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post Star Wars live action show starting pre-production

September 11th, 2009

Filed under: Star Wars: Live-Action — admin @ 3:17 pm

Steve Sansweet (“Future of Star Wars” panel at Dragon*Con) officially acknowledged the Live Action TV series and gave a rough timetable and hinted strongly at a bit of casting news (though the hint will make it constitute as rumour at best).

First: Pre-production on the show will be starting soon and go through until the new year. The writers have been working for a while and, according to Sansweet, no one knows anything about the story for sure except George Lucas, Rick McCallum and the writers.

He also gave 2012 as a reasonably firm date for seeing the project on the air. It is a one hour format drama show and will air weekly.

As far as the casting news. An audience member asked about Daniel Logan (who portrayed Boba Fett in Attack of the Clones) and his possible participation in the show reprising his role. Sansweet remained cryptic, reminded everyone that no major casting deals have been made with anyone but said (and I quote), “A couple of years ago Rick McCallum said that he would consider it, and I would expect news from Daniel’s camp in the not-too-distant future.” He didn’t say what that news would be, but it seemed to me to insinuate that he was the front runner for the part. Which would please me.

He also reminded the audience that anything other than what he told us today that anyone read on the Internet was probably not true.

So, here we are with the straight dope, right from the horses mouth.

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post Lucas talks to HBO about live-action Star Wars TV series

March 27th, 2008

Filed under: Star Wars on Tv,Star Wars: Live-Action — admin @ 10:26 pm

When Collider.com first said “Deadwood meets Sopranos” was the unofficial slugline for the upcoming Star Wars Live-Action television series I was highly skeptical.

Yeah, George Lucas had said encouraging things about this series being darker and more adult themed – but this is the guy that gave us Ewoks and JarJar so again I was skeptical. I feared he felt the prequels were “dark”.

So if the goal of the show really is going to be “Deadwood meets The Sopranos in outer space” that would be fantastic!

I like those shows. And even if its not quite that dark of action, I would be happy with something on par with the new Battlestar Galactica or even Sarah Conner Chronicles, as long as it is focused on entertaining adults. Let the younger folks have the animated Clone Wars series – although I am also excited to watch that series, I am much more intrigued by what new ground Star Wars can break with a live-action show that lives up the “action” part!

post Live-action show delayed until 2010

March 17th, 2008

Filed under: Star Wars on Tv,Star Wars: Live-Action — admin @ 5:01 pm

Star Wars fan will have to wait a little longer ot see a live-action version of their beloved galaxy come to television.

“The live action show probably won’t start until 2010,” said George Lucas revealed at the ShoWest convention. “We’re working on it now, doing the scripts and everything.”

post Lucas may have found director for live-action Star Wars TV series

March 3rd, 2008

Filed under: Star Wars on Tv,Star Wars: Live-Action — admin @ 2:40 pm

Jim Marquand to direct Star Wars Live action Television Series

According to the Liverpool Daily Post, Star Wars creator George Lucas was so impressed with director James Marquand’s directorial debut with Dead Man’s Cards, that Lucas has asked him to direct episodes of the eagerly-anticipated Star Wars television show next year.

However, there is a big Star Wars connection here – Jim Marquand is the son of Return of the Jedi director Richard Marquand.

“I’ve got so many vivid memories of the five months I spent on the set of Return Of The Jedi,” recalls Jim. “I was about 18 and spent five fantastic months with dad while he filmed the movie in North California and Pinewood studios.

“I can remember walking onto one set which was the Ewok village, during a break in shooting. All these midget actors who were playing Ewoks had taken their costume heads off and were sat around smoking, drinking tea and reading newspapers. It was surreal.

“I got to know all the cast, too, and can remember Harrison Ford talking about being a carpenter before he got into acting. He was a very down-to-earth bloke.”

Click here for the full Liverpool Daily Post story

post More talk of bounty hunters taking center stage

January 18th, 2008

Filed under: Star Wars on Tv,Star Wars: Live-Action — admin @ 10:09 am

Rick McCallum spoke with Star Wars Insider magazine about the upcoming live action Star Wars TV series:

McCallum said, “The series will be about brand new characters, a group of people we haven’t seen yet, except Boba Fett, who will be an instrumental part of it. The series will also showcase other bounty hunters.” The series will focus on “what happens to an empire. It’s a much darker, much more character-based thing.” He says the series won’t be as plot-driven as the films.

