the-scenes politics of a game show. That seemingly never changes, whatever universe you’re in. Aaron Sorkin can produce.

  • June 13, 2011, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Peter David? PAD? For real or wannabe...?

    by wtriker1701

    Well, I'd assume the latter, shouldn't I? Would be like boborci passing by....

  • June 13, 2011, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Maybe it's time to let JJ reboot the damn thing

    by freerangecelt

    Worked great for Star Trek! ;p

  • Ugh...

  • June 13, 2011, 2:31 p.m. CST

    People don't understand this story

    by enderandrew

    It wasn't that Lucas had scripts writen that he can't film. And he is pitching the show at HBO who has money. The issue is that Lucas is asking HBO to pay top dollar for 100 episodes as a package deal, which HBO isn't willing to do. So the two sides are having a financial stand-off. Lucas needs to find a way to film the series a bit cheaper if HBO is going to buy a package upfront of 100 episodes. They didn't do that for The Wire, Sopranos, Deadwood, etc.

  • June 13, 2011, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Y'know who's name sounds like a Star Wars name?

    by Klytus_I.m_Bored

    Persis Khambatta

  • June 13, 2011, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Drugs and Prostitution

    by PlayerHater_of_the_year

    Just scream Star Wars. Because that's what Star Wars was always missing, gritty realism and vice(sarcasm in case you missed it). This guy is a fucking idiot. The best hour long scripted shows in the history of television are happening now even on standard networks. Not that I have any faith that these clowns could make a decent Star Wars series. The best Star Wars on screen in decades has been the Bioware TOR trailers, epic space adventure not a shitty Rome/Sopranos in space knock off. Remember this guy has convinced himself that they made "good" movies. I hope this does happens just for the Plinkett reviews.

  • June 13, 2011, 2:36 p.m. CST

    @wtriker1701 - That's the real Peter David.

    by V'Shael

    He comments sporadically on the site, has confirmed it's him on his own blog, but has never been given a black box by the AICN mods.

  • June 13, 2011, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Remember in the early 2000s...

    by Klytus_I.m_Bored

    I think it was before AOTC came out and McCallum said something in an interview like "in Episode 2 we'll find out why Boba Fett hates Luke Skywalker and the Jedi so much in the original trilogy!" Uhhh.... this guy doesn't even understand the source material. What a fucking retard.

  • June 13, 2011, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Klytus Im Bored

    by SHADOWPRIME

    Stoops Bar Boopa? That is just GOLD- too too too TOO FUNNY because it has the terrifying ring of truth. Seriously- hilarious!

  • June 13, 2011, 2:52 p.m. CST

    You know what that means...

    by ObiBen

    Space Traffic: The Series. 50 hours of staring at boring people in from of a Coruscant bay window overlooking bazillions of pixel specs whizzing by...

  • June 13, 2011, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Lucasfilm is a wretched hive of scum and villainy

    by Deathsticks

    I should have known, it was Zuckuss all along.

  • June 13, 2011, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Satr Wars

    by D Jones

    I don't care what he does I just want Blu Ray versions of the original trilogy untouched no special editions just better sound and picture and I will be happy.

  • June 13, 2011, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Damn

    by D Jones

    meant Star Wars as my header

  • June 13, 2011, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Seriously, who does want this?

    by FastEddie8139

    It sounds like the Star Wars-universe version of The Wire, written by people who showed with the prequel trilogy that they're not so good with the writing. No thanks.

  • June 13, 2011, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Re: Meanwhile, This Happened ...

    by ArmageddonProductions

    http://www.beyondhollywood.com/neil-gaimans-american-gods-coming-to-hbo-with-a-40-million-per-season-budget/

  • June 13, 2011, 3:15 p.m. CST

    H E ' S F U L L O F S H I T

    by Billy_D_Williams

    I guess George and Rick no nothing about DISTRICT 9, which cost $30 million and has LOTS of realistic looking animation...you're telling me those greedy clowns can't make a TV show with a similar price point???

  • June 13, 2011, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Low budget STAR WARS would be cool.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    This would require clever shots, sets, and direction. Hindrances help art and performance .

  • June 13, 2011, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Caprica was made therefore a SW series can be

    by performingmonkey

    Seriously, check out the effects in Caprica and the way the show was shot. Surely Lucasfilm checked that out and realised their own live action series was doable?? I hope at least some of the series will be set on Alderaan with Jimmy Smitts as Bail Organa. Easy to shoot Alderaan, just do it the same as Caprica in Canada with a few CGI plates. Much harder to pull off Coruscant, of course. In fact, what the fuck is Lucas thinking even trying to do that? Especially after letting us see it in all it's movie budget glory??

  • June 13, 2011, 3:37 p.m. CST

    They have a fully realized, massive galaxy

    by Teddy Artery

    to play in... and this is what they come up with? Ugh. Lucas needs to be shown the door.

  • June 13, 2011, 3:41 p.m. CST

    About the budget thing...

    by vorlonkosh

    Many great Sci-Fi shows have been made on a limited budget. Star Trek, Babylon 5, Farscape for example. You don't need the latest, greatest effects to make a great show. Story accounts for much more than wiz bang shit. That being said, just think of how much better TNG or B5's effects would be (with the same budget, accounting for inflation) using today's tech. I think they could put a respectable show together if they would focus more on an interesting and engrossing story arc instead of waiting for technology to catch up (or whatever). I think Lucas is still too caught up in the "Form over Substance" frame of mind. I guess that works for some people, but not me.

  • June 13, 2011, 4 p.m. CST

    Fuck you Rick Berman!

    by fatjesuschrysler

    ...and sorry starqrtrs I just wanted to say it too. <p> <p> I'm very interested in a SW series but this "Godfather" idea just sucks. How about a Rogue Squadron series in the vein of BSG? Or, if we're gonna play in the time between III-IV, how about the adventures of a lone Jedi on the run/in hiding from the Empire? You could even throw in a few episodes/battles with Vader just to make it interesting and remind us this is actually Star Wars. If you absolutely have to go gangsta on us make the series about a Bounty Hunter or maybe a smuggler and there entanglements with the newly formed Empire or interactions with the fledgling Rebellion.<p> <p> I'm sure these ideas have been covered somewhere already, aside from a few video games and maybe a novel or two, I don't know much about the EU. Regardless, there has to be more interesting material to cover than "space sopranos". This is Star Wars for cryin' out loud!<p> Sense it was mentioned earlier, stop filling in the gaps between episodes and do something from The Old Republic. I haven't been this excited about a Star Wars project in a long time and it's just a video game.

