If you’ve been wondering what was up with the live action Star Wars television series, here’s an update; it has an official name – Star Wars: Underworld.
There are 50 scripts already written for the show, which considering the state of television today, could be either 1.5 long seasons on network television, or 10 seasons on HBO. It sounds like the biggest issues right now centers around the budget.
“Each one hour episode is bigger than any of the prequels were”, said Rick McCallum. “The working budget of $5 million per episode isn’t enough to bring it to the screen just yet.”
Because of the extreme scope of each episode, Lucas is going to hold off for another couple of years to see if technology allows them to do the extreme things the production company wants to do. Those who are old enough to remember The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, the budget of the show was kept relatively low thanks to LucasFilm and advances in technology that allowed them create environments that would have been cost prohibitive to build.
What’s the show about? I’m gonna bet there are Jedi and fights and stuff that happens. As far as when the series is set. Rick McCallum confirmed it would happen between Revenge of the Sith, and A New Hope. It won’t focus on Luke Skywalker growing up, but what is going on to expand the Empire.
It has potential. Let’s hope that Lucas is in the Executive Producer role only.
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From the name, I’m truly hoping we’ll see more of the non-mystical side of the Star Wars universe. Some of my favorite SW novels are those telling stories of the non Force sensetives like the smugglers, the soldiers, the seedy slave traders, the bounty hunters, etc.
Could be worse. Could be a muppet show rip-off variety show with Jar Jar Binks and the Ewoks.
This isn’t a good sign, we know what happens when film makers concentrate on specital and not on story we get ‘transformers’. If they have 50 stories ready and cannot make it becasue $5 million per episode isn’t enough then I cannot help but think they have their priorites wrong. The problem with the prequels wasn’t really the special effects (although there is room for discussion there) but more the stories just didn’t reflect what the auidence wanted from star wars. I hope the new show is good but Ill carry on enjoying the animated series and see what happens.