Is The STAR WARS Television Series Dead?

Written By: Ken Hulsey
Source: WENN

For about five years now, George Lucas and his team at Lucasfilm have been really trying to develop a television series that takes place in the "Star Wars" universe in the time between "Revenge of the Sith" and "A New Hope". Reportedly this show would have featured characters and locations not seen any of the prior "Star Wars" films, video games, television series, television specials or mountains of merchandise.

I use the words, "would have", in the paragraph above because it now looks as if this potential television series is being put into a permanent 'holding pattern', possibly grounded and shoved off into a hanger never to be heard from again.

Ever since the series was first announced way back in 2005 there have been rumors about potential cast members, scripts, and even that the series was in production. Of course, as soon as any of these rumors would start to circulate around, Lucas, or one of his staff, would be quick to dismiss them as nothing more than Internet spread fallacies.

Now, Lucas has come forward to tell the fans that indeed there are scripts, some casting did take place last year, and production could start right away. Only one problem. The film maker has no clue how to produce the show with the limit budget that is allocated for it.

At a recent screening of "The Empire Strikes Back" in Chicago, the film maker told the crowd in attendance that the show was 'shelved' until he could figure out how to make it work stating,"The live action TV show is kind of on hold because we have scripts, but we don't know how to do them.

"They literally are Star Wars, only we're going to have to try to do them (at) a tenth (of) the cost. And it's a huge challenge, (a) lot bigger than what we thought it was gonna be."

Translation: "We really want to use a lot of really cool looking CGI effects that are so dazzling, that you will have to watch each episode over-and-over again to see everything we throw in."

To me the answer here is simple. Way back in the seventies, Lucas didn't have the kind of resources that he has today, yet he was able to produce one of the best, if not the best, science fiction movie of all-time ..... "Star Wars". The effects were simple, effective, and for the most part, not all too expensive.

If the series is to be made, the film maker is going to have to do it 'old school' with cheaper effects, actual 'real world' shooting locations, and stronger character driven stories.

High end special effects and make up have been the killer of more than one sci fi television series, namely the original "Battlestar Galactica", which had huge ratings, and "Planet of the Apes", which did not.

Unless Lucas changes his way of thinking, the same could be said about "Star Wars", and it never even made it on the air ....... well, not yet anyway.

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1 comment:

  1. That's disappointing news for sure. I heard they were going to shoot in Australia to save money, apparently it's not enough!

    I'm not certain, but I think the cost of visual effects-whether they are CG or models has about evened out these days. I think what you'd put into labor and materials for models is just about even with those creating digital assets--possibly even cheaper for CG. That was one of the factors sited for ILM closing its model shop a few years ago anyway.


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