  • June 13, 2011, 4:15 p.m. CST

    George Lucas Strikes Back

    by Evil Sean

    Can't remember if AICN posted this when it was new a couple weeks ago. Fake trailer about what really happened to George Lucas in the early 80s. SO FUNNY. I wish it was a true story. http://tinyurl.com/3crvaed

  • June 13, 2011, 4:30 p.m. CST

    this guy is a total fucking idiot. fuck star wars

    by THE_ONE_MAN_GANG

    yeah i said it. Star wars jumped the shark years ago. .

  • June 13, 2011, 4:33 p.m. CST

    cool hope it comes out

    by CT1

    need more star wars

  • June 13, 2011, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Who writes scripts without budgets in mind?

    by FrodoFraggins

    And who writes 50 scripts at once. Great serialized shows like Lost, Farscape and Babylon 5 would have suffered for doing that. In Farscape, Chiana and Scorpius were not meant to be long term characters, but they did such a great job and made such an impact that they were made permanent. In Lost, Ben was not supposed to be long term either. His Henry Gale was for Season 2, but again his performance was so compelling that he changed the direction of the show. In B5 and Lost, actors asked to be let go. How the hell would Lucas handle that if they have 50 scripts written? I think planning out the series that way would only work for animation. It's OK to outline the 50 episodes, but writing the scripts is nuts. I also don't understand why they keep focusing on that time period. It's like Lucas has an aversion to any period of time in which Anakin isn't alive.

  • June 13, 2011, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Turgid Minutae

    by Shubniggorath

    Ooohhhh, OK. It's Caprica.

  • Reality TV is dominate for most prime time and day-time TV, yes. But those who crave real entertainment, the 9pm+ time slots are FILLED with epic TV. Plenty of ad dollars going around there silly Ricky. He and George want to continue moving VFX over seas like Disney did with 2D. So they can pump out crappy cheaper VFX shot-after-shot and say with a forced grin that it looks "acceptable." They want to make CG cartoons and call it live-action, is all.

  • June 13, 2011, 5:08 p.m. CST

    A series in between III and IV is a great idea

    by smackfu

    I mean, the galaxy is under nazi oppression. It could make for some very compelling stories. Except George would instead focus it on Coruscant bullshit. Hey George...NO ONE GIVES A FUCK ABOUT THE POLITICS ON CORUSCANT. If you make a series, the only time I want to see that boring fucking planet is when the Emperor is on a conference call and it's outside his window, as backdrop.

  • June 13, 2011, 5:20 p.m. CST

    And again AICN has Merrick announce anything related to Lucas

    by Arteska

    And again we get a swipe at the man. Seriously this is getting ridiculous.

  • I love the Idea of having a TV series between Episodes III and IV but it should be about Darth Vader and Boba Fett Hunting down the remaining Jedi! We want to see Vader be the Bad ass we didn't really see in the prequels! Don't you see this is what everyone wants! I don't get how you don't see or realize this!!!

  • June 13, 2011, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Were Doomed!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Professor_Bedlam

  • June 13, 2011, 5:24 p.m. CST

    I want 'Justified' in the Star Wars Universe

    by SmokingRobot

    'If you're not out of the solar system in 24 hours I'll shoot you dead on sight'.

  • June 13, 2011, 5:37 p.m. CST

    My love of Star Wars died when...

    by bubcus

    ... the trade federation opened their mouths in Episode 1 and I felt like I was watching a crappy version of Spaced Invaders.

  • Get AWAY from that Dead Horse that is the Clone Wars. No more anakin skywalker. no more republic separatist, or empire politics. Get away from the timeline, or find stories that are very far removed from the 'central' goings on. Lucas can't continue to squeeze in adventures for the characters between the movies.

  • June 13, 2011, 5:48 p.m. CST

    George Lucas' imagination as flacid as his poodoo peenee!

    by AzulTool

  • June 13, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Who wants to watch TV anyway....

    by MajorFrontbum

    ....it's full of ads, that totally ruin the momentum of any show. Television is a crap medium. Either send this show direct to BluRay or make it available for download on StarWars.Com

  • June 13, 2011, 5:51 p.m. CST

    So Lucas wants to save money?

    by Valaquen

    Being broke didn't stop Star Wars in '77. Ditch the computers and get some guys to shake a piece of rubber at the screen. If the story and heart is there, it'll succeed. THAT'S what we care about, not dull CG backdrops and a shitload of to-be-eternally-revised CG 'characters'.

  • June 13, 2011, 6:07 p.m. CST

    I

    by klytusnotdead

    will not agree with klytus im bored. hey take it easy guy, no one wants to die in a fire. Lucas take your time the fans will be there, search your feelings, you know this to be true.

  • June 13, 2011, 6:33 p.m. CST

    The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles

    by Nem_Wan

    Lucasfilm has done this before. Young Indy was a very expensive production. Did it make money? Star Wars TV isn't going to happen until the price tag is low enough that they'll make their money back.

  • June 13, 2011, 6:43 p.m. CST

    The writing...

    by TDH1138

    Lucas didn't write the 50 plus hours of TV. The show is being written by a team of writers, some of which are from Deadwood, BSG, Buffy and some other shows that would surprise you. Just the material when it's produced, not by what MAY be truth.

  • June 13, 2011, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Star Wars: The Wire?

    by dailysportspages

    thats what it sounds like

  • June 13, 2011, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Did you mean: Writing

    by MajorFrontbum

    mistergreen needs a speak and spell for Christmas Harry. Do the lad a favour and buy him one!

  • June 13, 2011, 7:18 p.m. CST

    Fuck it, I'll give it a try.

    by TommyTonz

    I mean, half the time, McCallum doesn't know what he's talking about anyway. I know because I compulsively paid attention to prequel related news for 5 years. Probably used the "drugs and prostitution" bit to build up some sort of edgy hype. Don't damn it till you get more of the story. I remember everyone thinking Xmen-FC was going to be a disastrous turd of Catwoman type proportion. Patience........

