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George Lucas updates us on the Star Wars TV show that'll probably never happen

05.26.2011

There have been rumors about a live-action STAR WARS TV show for years and years and back in 2009, Lucas confirmed they were writing a new series that would take place between REVENGE OF THE SITH and STAR WARS. Flash-forward about two years and we're no closer to getting a STAR WARS TV series. So what gives Herr Lucas?

The director was on G4 this week promoting the new "Star Tours" attraction at Disney Land and was asked about the series and its current status. As George Costanza once said, it looks like Prognosis: Negative.

Lucas confirmed they've shot over 50 hours worth of scripts written but they're just sitting on a shelf. And why? Apparently it's too expensive to shoot what Lucas wants to film. I'll let him explain...

"We have 50 hours and were just waiting to figure out a different way of making movies, a different technology that we can use that will make it so it is economically feasible to shoot the show. Right now it looks like the Star Wars features, but we have to figure out a way of making it for about a tenth the cost of the features, because its television. And were working toward that and were continuing to work toward that and we will get there at some point. But its just a very, very difficult process."

Everyone get out your tiny little violins and play a song for George Lucas who doesn't have enough money to pay for his STAR WARS TV series. Keep in mind he's one of the 100 wealthiest people in the United States and at the top of the highest paid men in Hollywood. And this is before the STAR WARS Blu-rays and 3D re-releases. So you'll literally be paying for a STAR WARS TV series right out of your own pocket. (And figuratively paying for it when you're eventually disappointed by it.)

Source: Ain't It Cool

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1:45AM on 07/31/2012
I love Star Wars, but I'm tired of the all talk, and debate, and speculation, and drama. What happened to the good old days when all you needed to enjoy Star Wars was a big tub of popcorn and soda?
I love Star Wars, but I'm tired of the all talk, and debate, and speculation, and drama. What happened to the good old days when all you needed to enjoy Star Wars was a big tub of popcorn and soda?
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10:26AM on 07/15/2012

Spoiled brats

C'mon peoples.... Star Wars is Mr Lucas' baby, not yours, not mine. HIS. He created this fantastic world, he owns everything about it. He can make or not make whatever he feels necessary. If you don't like it, create your own world and make your own movies and stories and galaxies. Mr Lucas can do whatever he likes w/ HIS universe. If it happens, it happens. If it don't, then just enjoy what he has made available to us. It's not yours to decide what HE does with his own creation.
C'mon peoples.... Star Wars is Mr Lucas' baby, not yours, not mine. HIS. He created this fantastic world, he owns everything about it. He can make or not make whatever he feels necessary. If you don't like it, create your own world and make your own movies and stories and galaxies. Mr Lucas can do whatever he likes w/ HIS universe. If it happens, it happens. If it don't, then just enjoy what he has made available to us. It's not yours to decide what HE does with his own creation. You're all sounding like a bunch of spoiled brats who can't get what they want.
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11:16PM on 07/17/2012
Very true. "Star Wars" is Lucas' creation. However, at the end of the day it is THE PUBLIC that Lucas will want to have pay and watch his films, it will be THE PUBLIC that Lucas will want to have watch his television series.

If Lucas doesn't want criticism, the best thing he could do is screen his works privately.
Very true. "Star Wars" is Lucas' creation. However, at the end of the day it is THE PUBLIC that Lucas will want to have pay and watch his films, it will be THE PUBLIC that Lucas will want to have watch his television series.