The hardest part for the team is making the series “look like a feature on a television budget, with all new characters, new environments, new planets, and trying to keep the storyline alive for a lot of people.”

While McCallum said he hopes they’ll have the scripts ready by the end of next month, there’s no way right now to know how much the WGA strike will impact the feasibility of getting this show off the ground. Since the goal seems to be the Fall 2009 season, at least they have a little breathing room.

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post “Dark Times” to be Setting for Live-Action Star Wars TV Show

December 12th, 2007

Filed under: Star Wars on Tv,Star Wars: Live-Action — admin @ 3:07 pm

Since the writers’ strike has dried up the flow of information about the 2009 live-action Star Wars television series that is in early development, I thought we would take a look at what we know about the show’s time setting to see if we can deduce some story lines.

According to George Lucas the series is going to be set between the last prequel Episode III: “Revenge of the Sith” and the original masterpiece Episode IV: “A New Hope”. This period between the founding of the Empire to the enlistment of Luke Skywalker into the Rebel Alliance were referred to as “the dark times” by Obi-Wan Kenobi in the latter film.

So what do we know of these dark times?
There are four over-arching story lines that we know must take place based on the movies:

1. The last of the Jedi will be hunted down. According to the Evasive Action: Prey web comics an unknown number of Jedi escape Order 66 and are hunted by Darth Vader for some time. But eventually, Emperor Palpatine orders his Sith Lord to focus on building the Empire, and leave the remaining Jedi for others to hunt down. It is my guess that this will be a large part of the series – and Boba Fett may be one of the “others” that takes over the role of hunting Jedi. I have already written about how Boba Fett was likely to play a significant role in the series, with Daniel Logan reprising his role from Episode II: Attack of the Clones.

The two most famous Jedi survivors are of course, Yoda and Obi-Wan. Yoda presumably in the swamps of Dagobah, while Obi-Wan becomes a hermit on Tatooine after taking baby Luke Skywalker to live with Owen and Beru Lars. “The Last of the Jedi: The Desperate Mission” reveals that Obi-Wan stays on Tatooine watching over Luke from a distance, except for one off-planet mission surrounding Anakin’s one time rival, Ferus Olin. Unfortunately, Yoda and Obi-Wan will most likely only make small appearances or mentions in the television show unless Lucas changes his mind at some point about focusing primarily on “minor” characters only.

2. The newly-formed Galactic Empire will rise to power throughout the galaxy. Vader and the Emperor bring most of the planets under their iron-fist. Lots of freedom for story telling here – although most of the compelling material would lend more toward the stories of rebellion against the empire, which brings us to the next likely plotline.

3. The Rebel Alliance will be formed. We know that a rag-tag group of dissenters (including at least one key senator princess – see bottom of article for more on possible leia plots) will gradually form into a full resistance against the Empire and eventually form a military structure as the Rebel Alliance. We know that the Alliance will ultimately win its first major battle against the Empire as mentioned in the opening crawl of Star Wars. But I am guessing there will be lots of minor battles building up to that “major battle” and could last for the entire run of the series. This material would lend itself perfectly to the type of story telling in the Star Wars original trilogy as well as the Battlestar Galactica television series which Lucas and Producer Rick McCallum will be modeling their “darker” approach after.

4. The first Death Star will be constructed. We know that Count Dooku received the Death Star plans from the Geonosians in Attack of the Clones so the construction must began shortly after the last film. This would be fascinating series material – I know from one of the novels that the Empire enslaved Wookies to work on the Death Star once the construction began falling behind.

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So those four story lines are fertile ground for the series – even if it does end up running the predicted 400 episodes they shouldn’t run out of good material. As they are already discussing spin-offs one could likely be based on Princess Leia Organa, based on author A.C. Crispin’s comment that her proposed book on Leia’s life between Episode III and IV was rejected: “Lucasfilm didn’t approve the idea of a Leia backstory because they want to keep that era of the Star Wars continuity untouched for the television series they’re considering.”