  • June 13, 2011, 7:19 p.m. CST

    I used to Love Star Wars

    by mackmm

    Typed out a whole elaborate message but you know what subject says it all. I used to love Star Wars.

  • June 13, 2011, 7:28 p.m. CST

    I used to Love Star Wars

    by tbransonlives

    Same here buddy, same here.

  • June 13, 2011, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Really, This Series Should Be About Uncle Owen

    by Media Messiah

    The series should be about Uncle Owen and Biggs Darklighter's father being recruited to go on an adventure with a middle aged Obi-Wan--to try and find and save any remaining Jedi that may be out there in space trying to survive Vader and the Imperial forces who are actively hunting them down, and take them, those Jedi, if they can be found, to safe harbor. Yoda later joins them...and trains them in the ways of the force. Now, that is a series that fans will want to see. I need a job George Lucas--be a cool guy and buy the story from me. I'll sell it for not very much money.

  • June 13, 2011, 7:46 p.m. CST

    the cost of sfx and cg never goes down

    by Ye Not Guilty

    The cost only increases as the quality improves. Maybe mccallum is implying that they are planning on using outdated tech to make the show.

  • June 13, 2011, 8:05 p.m. CST

    I was hoping this would take place before any of the movies...

    by sonnyfern

    We would just follow the Jedis around on badass adventures, new characters, new situations, shit we've never seen before, explore the universe in depth. That seems like a no brainer....

  • June 13, 2011, 8:08 p.m. CST

    The only good thing about this..

    by Sicuv Uyall

    This will give more jobs to actors and FX people. And God knows America needs more jobs... if only for 1 season.

  • June 13, 2011, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Somebody earlier said it-- make this 100 episodes of Darth Vader

    by YackBacker

    Vader cooking eggs, doing his nails, levitating his girlfriends at the hair salon... who cares, just give us the Vader the prequels denied us. If George Lucas has the same approach to performing oral on a woman, he is the king of never finding the "little man in the boat."

  • June 13, 2011, 8:47 p.m. CST

    As long as there is solid writing....

    by yubnubrocks

    people will give it a pass for the effects. Best example is Dr. Who. OK fx, but the story is where it's at. BSG, while shaky at times, was another show that had good fx, but some really good stories. There's no reason to have to wait 3 or 4 years for this.

  • June 13, 2011, 8:47 p.m. CST

    District 9

    by enderandrew

    It was $30 million for two hours. It was considered low budget, and even then it had a relatively now number of effect shots per hour compared to what Lucas is used to doing. People are saying $15 million a hour should be the benchmark. Except he is asking HBO to buy 100 hours at once, and he wants to make a profit. Do the math. Again, HBO has never paid that much for a show up front. HBO will do a high budget show, but Lucas is asking for more than they're willing to do, so he's trying to work the effects side to make the numbers work. As for writers, it isn't the same writers as the prequels. Lucas scripted all three prequels (even though admitting he is terrible at dialogue). He hired others to do the live action TV show.

  • June 13, 2011, 8:53 p.m. CST

    I used to Love Star Wars

    by GINGE_MUPPET

    says it all ... Surely Lucas sits alone sometimes and thinks ... "Damn I fucked it up a bit" ... forget the money, as a movie maker SURELY he can see the prequels were 90% deeply flawed?? If not then the man is lost.

  • June 13, 2011, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Nooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by RogueWarrior65

    Two things: 1) TV is a producer's medium not a director's. 2) McCallum is douchebag who will screw up what's left of the Star Wars universe.

  • June 13, 2011, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Really?

    by Cruizer Dave

    Drugs and prostitution in Star Wars? This show's jumped the shark before it's even been filmed.

  • June 13, 2011, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Sounds like a "Sopranos" version of Star Wars...

    by Tristan

    Would work on HBO or maybe, FX. Project sounds too similar to other shows, but I'm a little interested to see the "undergroud" Star Wars stories. If they deal with bounty hunters, assassins, etc then it might be cool. While I can't imagine a "MA" rated Star Wars show, I'm more supportive of anything that's not "family" targeted. Follow Boba Fett and other bounty hunters and ill totally watch. Oh and the reality TV excuse is bullshit. Walking Dead, Boardwalk Empire, Justified, Game of Thrones, True Blood, etc. Those shows aren't good and doing well? Hey, I know...Do a ficticious Star Wars reality show!

  • June 13, 2011, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Here's an idea, Lucasfilm...

    by Triple_J_72

    ... why don't you let a mixture of average people on the street, casual fans, and diehard fans see some of the 50-odd hours of scripts you have, and the consensus will decide whether or not they give a shit about the shows and let you go ahead and produce them. Deal?

  • "24, LOST, Buffy, The X-Files, Prison Break ... Heroes ... The Wire, The Shield..." Wow. You managed to mention just about every show I never gave a shit about during that period. :-)

  • June 13, 2011, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Fuck Star Wars, I'm DONE.

    by DOGSOUP

    In three or four years when they get around to it, I will NOT be watching it.

  • June 13, 2011, 10:12 p.m. CST

    if this is never made please release the scripts anyway

    by seabiscuits

  • June 13, 2011, 10:20 p.m. CST

    What advanced effects technology did ILM use to create Harrison Ford?

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    They should use that program again.

  • June 13, 2011, 10:22 p.m. CST

    I thought they were financing this by jacking up action figure prices...

    by alienindisguise

    since Lucas gets a cut of every piece of shit sold with star wars on it. The dude's worth BILLIONS and he's bitching about a budget. Either let someone else make their mark on Star Wars or just pack it up.

  • June 13, 2011, 10:40 p.m. CST

    FUCK THIS ASSHOLE

    by PRESIDENT BALTAR

    BSG WAS MADE ON A BASIC CABLE BUDGET

  • June 13, 2011, 10:40 p.m. CST

    Lucas doesn't care about the stories so forget the HBO model.

    by Laserbrain

    This is about manufacturing a guaranteed-50-episode series expressly for syndication and to do so without any financial assistance so ensuring that the huge and continuous profits from such a venture go straight back into his own company. I hope he's got a grand plan to put those profits to philanthropic use someday because he's unlikely to redeem himself creatively any time soon.

