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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.”

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post Star Wars: Clone Wars theater version – is a stand-alone movie not episodes

February 14th, 2008

Filed under: Star Wars on Tv,Star Wars: The Clone Wars — admin @ 12:13 pm

Despite earlier reports that the theater release was going to be the first three episodes in of the animated Star Wars: Clone Wars show that will appear on television, it is in fact a stand-alone movie. Hooray!

“The movie is an original full-length story that brings this new look and new energy to the Star Wars galaxy,” according to Lucasfilm spokesman John Singh. “It has a full and self-contained story.”

After the August 15 theater release runs its course, the Cartoon Network will begin airing 30-minute episodes. And then eventually (to-be-determined when) TNT will reair the episodes.

“It is serialized, but Lucas did it in such a way that they also can stand on their own,” says Turner animation president Stuart Snyder. More than 30 episodes have already been produced, and the show will be broken down into 22-episode seasons. Snyder says Turner has “a multiseasonal agreement” with Lucasfilm.

post Time Warner offers Clone Wars TV and Movie Deals

February 13th, 2008

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars, an animated film, will open in theaters Aug. 15 and be followed by a TV series of the same name, to air on the Cartoon Network and TNT this fall.

Produced by Lucasfilm Animation, both the film and TV show will be distributed through Time Warner Inc., which owns TNT, the Cartoon Network and the film’s distributor, Warner Bros.

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

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

“Nothing like this has ever been produced for television,” said Stuart Snyder, President/COO Turner Animation,Young Adults & Kids Media. “For 30 years, Star Wars has shown that it appeals to a huge breadth of fans. The Clone Wars on Cartoon Network will be appointment television for everyone in the family. We’re thrilled to be working with Lucasfilm again and very excited to be playing a role in bringing this remarkable adventure to viewers.”

post Clone Wars gets theater date and tv channel home

February 13th, 2008

Turner broadcasting has acquired the TV rights of George Lucas’ upcoming CG-animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Lucasfilm Ltd., Warner Bros. Pictures and Turner Broadcasting System Inc. made the announcement Tuesday that new episodes of the Lucasfilm animation series will premiere on Cartoon Network in the autumn following its theatrical release on August 15, across the US. The series will later be rerun on TNT.

Lucas said, “I felt there were a lot more Star Wars stories left to tell. I was eager to start telling some of them through animation and, at the same time, push the art of animation forward.”

Lucasfilm has produced more than 30 new episodes of the series. They will premiere weekly on Turner’s networks.

post First 3 Episodes of Clone Wars Might Release in Theaters

February 4th, 2008

Filed under: Star Wars on Tv,Star Wars: The Clone Wars — admin @ 10:39 am

Clone WarsThere is more talk of the new Clone Wars animated series being first released in theaters before coming to television.

Action-Figure.com has been talking to some of Lucasfilm’s toy licensees, whom they say confirmed to them that the first three episodes of Clone Wars may get a theatrical release as a single, 90-minute film as early as this September.

After the theater release runs it’s course, the rest of the show’s episodes and presumably the first three episodes as well will then be aired on television, that is once George Lucas makes a deal with a network.

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 Family Guy Presents: Blue Harvest on DVD

January 16th, 2008

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Family Guy Blue Harvest

Family Guy Presents: Blue Harvest was released on DVD on Tuesday, Jan. 15. The DVD bonus features include four minutes of previously unseen footage, an uncensored audio track and an interview with George Lucas.

View clips of Family Guy Blue Harvest

Here is more on the DVD’s Special Features:

The extras really push this disc over the edge though; they’ve put together a great batch of extras that make this one episode disc still worth a purchase. First up is a commentary track with Seth MacFarlane and a handful of writers, directors, and producers. There’s at least ten people on this track, and everyone’s got good things to say. Stories about production are told, tidbits about the animation, and the crew’s huge affection for Star Wars is made extremely evident. Definitely worth a listen.

Next is a conversation between Seth MacFarlane and George Lucas. This runs about 12 minutes, and is exactly what it sound like; Seth and George discussing the episode, Star Wars, and their careers. MacFarlane asks lots of silly, and sometimes serious questions. Surprisingly, Lucas is on board with all this, and matches MacFarlane’s humor with some of his own every time. There’s lots of good stuff here, the best of which being MacFarlane humming pieces of Star Wars music and asking Lucas where it appears in the trilogy.

The second featurette on the disc is a 20-minute making of that includes animatics, storyboards and interviews from everyone involved. It doesn’t really delve into the making of the special all that much, but you do find out some cool information about the episode. Much of this information is explained in better detail on the commentary track, but this is still a good little feature.

However, one of the most interesting bonuses is the Animatic version of the episode. An animatic, for those out of the loop, is a rough pencil version of the episode, much like a storyboard, with the audio track included. I usually dislike animatic versions of animated shows, but this is actually very special. Instead of just the regular audio track set to storyboards, the audio track on the animatic presents alternate dialogue, often with alternate versions of scenes, as well as some deleted sequences. This is most certainly a treat to see for fans of the episode, and definitely worth a watch.

Finally, we have the Family Guy Star Wars clip show, which goes from episode one to the most recent episodes with (almost) every Star Wars joke ever made in the series. It runs ten minutes; they’ve made a lot of Star Wars jokes. This is fun, but I was a bit disappointed; it leaves out some of the most blatent Star Wars jokes from the series, including the scene from the Season 4 episode “Blind Ambition” where Peter gets a medal in an obvious parody of the ending to Episode 4. While this clip show is incomplete, it’s still a fun bonus for fans of the show.

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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 Star Wars: The Clone Wars May Debut in Theaters

November 15th, 2007

Filed under: Star Wars on Tv,Star Wars: The Clone Wars — admin @ 7:41 pm

Star Wars: The Clone WarsHasbro announced at the Hasbro Fall 2007 Analyst Event that the upcoming Star Wars animated TV series The Clone Wars will have a theatrical launch on August 8, 2008 as part of their Star Wars Cinemation before airing on TV later that fall.

Chief Operating Officer, Brian Goldner speaking about their partnership with Lucasfilm said: “Yes, Star Wars will be back in theaters August 8th, 2008, then the series will appear on TV throughout the fall.”

TheForce.net contacted Lucasfilm who said that no release strategy has been decided yet:

“I’d like to clarify Hasbro comments this AM about the Clone Wars TV Series. We see it as a breakthrough animated television series and are exploring a number of innovative ways to introduce it to the public. No decisions regarding release strategy have been made yet.”

I followed up with just one question. Is a theatrical release introducing the series in the works and received this response: “It’s one of the many things being discussed but we have no decisions yet. For us it’s all about finding a creative way to launch a creative TV series.”

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.

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