05 August 2010

Is the long-delayed Star Wars TV series dead?

Airlock Alpha confirms the long gestating (announced way back in 2005) Star Wars TV may never see the light of day. George Lucas himself told fans at a recent screening of The Empire Strikes Back that the “live action TV show is kind of on hold because we have scripts, but we don't know how to do them. They [the episodes] literally are Star Wars, only we're going to have to try to do them at a 10th of the cost. And it's a huge challenge, a lot bigger than what we thought it was gonna be."

While the premise has shifted over the years -it started as a sort of day in life of Boba Fett, with the series set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, which then was dropped but seems have picked up steam again thanks to the Cartoon Networks Clone Wars animated series the show itself would be "much darker, much grittier, and it's much more character-based" than the original movies.

Of course, being Lucas, everything has to be big. And sometimes, as seen in the later trilogy, big did not mean better. Star Wars works, like most TV shows and movies, when the bigness, the set pieces, are toned down, thus allowing the story and the character to take center stage and not the CGI effects.

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