  • June 13, 2011, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Two Points

    by DustoMan

    1. Lucasfilm doesn't have Olympic-size swimming pools of cash from licensing their own properties? I'm sure they can afford to do this on their own. 2. Why not do with in CG? Clone Wars is starting to get a little dull. They should maybe end it, and pick up doing this. Or how about going the Sanctuary or BSG:Blood and Chrome route?

  • June 13, 2011, 11:04 p.m. CST

    frodofraggins: Exactly. Sounds like Lucas and McCallum are full of BS.

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    I can buy/believe that there is at least a rough draft for a pilot script, along with a series bible and outline generally summarizing ideas for 1 to 5 seasons. But 50 completed third-draft scripts? Please.

  • June 13, 2011, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Clone Wars is self-financed in full by Lucasfilm; planned for 5 seasons.

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    There has been debate about its ratings on the Cartoon Network (which neither partly owns nor finances its production) -- if it would even be still on the air now if its entire run was not already paid for by Lucasfilm. Also, there is debate about the sales of the Hasbro and LEGO toy lines. Generally, kids (the intended target of the series) haven't been into the show or toys.

  • June 13, 2011, 11:26 p.m. CST

    But doesn't Lucas have a pool of money and jewels like

    by Dennis_Moore

    Scrooge McDuck?

  • June 13, 2011, 11:26 p.m. CST

    So, George Lucas really IS making STAR WHORES! For TV!

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • June 13, 2011, 11:47 p.m. CST

    50 hours of Trade negotiations yaa hoo

    by Phategod2

    Thats sarcasm if you missed it.

  • June 14, 2011, 12:30 a.m. CST

    "because it is all reality TV now"...

    by Dustin

    ...would someone please direct these cunts towards AMC / HBO / Showtime.

  • June 14, 2011, 12:30 a.m. CST

    "because it is all reality TV now"...

    by Dustin

    ...would someone please direct these cunts towards AMC / HBO / Showtime.

  • June 14, 2011, 12:44 a.m. CST

    I Dunno...I kinda dig this idea...

    by conspiracy

    Walking the street in 'tThe Loin at 2am sure isn't where Mellody imagined herself years ago when she first met George Lucas, but over the last year it had become almost a ritual for George to take her there every weekend. It had begun innocently enough...a sexy game played between her and George, but within a year it had blossomed into a full time fetish for her billionaire beau, his log held debauched desires springing from the shadows as familiarity and trust grew between them, until now reality and fantasy had merged into a long nightmare she knew she could not escape. Mellody's heart pounded in her bosom; she hated this "playpen" George had bought in the Tenderloin; it was old, filthy, infested and full of dangerous people...just what George wanted to lend "authenticity" to their game. She slipped the sheer stockings over her toned slim legs, the elastic gripping her ebony thighs with a "snap"; her phone rang, it was Georges lacky McCallum. "George wants to leave...you better hurry up and hit the street,..." McCallum spoke in his usual monotone, "the mood he is in today he might just let someone else pick you up if you aren't perfect." Mellody quickly pulled on the all too short latex skirt and halter top she kept in the tattered chest George had sent up to the apt, "Thank God nobody knows..or will see me" she thought to herself. Waves of shame washed over her...shame at how little it took to buy her dignity. She glanced in the mirror on her way out the door...the Princeton grad was long gone...replaced by an immoral creature of pure vice. She bumped her shooter before she reached for the door...she needed the help, it was going to be a long fucking night. George Lucas limo slowly cruised down the street as it left the O'Farrell theater, the blacked out rear window down a mail slot, McCallum sat at the wheel; he had played his part just how George had wanted for decades and this was just his latest role in the ongoing production that was life at Lucasfilms. Stopping at a light, homeless brazenly walked up and began washing the already too clean windows. "Should I get rid of them Mr. Lucas?" McCallum asked his goitered boss. From the pitch black compartment George shifted his head heavy mass and chuckled..."ahhh....that'd be 'Fuck No'; this is the real world Rick...this is what it's all about...watch this" and without lowering the window an inch more shoved a fistful of wadded up Lincolns out the window. Chaos ensued as the vagrants and addicts fought over the bounty. "HA...look at them go Rick!" bellowed Lucas, laughing so hard it shook the car. "Now get going...this Vanilla Daddy needs himself some Hot Fudge". McCallum gunned the car across the intersection...the rabble still murdering each other over the pittance left in it's wake. For Mellody...waiting was almost the worst part; and usually, depending on Georges mood and sexual needs that day, the most dangerous. Standing on the corner as she did, large drink in her hand, dressed like the most hardened of streetwalking whores, the casual passerby would think she was just another working girl, albeit a rather attractive one. A car pulled up to her, the balding obese man leaned over..."Hey...uh...you looking for a 'ride', maybe you'd like to 'party'?" Mellody felt the need to vomit...the man had his penis hanging out from under his stomach, but she dove into the role George had created for her anyway, knowing he was likely watching; "I Don't Think so Homer...you can't afford this shit" she shouted in her best Ghetto Fabulous accent as she lifted her skirt to reveal her freshly waxed vagina. The driver sped away without a response as Mellody turned to watch. "I guess he agreed" Mellody thought; a moment of humor in what was sure to be a day full of deviant activity. A honk from behind her startled her back into the moment, Georges limo sat at the curb...she walked over. "Hey baby...you looking to party?" She asked the Jaba Doppleganger in the back seat. "Oh..I don't know...whow much is this party gonna cost sugar?" George chuckled...taking a sip from the glass of Crown Royal in his hand. "Baby..I don't do shit fo less than $100" Mellody replied...George demanded the "Full Experience" and would withhold all the things in life she loved if she didn't perform the part just right. In fact..George really would pay her...but street prices only. "I don't know...how about $75?" George retorted...he loved this part...bargaining for sex...once he had made her cry when he told McCallum to drive off and leave her there for a "REAL" customer when she became offended at his saying he could get a better pussy across the street for $50, George smiled at the memory...he loved tears. The smile wasn't lost on his award show companion...she knew it was a day where she best take the offer or risk being left on the street. "You got it baby..." Mellody cooed as she slid into the back of the land yacht. George unzipped his pants...his flaccid member coddled under his flannel shirt encased girth. "I bet you LOVE the white meat don't you..." George croaked, and taking a vile from his pocket tapped out a cap full of Colombian gold into it's cap...the contents of which he then poured onto his miniscule prickhead to numb the experience and make it last more than the usual 2 minutes. Lucas Imagined Yoda doing exactly the same thing before going at it with the newest youngling Georges eyes lit up at the thought. "RICK...I have an Idea for the live action show!" the man responsible for the raping of a million childhoods screamed..."We'll make it about THIS...about ME...My Life! THIS.....THIS is Star Wars as I've always envisioned it! Head back to the Ranch Now!" Mellody sighed...maybe she dodged the bullet today, she turned to look out the window. "Oh No...you aren't done yet my chocolate princess...my genius isn't going to end this game, I need more 'inspiration'", Lucas said as he rocketed a hit up his nostriles. "Drugs and Hookers...I just realized Star Wars was always about Drugs and Hookers...and you're the star of today's episode" He pushed her head down. "If only I realized this back when Fisher was still coke whoring..." he thought...