If Lucas doesn't want criticism, the best thing he could do is screen his works privately.
7:35PM on 05/26/2011

"Right now it looks like the Star Wars features"

In other words:
Shot of two people walking
Establishing shot of them sitting down
Close up for dialogue
Close up for dialogue
Clock wipe to unconnected action sequence.
In other words:
Shot of two people walking
Establishing shot of them sitting down
Close up for dialogue
Close up for dialogue
Clock wipe to unconnected action sequence.
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7:02PM on 05/26/2011
I know Lucas, how's about you swallow some pride and let someone make a KOTOR trilogy.
I know Lucas, how's about you swallow some pride and let someone make a KOTOR trilogy.
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5:29PM on 05/26/2011

WHy don't you focus on making something...

fuckin useful lucas. Seriously stop the cartoon clone shit. Work on a dark none family star wars. Life will be good.
fuckin useful lucas. Seriously stop the cartoon clone shit. Work on a dark none family star wars. Life will be good.
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2:49PM on 05/26/2011
It'd probably be cheaper if they used actors and sets instead of filling in everything with CGI. That might bring the old price tag down a bit.

George Lucas is such a douche. Can we move into the Expanded Universe already? That stuff is ten times better than most of the crap GL churns out nowadays.
It'd probably be cheaper if they used actors and sets instead of filling in everything with CGI. That might bring the old price tag down a bit.

George Lucas is such a douche. Can we move into the Expanded Universe already? That stuff is ten times better than most of the crap GL churns out nowadays.
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2:07PM on 05/26/2011
I hope this doesnt happen. Lucas should move on and do something else besides Star Wars before he dies......that's if he knows how.
I hope this doesnt happen. Lucas should move on and do something else besides Star Wars before he dies......that's if he knows how.
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1:35PM on 05/26/2011
Why is this guy so frightened to go forward in the Star Wars universe? Seems like it would be easier to invent something new rather than being stuck in a self imposed box. And George, get a neck tuck instead of using your beard as a jawline. You're starting to look like a muppet.
Why is this guy so frightened to go forward in the Star Wars universe? Seems like it would be easier to invent something new rather than being stuck in a self imposed box. And George, get a neck tuck instead of using your beard as a jawline. You're starting to look like a muppet.
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8:16PM on 05/26/2011
He's frightened because of all the crap people have given him for everything since the original trilogy. Apparently a good chunk of the Star Wars fanbase is afraid of change.
He's frightened because of all the crap people have given him for everything since the original trilogy. Apparently a good chunk of the Star Wars fanbase is afraid of change.
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12:58PM on 05/26/2011
Triumph: What substance was Han Solo frozen in?
People in line: Carbonite
Triumph: No, no. I'm sorry. The correct answer is "Who gives a shit."
Triumph: What substance was Han Solo frozen in?
People in line: Carbonite
Triumph: No, no. I'm sorry. The correct answer is "Who gives a shit."
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12:52PM on 05/26/2011
Lucas actually sounds pretty logical here, to me.
Lucas actually sounds pretty logical here, to me.
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12:32PM on 05/26/2011
What kind of show does he want to make? No matter how he slices it, a Star Wars TV show is NOT going to be a Star Wars feature. And in the age of the 100+ mil. TV show, he could easily make a TV series with a high budget that fits TV just fine. First of all, he'll get viewers no matter what. The legion of fans lap up pretty much anything Star Wars, and if you put a show on the air and make it as good in quality as, say, Babylon 5 or Stargate, you'll get plenty of viewers. Secondly, Lucas is
What kind of show does he want to make? No matter how he slices it, a Star Wars TV show is NOT going to be a Star Wars feature. And in the age of the 100+ mil. TV show, he could easily make a TV series with a high budget that fits TV just fine. First of all, he'll get viewers no matter what. The legion of fans lap up pretty much anything Star Wars, and if you put a show on the air and make it as good in quality as, say, Babylon 5 or Stargate, you'll get plenty of viewers. Secondly, Lucas is thinking about things completely wrong. He wants to make a TV show that is basically a series of episodic films. If he's aiming to make each episode of the show like the films, then of course he's never gonna be able to do it. That'd cost way too much, even with the right technology. If he really wants to make a quality Star Wars show that won't be overpriced, he needs to look at what is being done on TV already and make notes.

