For those anticipating that long-gestating live-action Star Wars TV series coming sooner than later, don’t hold your breath. Apparently George Lucas’ right-hand man, producer Rick McCallum, recently talked to Czech Position (via Bleeding Cool) where he revealed that the series is currently on hold. In talking about using resources in the Czech Republic (which were also used for Lucas’ WWII drama Red Tails), McCallum said, “The TV series is on hold, but that has nothing to do with the Czech Republic; it has to do with [the episodes being] so ambitious.” But even though the series may not air for a while, he did say the project has made a lot of progress and detailed what’s holding the series back. Details after the jump.
McCallum elaborated, “We have 50 hours of third-draft scripts, but the problem we have is there is a lot of digital animation; we don’t have the technology yet to be able to do them at a price that is safe for television. Since we would be financing them, it would be suicide for us to do this… So we are going to wait three or four years.” That’s certainly disappointing for fans looking forward to seeing their favorite sci-fi universe on the small screen outside of the Clone Wars animated series, but McCallum’s brief details on the new series should keep them interested.
The producer says, “Basically, it is like The Godfather; it’s the Empire slowly building up its power base around the galaxy, what happens in Coruscant, which is the major capital, and it’s a group of underground bosses who live there and control drugs, prostitution.” Sounds like a gritty crime drama set in the heart of the Star Wars universe, and that could be something worth waiting three or four years for after all.