  • June 14, 2011, 2:23 a.m. CST

    We all know this won't come out till

    by INWOsuxRED

    after the 3-D re-releases. I wouldn't be at all shocked if that is also the technology they're really waiting for, 3-D production tech and market saturation of 3-D TVs.

  • June 14, 2011, 2:38 a.m. CST

    TV disintigration

    by INWOsuxRED

    He isn't saying the quality of shows is poor, but everyone going on about great dramas are talking about shows that really aren't all that popular outside of TV critics and connoisseurs. The ratings aren't huge for most of the critically acclaimed shows. A huge majority of new network TV shows got cancelled this year. About the only real hits came in the form of clones of the dancing/singing competition variety. Add to that the tendency for the sci-fi/fantasy fan to use DVRs, streaming and torrents, that very much hurts the chances of financing via advertising.

  • June 14, 2011, 2:56 a.m. CST

    So you're saying it's "The Boarwalk Empire Strikes Back"...

    by ianlegend

    Sounds shite.

  • June 14, 2011, 4:26 a.m. CST

    Coruscant does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    It's about 'what happens in Coruscant'.... NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! My god, saw quite enough of Coruscant in TPM... and then even more in AOTC... and then almost the entirety of ROTS was also set... on fucking Coruscant. Coruscant, a wretched hive of politics and boredom. We must be careful, lest we fall asleep.

  • June 14, 2011, 4:28 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    and it's about underground gangsters who run drugs and prostitution?????!!!!!! Okay i'm a grown man but even I dont want that - STAR WARS is for ALL THE FAMILY. Lucas and Mcallum you fucking idiots. Go watch some 1950's Buster Crabbe sci-fi Flash Gordon serials... learn something.

  • June 14, 2011, 4:31 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Conspiracy, you are a sick, sick man. But a bloody good writer! Keep em coming..

  • June 14, 2011, 5:33 a.m. CST

    Ooooo, sounds gritty and stupid

    by Come_ON

    Remember when Star Wars was fun? It's getting harder to. How to make it fun again? Prostitution of course! Lets make every gritty and depressing to please fanboy assrods!! YAYYYYYYYY!!!!

  • June 14, 2011, 7:11 a.m. CST

    Do you remember when Star Wars used to be fun?

    by Jonathan Hicks

    I Do. I remember when Star Wars used to be fun.

  • June 14, 2011, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Sounds like...

    by Marshall

    Another version of Caprica but without the hot cylon.

  • June 14, 2011, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Peter David is an idoit as are many of you.

    by shutupfanboy

    The reason the cost will be high is that Lucas isn't going to confined his cast to one set location like Babylon 5 and BSG did. Yes, B5 had some great special effects that still hold up today, but they also have some pretty terrible ones as well. BSG's special effects consisted shooting things in the dark and after re-watching the premiere on BBC America, it really doesn't hold up. Lucas actually has to film some of his stuff in the daylight or on exotic worlds, that straight cast homey. Also, Kevin J. Anderson, Christ might as well let Billy the Hobo write them. Also, Zahn's Heir two parter was really weak. OMG, I didn't know it took politics for a democratic Republic to become an tyrannical Empire. I thought it took someone saying something or magically waving their hand. LOL. The plot points sound interesting to me, because they make sense. You will also get Vader hunting down and destroying the Jedi left and right which would be awesome. Its called the Dark Times, people for a reason.

  • And that's why TV in its current state sucks.

  • June 14, 2011, 7:42 a.m. CST

    president baltar

    by JamesT

    So was Farscape and if you recall SCIFI bitched about that show being expensive. Didn't they say the same thing about Galactica? That network wouldn't know a good show if it swam up and bit them on the ass!!

  • June 14, 2011, 8:06 a.m. CST

    by Anirban

    I have absolutely no interest in this tv series. HBO, Showtime, AMC, F/X, etc. are the channels I watch for amazing drama. I am assuming Rick doesn't watch any of the shows on these networks. I gave up on Star Wars after Revenge of the Sith, and believe that the link below clearly summarizes most of the feelings I have towards the series. 5 Stages of Star Wars Fandom Grief http://www.slate.com/id/2294083/ Also, I am a huge fan of the Mr. Plinkett/RedLetterMedia reviews of the Prequel Trilogy. I found those more entertaining then the Prequels. If Lucas and McCallum haven't figured it out-after all this time, as to what made Star Wars soo god damned amazing in the first place (something they forgot during the time period of the release of Return of the Jedi and the making of The Phantom Menace), then do you really think this tv show will be any different than the Prequels? Eps 4-6 are the only ones that exist in my head.

  • June 14, 2011, 8:45 a.m. CST

    So,

    by Dave Catanese

    You're going to take the part of "Clone Wars" that most people like the LEAST, ie. Coruscant underground, and make a whole live action series based around that? Good Luck.

  • June 14, 2011, 8:51 a.m. CST

    I said it before, I'll say it again......RADIO.

    by v3d

    If they want these stories told, then radio is the most economical medium. Decades ago they did Star Wars as a radio serial and they could do the same thing again. The Star Wars series owes it's genesis to radio serials that later became movie serials. It would be interesting to see Lucasfilm eschew the cgi heavy film medium to return to radio, a format that requires more of the audience.

  • June 14, 2011, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Yes lets make star wars with with no Jedi in it...

    by Charlie

    They need to just do something in the universe with Jedi and Sith ect. Old Republic or something. Unrelated to the original.

