STAR WARS Animated and Live-Action News Ė Collider Exclusive
Posted by Frosty
Iíll admit that Iíve fallen out of love with Star Wars. If you knew me years ago, back when ďStar WarsĒ was in my blood, youíd never think this could happen. But it did. And Iím not alone.
Just like many of you out there in cyberspace, there was a time when I lived and breathed ďStar Wars.Ē I bought the figures, I went to conventions. Fact is, a lot of my money went into filling George Lucasí bank accounts. Then, I donít know if it was due to the shitty prequels or growing up, my priorities shifted and buying the latest action figure or spending time re-watching the old movies with friends didnít have the same meaning. I knew one day it might happen, but it still felt very strange nonetheless. The best way I could describe it to you would be to say it felt like a girlfriend that you still loved with your heart and soul, but you no longer wanted to have sex with her, and youíd be cool if she slept around. Okay, maybe thatís a bit excessive, but hopefully you get my meaning.
So why am I babbling on about how I used to love Star Wars? Itís because as much as I think I can steer clear of Star Wars and all things Lucas, the fact is I still care. Just like a lot of you. While we might not care as much as we used to, when news happen in the Star Wars universe, youíd be surprised how many hits the articles get.
Which leads me to the news Iím about to write. After months of talking to different people, Iíve finally got something on the upcoming Star Wars animated and live-action shows.
As most of you have heard, George Lucas has been very involved in the creation of both shows. Iíve heard that he goes over all the scripts and gives many notes on both characters and plot points. While others might be directing the action, George is like the Emperor Ė overseeing everything. And even though that sounds very scary as the prequels didnít please most fans, based on everything Iím hearing from inside the camp, both shows seem like they could be great.
Also, Iíve seen a bit of footage from the animated show (they premiered it at Celebration 4) and thought it looked fantastic. And as much as I liked the Genndy Tartakovsky Clone Wars animated show, what he did was based on an expanded universe version of Star Wars. Jediís could do things only superheroes could do, not things like what we saw in the movies. And thatís where the new shows do things differently.
In both the animated and live-action shows, the Jediís and the characters will act like what youíd see in the movies. And the reason for that? Both shows are going to be considered official cannon of the Star Wars universe. What happens on both shows would be like anything youíve seen in any of the movies. Thatís why Lucas is so involved, and thatís why itís taken so much time to develop and get it right. This is also the reason why Warner Bros. can release a Clone Wars movie this summer, as the animated series is real Star Wars, so why not show it in theaters.
I'm also told there is a difference between the animated show and the live-action one. What Iím hearing is they are really trying to make Star Wars cool again. To do this, both shows are going to appeal to two different audiences. The animated show is definitely geared for kids, with the hope that adults will tune in. But, the live-action show is the one that us grownups are going to care about. While Iím still building my live-action story on what Iíve heard (and trust me, Iíve heard some things) as I type this article, Lucasfilm is hard at work developing the scripts and the stories for what will take place. So if I were to say exactly what Iíve heard and they changed it, Iíd look like I didnít know what I was talking about. Therefore Iíll wait a bit longer. Once I know for sure theyíll be filming certain things, Iíll post an update.
But for those that want the bullet points of what Iíve heardÖ
- The live action and animated shows will be considered official canon of the star wars universe.
- The live-action show is going to end up on whatever network pays the most. However, Iíve heard theyíre talking about the show being on HBO or even Showtime. Which jives with the slugline for the showÖthink Deadwood meets The Sopranos. Want a bit more? Could the live action show feature Gangsters? Could it follow the underworld of the Star Wars universe? Perhaps even a crime family? Have I said too much? Again, think Deadwood meets The Sopranos.
- The seasons for the live action show might be as short as 12 episodesÖ againÖthink Sopranos.
- The show is definitely PG-13. Iíve heard itíll be dark. Itís definitely not being made for kids.
- The Skywalker story is finished. From what Iíve been told, their story is done and they arenít on the live-action show at all. The show is new charactersÖwith a few people you might know from the movies mixed in here and there.
- And for those that donít knowÖ.the animated show takes place between episodes two and three, while the live-action is between three and four. Obviously some storylines might take place outside of those times, but thatís where the primary action takes place. Just like while the live action might follow a crime family, there will be episodes that focus on other things.
Anyway, while many of you might try and pretend you donít care about Star Wars, if Lucas creates a fun, action filled animated showÖ I definitely think the fans will tune in. And if they somehow manage to create a live-action show that kicks ass, they might actually repair the damage of the prequels and make Star Wars cool again. And as much as I donít love Star Wars like I used to, Iíd really like to see that happen.
And one last thingÖ.the info in this story is based on what Iíve heard up to this point. Things change, storylines get altered. And Iím sure once this gets posted Iíll get some more emails or info. Needless to say, if anything changes or I hear something more Iíll post updates.