So I say bring on “the dark times” – they could make for some gritty sci-fi action worth watching!

post How Will Hollywood Writer’s Strike Affect Star Wars TV Series?

November 15th, 2007

There has been no official word out on how the Writers Guild of America strike has impacted George Luca’s plans for developing both an animated and a live-action television series. However we can easily determine a few things:

Yoda Courtyard at Skywalker RanchFirst of all, the 3-D CGI Animated series The Clone Wars should not be affected at all, since Lucas reported that 40 episodes are already completed in their entirety.

However, the Live-Action series development will certainly be delayed some, since Lucas was on his way to Los Angeles to recruit freelance “writers of real significance” in late October when the strike talk was already hot and heavy.

The plan was to bring these writers to Skywalker Ranch to hatch out ideas for the first 13 episodes, but since the strike began Nov. 5th that meeting my or may not have happened. Those writers according to the strike would most likely have to decline, however who would turn down an invitation to the Star Wars capital of the galaxy Skywalker Ranch – so there is a good possibility it did happen, just no one is talking about it.

However, even if this first writer’s session was canceled it shouldn’t delay the actual 2009 release of the television show. The only fear of that would be if this strike lasts much longer than the 1988 writer’s strike that lasted 5 months, but that seems highly unlikely.

post Boba Fett to be Featured in the Star Wars TV Series

November 6th, 2007

Filed under: Star Wars on Tv,Star Wars: Live-Action — admin @ 3:37 pm

Boba Fett, the most feared Bounty Hunter in the Galaxy, will be featured in the highly-anticipated Star Wars live action TV series.

Daniel Logan posing with a costumed Boba Fett who he placed in Episode II: Attack of the ClonesProducer Rick McCallum, told fans at the Star Wars Reunion 2 in France, that he is looking for actor Daniel Logan to reprise his role from the Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, where he played the young Boba who witnessed Mace Windu decapitate his father Jango Fett.

Nothing against Logan, who is now 20-years-old, but he hasn’t really done much since the Star Wars movie – I am sure they will have no problem getting him to take on the part.

No other casting announcements have been made – aside from Lord Anthony Hopkins joking that he would consider taking on “the Alec Guinness role” – I guess no one told him that Obi Wan will not be in the series.

post Star Wars TV Show to Emulate Gritty Sci-Fi of Firefly and Battlestar Galactica

November 6th, 2007

Filed under: Star Wars on Tv,Star Wars: Live-Action — admin @ 2:52 pm

On the style of the live-action Star Wars television series, Producer Rick McCallum has stated “It is going to be much darker, much grittier, and it’s much more character based.”

Star Wars creator George Lucas has described the series as “bare-bones” and “action-heavy”, and has stated that it will be for more mature audiences like TV shows Battlestar Galactica and Firefly.

Firefly by Joss Whedon

That is the best news I have heard yet! I am sure most Star Wars fans would gladly welcome a darker Star Wars – but part of me has to wonder how much of this is just hype and if they thought the prequels were “gritty” too.

Other insider statements have said the series will be like the Young Indiana Jones series – which I never saw – can anyone tell me what those were like – any good? Maybe I will have to see if I can Netflix them, since these are Lucas’s past television work it might be much closer to the finished product than Battlestar Galactica or Firefly.

(If you have been living in a cave and are not familiar with Firefly by Joss Whedon please do yourself a favor and buy the DVD set of the television series and the feature film Serenity)

post Just the Facts: Star Wars Live Action TV Series

November 5th, 2007

Filed under: Star Wars on Tv,Star Wars: Live-Action — admin @ 2:49 pm

I will keep a running tally of all the information for the live-action series, so you don’t have to read every blog post to catch up:

  • Show expected to begin airing in 2009 2010
  • Series to take place in the period between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope
  • Lucas will write and produce the first season, and then “hand it off from there”, while remaining executive producer throughout the rest of the series.
  • Stories will be told from the perspective of minor characters from the Star Wars galaxy – not the main characters of the film franchise (although there are hints of cameos from some of the Expanded Universe characters)
  • Boba Fett is expected to be in the series!
  • Rick McCallum will be the Producer, he oversaw the prequels
  • Show will be one-hour long
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