  • June 14, 2011, 10:21 a.m. CST

    There should be a Rick McCallum Vs Bob Orci steel cage match

    by orcus

    Now Orcus will like to see that on TV

  • June 14, 2011, 10:25 a.m. CST

    A battle of the Yes men would be interesting in that case

    by orcus

    No matter who loses, everyone wins!

  • June 14, 2011, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Not enough money

    by VoiceOfSaruman

    Star Wars (at least, for the mainstream general fans) is about young heroes, scoundrels and friends, robots, stormtroopers, great villains, x-wing fighters, old and wise warriors, a touch of romance...it's swashbuckler stuff with some key sounds, music, and imagery (i.e. lightsabers) that makes it unique. You don't need 50,000 clone troopers scouring giant CGI towers of Coruscant to make it work. Thank God the Jedi were killed off in Ep 3 because one hundred Jedis with lightsabers isn't any more interesting than one. Lucas and McCallum think all we want is eye candy with some cliche, bland crap thrown in between. The triple-chin masters of Lucasfilm need to realize that nothing will ever make Star Wars cool again unless they face reality and figure out what has worked and what doesn't. But they don't care, it makes money and that's enough. But less is more, guys. Darth Maul was the coolest thing about Ep 1 not just because he was a bad ass but because we only really got to see him fight twice (and the first time was very brief) and he barely said anything. Less is more. Boba Fett was cool until we saw him as a snarling 14 year old kid. (And I'm still betting money Boba Fett is in this TV show.) Mystery is magic at least with SW. But this is why the prequels never needed to be made in the manner they were, which they and their wallets could never understand. It's funny though how so many of us want to spew our frustration and disgust about this entertainment franchise, when it's so clear that Lucas decided years ago he didn't want to listen to anyone who thought anything he did should be done differently. When I think of that awful final Ep 3 scene of newly born Vader (which we didn't need to see) going NOOOOOOOO, I hear the death of my love for Star Wars, yep, it's the sad crying out from the final raping of my childhood. Because people should have been begging George day and night not to put that NOOOOO in the movie. But they were too busy putting on the finishing touches of the sound effect for when someone steps in CGI poop. Less is more!!!!

  • June 14, 2011, 10:46 a.m. CST

    I'd like to see Star Wars: The Next Generation

    by Jack

    Now hear me out here... I know Star Trek has a show with that name also but they don't have to use the name just the idea behind it. For example I'd set the show 200 years AFTER the events of Jedi. A Whole new cast, and a whole new storyline with nothing to do at all with the original movies. Perhaps have the story center around a new Jedi who is said to rival the skills of the now late Master Yoda who could make a cameo as a ghost still training the young Jedi from beyond the grave. Or perhaps you could have another Yoda like character as a mentor to the young Jedi. But bottom line is create a storyline away from the Skywalker storyline, create all new sets of issues for the new leads to have to go through. "Star Wars: The Rise of the new Empire" perhaps would be a nice title for it. Or how about "Star Wars: Knights of the New Republic" Bottom line is show us something new, and exciting which moves past the movies.

  • Seriously, how many adventures can they have with a given number of characters?

  • June 14, 2011, 11:22 a.m. CST

    McCallum

    by Shaner Jedi

    must have missed all the great HBO/cable minis or series of recent years.

  • June 14, 2011, 11:26 a.m. CST

    The NJO books with the Vong go on forever.

    by shutupfanboy

    I hated the Vong storyline and it went on 5 books too many. They should have ended it with Star by Star. Also, the other NJO stories are Luke screwing up someone's training and yet he continues to teach after the fifth Dark Lord he helps create. There are some good NJO books, but for the most part its the same old same old.

  • June 14, 2011, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Lucas' career goes in reverse...

    by squirtloaf

    Seriously. When he was a young man, he was doing story and character driven films (THX, AmGraf), and now that he is older and SHOULD be doing *mature* works and augmenting his legacy, all he cares about is the explosions. As has been said, Doctor Who kicks ass, and it has no budget...but *great* writing. This should be the target, not the prequels, which are trash. Lucas needs to look at the format (TV) and make something that is OPTIMIZED by the medium of smaller screens and longer termed story telling... Then he should forget about the notions of political/economic intrigue and give us the adventures of Bob Falfa in space...bring the fucking fun back, without the bells, whistles and BULLSHIT. Alternately: Kenny Powers in space. Just sayin.

  • June 14, 2011, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Peter David

    by Shaner Jedi

    I really think the "it's too expensive" is just an excuse right now for the fact they're unsure of the media to put it out on" network or cable. I mean, they even waited a few years too long to release the saga on blu-ray. Lucas just needs to cede the major control of the show over to some experienced producers of quality cable stuff and then be done with it.

  • June 14, 2011, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Would rather see episodes 7-9 instead

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Gravy

    With Spielberg directing them and Lucas only producing. Star Wars should be - and at one time was - too epic to be cheapened by TV treatment. Star Wars used to be one of teh by-words for a CINEMATIC experience. As for Lucas, he needs to forget giving us endless SW and Indy movies/TV series/ cartoons, etc., or at least just completely delegate responsibility for them. The man should be doing experimental THX type films like he promised he would. He was once a great artist and still has it in him to produce some very original works of that nature to this day. Even the prequels showed hints of this if you knew where to look.

