Star Wars producer, Rick McCallum dished a little bit about the iconic franchise's long-planned live-action TV series. It appears that the show will indeed be hugely ambitious. However, that ambition will apparently put the show back into developmental purgatory while its grand details are fleshed-out.
When/if the series gets off the ground, Lucasfilm will be looking to shoot most of the show in the Czech Republic. Having just shot a film in Prague called Red Tails, which is a George Lucas-penned project about World War II's brave and socially-groundbreaking Tuskegee Airmen, it seems that Lucasfilm wish to remain there in the long-term for the Star Wars series.
McCallum lays out the vision for the series to Czech Position.
“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.”
It sounds like a somewhat gritty look at the underside of the Star Wars universe, which could make hardcore fans happy, but to those who still revile the existence of the prequels, it may be a tough pill to swallow. In fact, according to McCallum's testimony, we shouldn't expect to see anything involving the beloved original trilogy's protagonist.
“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."
Regarding the aforementioned delay to the show. Apparently, we're still about 3-4 years away from seeing live-action Star Wars return to the small screen.
“The TV series is on hold, but that has nothing to do with the Czech Republic; it has to do with [the episodes being] so ambitious. 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.”
Obviously, there's a long way to go before we can determine what this show eventually becomes. It does certainly appear that the folks at Lucasfilm intend to produce something that wows us with eye-popping digital effects, or nothing. While a storyline which fills in the gaps of the Empire's totalitarian rise after Revenge of the Sith sounds intriguing, without a compelling story and solid, likable protagonists on which to support those eye-popping digital effects, it could still fall flat.
Over the years, the prequel trilogy has slowly oozed its way into the accepted Star Wars mythos of people born before the 1990's, but it's been a reluctant, sort of mocking acceptance. If, like those prequel films, the TV show fixates too much on the minutiae, it could wind up falling into the questionable "who cares?" category that much of the Expanded Universe books and comics has to casual fans.
...Here's to hoping for the best.
Excited about what we're hearing about the show? Or do you feel a disturbance in the Force?
Source: Czech Position (via Ain't it Cool News)