Live-Action ‘Star Wars’ Show Still Trudging On

By Jeffrey Sullivan,
After being postponed for a few years, show will soon be in production.

The new, and still untitled Star Wars live-action TV series is still trudging on, and will hopefully be ready for viewers in 2011.

The show, according to Wookieepedia.com, will take place in between the last prequel and the first original, A New Hope, during the dark times Obi Wan mentioned to Luke in Episode IV. The show will be set in a gritty, dark and malevolent frame for whichever characters will be thrown in. The Empire will be in full swing, and we will probably see more anti-heroes than actual heroes in the show, as it will be told from the perspectives of relatively minor characters in the Star Wars universe. While they say relatively minor characters, Boba Fett, C-3PO, and Emperor Palpatine are all rumored to be in the show, with their original actors from the films (Fett being played by Daniel Logan from Attack of the Clones, not Jason Wingreen from Empire Strikes Back) in the show.

George Lucas said in an interview with Total Film Magazine that the show will be more like the original series, ". . . funny and there's action, but it's [a] lot more talky. It's more of what I would call a soap opera with a bunch of personal dramas in it. It's not really based on action-adventure films from the '30s - it's actually more based on film noir movies from the '40s!"

He also said it would be like Deadwood meets The Sopranos, but in space. The show was originally postponed so that work could continue for the Clone Wars show, and then postponed again when the writer's strike hit. The show will be filmed in Australia and will be written by Tony McNamara and Fiona Seres, veterans of the drama TV scene.

Mark Hamill said in a recent interview that while he does not think he will have a part to play in the new show, he is hopeful for the success of the first live-action Star Wars TV show since the horrid 1985 Ewoks debacle.

"But one thing I think is a positive step in terms of it being a TV series is that they're going to really have to rely on good scripts rather than making it some special effects extravaganza. So he [Lucas] kind of got caught up in making it bigger and bigger and bigger and bigger until you're just exploding with special effects all over the screen like some fireworks display. And to me, I think it's more important to make the audience care about the characters."

With Lucas saying, "We're going to do something that would normally cost ($20 million-$30 million) and try to do it for $1 million," story will have to come before special effects and production. The show is said in Wookieepedia.com to run over 100 episodes initially, with Lucas producing for the first year or so. With all the books and other material that supplemented the original movies, providing a vast multitude of material to draw on (just look at Wookieepedia.com), this show could be a revitalizing push for die-hard fans of Episodes IV-VI, many of whom were thoroughly disappointed with the newer prequels.

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