  • June 14, 2011, 3:21 p.m. CST

    CHILDHOOD ASSFUCK WARS EPISODE LXIX

    by AzulTool

  • June 14, 2011, 3:38 p.m. CST

    This sounds like a waste of a good fictional universe

    by lv_426

    Star Wars and prostitution? What happened to the fun, optimistically swashbuckling adventure spirit of the original trilogy? At this rate, I just want the OT blu-ray box set and I will be content. I will have to suffer through the cheesy dance number in ROTJ, Greedo shooting first, etc. of the special edition cuts because we know Lucas will never give us the unaltered original theatrical cuts. Beyond that, maybe I'll pick up those nice big making of Star Wars books that were released over the past few years, that is when they're on sale for a decent price on Amazon. They've only done these making of books for A New Hope and Empire so far, in addition to a big one on the entire Indiana Jones trilogy. It is sad that a licensed book will probably offer better insight into the making of the Star Wars films than the extra features Lucas is including on the nearly one-hundred dollar complete saga blu-box set. He even left the ultimate Star Wars OT documentary, Empire of Dreams, out of the upcoming blu-ray sets. WTF? At this rate, I think Star Wars has been too milked for me to want anything more from it. Beyond the OT in blu, maybe a completely new epic trilogy of films set in The Old Republic, also not written and directed by Lucas. I suppose I am becoming an old grump, but I just can't shake the feeling that if people want more Star Wars, there is a shitload of Star Wars books, comics, video games, toys, fan films, etc... for them to buy, rent, or download. Or the short answer... try something new for once Mr. Lucas, or support/get out of the way so that someone else make something new. Say what you will about something like Avatar, but at least Cameron went the ambitious route to create a new fictional playground and new characters to tell stories in. In the end, I guess I am not all that surprised hearing about how clueless they seem to be in approaching more Star Wars "stuff" and in their general opinion of the current state of the TV landscape. I guess these days retreading over past glories and retelling classic stories in a horribly out of touch context is all the rage in Hollywood these days.

  • June 14, 2011, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Star Wars TV more expensive than Star Trek TV

    by Nem_Wan

    Star Trek has standing sets for the ship interior and makes heavy use of stock footage of the ship flying through space or orbiting a planet. The number of new effects shot per episode can be counted on one hand. Star Trek aliens are either humanoid or non-corporeal, rarely "creatures". Star Trek planets are typically either Earth-like or uninhabitable (and therefore not interacted with). Star Trek is set in Earth's galaxy and, when the budget is tight, can do stories involving something from Earth's past that can use stock costumes and backlots: Old West, Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes, Leonardo Da Vinci, 1940s noir, etc. Star Wars is a complete fantasy universe. Nothing can be from Earth (unmodified, anyway). Star Wars aliens are often exotic creatures that cannot be played by actors in latex. Star Wars planets are distinguished by global, extreme environments, and all the planets based on environments found on Earth were pretty much used up in the original trilogy of films. Unlike Star Trek, Star Wars rarely uses stock footage, although whether that would hold true if Star Wars had to produce as many hours as Star Trek remains to be seen.

  • June 14, 2011, 6:28 p.m. CST

    George Lucas was once a great man, but...

    by Chief Joseph

    Rick McCallum was always a sycophantic Smithers.

  • June 14, 2011, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Henceforth, you shall be known as...

    by cricklewood

    LICK McCOLON. Perfect name for GL's right-hand Smithers. ©2005 Cricklewood. I made this.

  • June 14, 2011, 8:03 p.m. CST

    I have a better idea...

    by AbsoluteTruth

    So basically there will be no Jedi in this series? Unless we see old man Ben cooking up desert scorpions or Yoda sleeping in his hut? Sounds retarded. Heres an idea....set it after episode 6.....have the main character be a jedi in training with a twin brother. The twin brother becomes the antagonist when he turns to the dark side and flees his training. Simple and you can do a lot with it. Who gives a fuck about underworld mob bosses?

  • June 14, 2011, 8:04 p.m. CST

    Why not just make this not Star Wars?

    by INWOsuxRED

    It doesn't sound like it is based on or dependent upon a core character. Jedi are pretty much gone. So you're left with space, aliens, laser guns. Possibly some magic? My guess is the scripts wouldn't require that much of a re-write to make this a different universe, which would open up the story telling possibilities.

  • June 14, 2011, 8:21 p.m. CST

    Here's the problem

    by Peter David

    Most movie SF is FX driven. Most television SF is character driven. The problem is that most (if not all) of the characters in the "Star Wars" saga are so wafer thin that you could film them in Real 3D, put the glasses on, and they'd still be two dimensional. So if they are going to develop a "Star Wars" live action series and make it financially feasible, they have to start with the basics and produce a cast of characters who are three dimensional and compelling enough that FX can assume the status that they typically do with televised SF: a backdrop against which compelling personal stories are told. Can they do CGI characters? Probably not. Here's a notion: Yoda was a Muppet. So were key aliens on "Farscape." Plus there were plenty of aliens on "Babylon 5." CGI is a wonderful addition to the tools of storytelling, but there's a fine line between a tool and a crutch. Create interesting characters, develop great stories with them, and everything else will fall into place. Even an idiot like me can see that. PAD

  • June 14, 2011, 10:58 p.m. CST

    what the fuck?? hookers???

    by celebritydave

    agree with the dude at the start of this thread - i just wanna see vader killing jedis for 100 episodes. and the dude who said KOFTR - bang on. no one cares about a jedi-less star wars, set between the two trilogies. go way back to the sith time. or past ROTJ

  • June 15, 2011, midnight CST

    "turgid minutiae" - brilliant, well said, and true.

    by kevred

    After all, what's the point of having the largest stable of all-time iconic characters of any film series, ever, if you can't ignore 'em and focus on hours of political and business-related bullshit? Can't wait to watch a three-episode arc about wrangling over trade routes and a spunky teenage girl we've never heard of who's suddenly the protagonist of the entire Star Wars universe. Any solution that doesn't acknowledge that the actors, characters, specific relationships, and locales - in that order - of the original three SW films are what everyone really cares about at the end of the day is ultimately a non-starter. The SW universe outside of those parameters just isn't that interesting, at all. And I say this as a Star Wars geek since age 6 in 1977.

  • June 15, 2011, 12:05 a.m. CST

    Peter David, agreed!

    by kevred

    It's the characters that everyone cared about in the original trilogy, and the utter lack of character that bored everyone to tears in the prequels. I can't look at any new SW character since Jedi for more than a few seconds without my eyes glazing over and an overwhelming urge to look at something else, immediately, taking over. The story of Star Wars is the Jedi and the rebellion, and the rag tag bunch of misfits navigating the mess. It's not political theater full of bland chess pieces.

  • June 15, 2011, 5:07 a.m. CST

    My friend said he saw the pilot..

    by BookhouseBoy

    My friends a lying piece of shit..