And for the love of god, can we get away from episode 4 prequels. All we see these days are friggin clone war stories and Old Republic stuff.
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11:56AM on 05/26/2011
Let me start off by saying that I have a strong bias against Lucas. The prequels were shit for the most part. And while everyone praises Clone Wars for being a really cool show, I just can't get into it. Maybe it has something to do with the bad voice acting and the weird graphics.
However, while I'm pissed that the footage is just sitting on a shelf in his mansion somewhere, I'm glad that he's thinking things out and trying to figure out how to work in the current economic climate. True that
Let me start off by saying that I have a strong bias against Lucas. The prequels were shit for the most part. And while everyone praises Clone Wars for being a really cool show, I just can't get into it. Maybe it has something to do with the bad voice acting and the weird graphics.
However, while I'm pissed that the footage is just sitting on a shelf in his mansion somewhere, I'm glad that he's thinking things out and trying to figure out how to work in the current economic climate. True that Lucas has boats loads of dough, it's better to take time and save money on what is already an expensive production. I'd rather wait a few years for a good Star Wars show that wait a few months for a decent Star Wars show.
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11:33AM on 05/26/2011
I have to agree that that last paragraph was pretty stupid. One doesn't become one of the 100 wealthiest people in the world by pissing money away foolishly.

And I suspect this is more of an experiment in how figure out how to get costs down. so that other future productions, not necessarily Lucasfilm related, can be made for less.

What's wrong with that?

My guess is that they'll look to get serious on the production for this show once Clone Wars looses steam and is canceled.
I have to agree that that last paragraph was pretty stupid. One doesn't become one of the 100 wealthiest people in the world by pissing money away foolishly.

And I suspect this is more of an experiment in how figure out how to get costs down. so that other future productions, not necessarily Lucasfilm related, can be made for less.

What's wrong with that?

My guess is that they'll look to get serious on the production for this show once Clone Wars looses steam and is canceled.
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11:19AM on 05/26/2011
I'm not holding my breath.
I'm not holding my breath.
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10:19AM on 05/26/2011
It'll happen eventually, and I'm patient. For the time being, Lucas has actually been on a promising creative run, Clone Wars, Star Tours II, upcoming the Old Republic. I'm not his staunchest defender by any means, but you have to agree that for four_plus twelve episode seasons of live-action film, its going to take some bank and innovation to make it Star Wars quality.
It'll happen eventually, and I'm patient. For the time being, Lucas has actually been on a promising creative run, Clone Wars, Star Tours II, upcoming the Old Republic. I'm not his staunchest defender by any means, but you have to agree that for four_plus twelve episode seasons of live-action film, its going to take some bank and innovation to make it Star Wars quality.
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10:04AM on 05/26/2011
Hey Mike Sampson - Maybe they are waiting to produce this so it isn't disappointing. George Lucas might have a dickload of money and be a ridiculous man, but his comments sure didn't seem to warrant tiny violins. But maybe you don't think producing a large-budget TV show is actually a difficult process. I'm pretty sure no matter who is making it, the potential ad sales still have to be greater than the production costs. And if this is just something "that should never happen," then who
Hey Mike Sampson - Maybe they are waiting to produce this so it isn't disappointing. George Lucas might have a dickload of money and be a ridiculous man, but his comments sure didn't seem to warrant tiny violins. But maybe you don't think producing a large-budget TV show is actually a difficult process. I'm pretty sure no matter who is making it, the potential ad sales still have to be greater than the production costs. And if this is just something "that should never happen," then who cares anyway?
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9:54AM on 05/26/2011

Uh...

Was that snark-laden last paragraph even necessary? I mean, just because he has all the money in the world doesn't mean he can't try to be economical and cost-effective with his projects. I thought Lucas' reasoning was actually pretty sound.
Was that snark-laden last paragraph even necessary? I mean, just because he has all the money in the world doesn't mean he can't try to be economical and cost-effective with his projects. I thought Lucas' reasoning was actually pretty sound.
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11:23AM on 05/26/2011
Yea, who the hell pays for their projects out of their own pockets
Yea, who the hell pays for their projects out of their own pockets
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