  • June 15, 2011, 9:03 a.m. CST

    What killed the Prequels - NO DARTH VADER.

    by cookylamoo

    I know that technically, he's in the movies but I'm talking about that asthmatic badass in the plastic armor who strangles you for your slightest lack of faith. Star Wars NEEDS that guy. (and Han Solo)

  • June 15, 2011, 9:59 a.m. CST

    The Old Republic is our last hope for great star wars movie.

    by droids22

    I dont know why GL won't make the film? When did a star wars film ever lose money?? This is the episode everyone wants to see! It's a waste! You have all these great artists, Steven Spielberg, sir John Williams at your disposal. You don't have to lift a finger just run around with your rubber stamp.

  • June 15, 2011, 4:40 p.m. CST

    7-8-9, 7-8-9, 7-8-9!

    by Anthony

    'nuff said!

  • June 15, 2011, 5:19 p.m. CST

    The selling out of Star wars by Lucas!

    by markus crow

    Lets be frank the Star Wars prequals were terrible, except for Darth Maul who should have gone on to to the end of the second film at least.Apart from that i feel he has let down all his true fans young and old with these new offerings.I saw star wars in London in 1977 aged 10 and was totally blown away.Saw the new films in 1999,2002,2005 and wanted to cry!Maybe the rot set in with the ewoks in ROJI One fan who feels the light has done out of the Star Wars universe.

  • June 15, 2011, 6:11 p.m. CST

    as soon as george dies..

    by celebritydave

    we will get 7-8-9 & 10-11-12 and probably the Old Republic movies.

  • TV Imploding? Why don't you tune into HBO and see the high quality shows they have made of the last decade. The Wire, The Sopranos, Curb, Rome, Deadwood, Carnival, True Blood, Band of Brother, The Pacific...... Reality TV isn't hurting GOOD programing. So just admit it McCullum, you know that whatever you two make will be shit, and that will infact hurt it, not reality TV. Seriusly Lucas, you fat necked sonofabitch, just DIE

  • June 15, 2011, 10:06 p.m. CST

    The TV Show Should be about the Adventures of Han and Chewie!

    by Mike B

    I agree with Merrick that the inter workings of the Coruscant underworld sounds boring. Most fans of Star Wars have no real connection to that stuff. While I agree that you have turmoil in the galaxy, and that the Empire growing in power makes a great backdrop for a story, the stories should be character driven and not driven by the "Space Opera" itself. Therefore, take two of the most memorable characters in that universe and tell their origin story, and fill in those blanks with some well told stories. For instance, it's been rumored that before Han became a mercenary, he was a member of the Imperial Navy. How did that happen? Why is he so cynical now? There's a good story there. How about a story about how Han and Chewie met? Or How about the story of Chewie's Lifedebt to Han. Did Kashyykk fall to Transdoshan Slavers after the fall of the Republic? Was there a Wookie revolution that somehow involved a young idealistic Solo, who ended up disobeying orders to saved Chewie at the expense of becoming a wanted felon of the Empire? Perhaps there's a fun story to be told about how Han met Lando, the adventures they shared, and how he acquired the Millenium Falcon. Just imagine Han and Chewie's first jump to HYPERSPACE with a newly outfitted hotrod YT-1300. Han eventually builds a reputation as a cunning smuggler, eventually taking on business from high paying clientele such as Jabba The Hutt. Best yet, how about telling the story behind how Boba Fett got involved. The opportunity for great story telling exists with THESE characters. And it doesn't have to cost hundreds of millions of $$$ in mostly CGI characters and environments. Most importantly, it can be done with characters that EVERYONE cares about, and already have compelling backstories that have never been told in depth. That's the show I'd love to watch!!!

  • June 15, 2011, 11:54 p.m. CST

    A prostitute for Yoda

    by Pizza The Hut

    Don't wanna go there... Young Han & Chewie adventures sounds like a better plan.

  • June 16, 2011, 2:43 a.m. CST

    IIf had a couple hundred million extra lying around

    by droids22

    I'd make the old republic movie and give all the profits to charity. I'm not greedy or mean spirited.

  • June 16, 2011, 4:26 a.m. CST

    Prostitution? In STAR WARS?????

    by Longtime Lurker

    That is just foolish, stupid and wrong. I agree with basehunter that the light has gone out of the Star Wars universe. Also, right again, the rot set in with Jedi. Sadly, the ewoks were not the only reason.

  • June 16, 2011, 4:44 a.m. CST

    And as for the prequels.....

    by Longtime Lurker

    They are, in sum and in detail, ABYSMAL. The entire story of Vader and his origins should be scrapped and rebooted leaving NOTHING of that mess except what we learned in the OT days (i.e. the "volcanic pit" and Vader being Luke's father, etc.). Seriously, I'll bet there is fanfic out there somewhere that is better than "the official story."

  • June 16, 2011, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Isn't Clone Wars nothing BUT digital animation?

    by Tom Arnold

    ...I r confrused.

  • June 16, 2011, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Dear George Lucas, go watch Farscape

    by Datascream

    See how they used great looking CG with practical effects and make it look interesting and fun. For gods sakes The Henson Studio needs work!

  • June 16, 2011, 12:27 p.m. CST

    THIS JUST IN: MOVIE QUALITY CGI/FX IS EXPENSIVE

    by Darth Busey

  • June 16, 2011, 12:28 p.m. CST

    THIS JUST IN: GEORGE LUCAS HAS EITHER FOGOTTEN WHAT MADE SW GREAT,

    by Darth Busey

  • June 16, 2011, 12:29 p.m. CST

    FOCUSING ON THE CGI/FX INSTEAD OF WHAT MAKES A GOOD STORY = FAIL

    by Darth Busey

  • June 16, 2011, 12:30 p.m. CST

    35+ YEAR STAR WARS FAN WHO IS FED UP WITH BEING ASKED TO EAT SHIT

    by Darth Busey

  • June 16, 2011, 12:30 p.m. CST

    STAR WARS = SWEEPING ADVENTURE, HERO'S JOURNEY...NOT BACKROOM POLITICS

    by Darth Busey

  • June 16, 2011, 12:33 p.m. CST

    THERE IS NO WAY A LIVE ACTION TV SHOW IS PROFITABLE ON THE FACE

    by Darth Busey

  • June 16, 2011, 12:33 p.m. CST

    UNLESS HE IS GETTING MEGA-MERCHANDISING OUT OF THIS

    by Darth Busey

  • June 16, 2011, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Can't wait to see Lucas's take on drugs and prostitution...

    by in6087

    Wonder if people will still be smoking the highly marketable "deathsticks"