Star Wars Live Action Series

As for the technology, the only reason I can think of for it to be cost prohibitive is if the show intends to feature lots of space battles. If it's just for background settings, a lot can be achieved by using set pieces and locations which are then modified in post-production; as seen in fantasy shows such as Game of Thrones. Moreover, perfect special effects are not needed as long as the writing is good enough to pick up the slack to immerse the audience.

aicn posted this yesterday, a video interview with Rick McCallum, he says that the main concern budgetwise is that they would be using a lot of CG characters. He also says that the working title of the show is 'Star Wars: Underworld', as it concerns the workings of the crooks, bounty hunters and such. They said awhile back it would be like a SW Sopranos, so no surprise there. He also says they have 50 scripts already written:

http://www.aintitcool.com/node/52547
 
50% of the technology will go to making the most realistic Twilek dancers possible.
 
aicn posted this yesterday, a video interview with Rick McCallum, he says that the main concern budgetwise is that they would be using a lot of CG characters. He also says that the working title of the show is 'Star Wars: Underworld', as it concerns the workings of the crooks, bounty hunters and such. They said awhile back it would be like a SW Sopranos, so no surprise there. He also says they have 50 scripts already written:

http://www.aintitcool.com/node/52547

Which is something I don't quite agree with. Why must the show require a lot of CG characters? Especially if that's the only thing holding the show back. Why can't the creators adapt and use actors and/or animatronics instead? Until the day technology is able to completely recreate a photo-realistic person in motion completely through CG (including facial expressions, response to wind, etc), one will never be able to compete with movie-quality CG on a television show's budget.

However, I do find it interesting that he talked about networks. Personally, I think this is where the real challenge lies. Network television requires huge numbers (especially if the show is expensive to produce) while sci-fi has not done too well in recent years. Meanwhile, cable channels, where more niched genres tend to cope better (due to smaller numbers needed), from the sound of things seem to demand more creative control of the shows they air. In which case, the creators will have to compromise at some point if they hope for the project to move forward; either relinquishing some control to the cable channels or to be less CG intensive since I can't imagine the cost of CG to go down so drastically within the next few years for the show to use it on a regular basis on a network budget without taking a huge financial risk.
 
If terra nova is any indication, this show is many many years away...
 
I'm by no means an insider on this show, but I'm sure this show could go low-tech if it wanted to. I really think they're just making things more difficult for themselves like this.
 
With Lucas now wanting to do more Indie stuff i wonder if he's still planing this, i think this could be made with a good budget without too big special effects, more like Battlestar Galactica, but it does seem like they're making things more difficult for them.
 
Moreover, an added bonus for setting the show after Return of the Jedi is that the show can use established characters (namely Luke, Leia, Han Solo and Chewbacca) as a way to draw in viewers, since a sci-fi television series has historically been a very niched market with a small, limited audience. Using a franchise (Star Wars) and characters that the general viewing audience recognise would be the safest way of drawing them in.

Outside of Chewie (who could always be another tall guy in a suit if Peter Mayhew's too long in the tooth for it by that point) and maybe the droids (who are pretty much poster boys for the whole franchise like Yoda and Vader...Anthony Daniels has gotten more steady work out of this franchise than anybody, and that includes suit time, which he's ALSO gotta be gettin' far into the years to be doing), the only way I can see any of the other three characters being involved is either:
A) if they're just being name-dropped and otherwise aren't going to put in an appearance;
B) if the show is set so long after Episode VI that having the characters be that much older would be feasible, or;
C) depending on the time frame, if they're completely re-cast.

The first option would be kind of a waste if they're not being utilized frequently; the second option would be probably restricted to one or two guest appearances - Hamill might do it, Ford I'm not so sure (admittedly, he did guest on the last episode of Young Indy, not to mention coming back for KOTCS, although as characters go he's always seemed more amenable to Indy than Han - he even wanted Han to die in Episode VI), and frankly I wouldn't put any money on Fisher; and the third option would be at least as risky as it was for Abrams when he did "Star Trek".

Personally, I don't think "between Episodes III and IV" is particularly unreasonable an option, but I'm getting a little tired of the Republic/Senate/Empire and Jedi/Sith/Clone Wars end of things...I STILL think they should essentially be doing "Solo & The Wookiee: The Early Years", personally. That way they've got access to at least two of the franchise's most iconic characters and recasting them wouldn't be seen as a problem; as well as frequent guest-shots by other familiar faces who happen to have a presence in the "current" era of the franchise (Boba, Jabba, etc.). I do agree that the bounty hunter/smuggler angle of things would be an effective way of showing just what kind of shape Palpatine and Vader's rise has left the galaxy in, though.
 
With Lucas now wanting to do more Indie stuff i wonder if he's still planing this, i think this could be made with a good budget without too big special effects, more like Battlestar Galactica, but it does seem like they're making things more difficult for them.

They should just do it CG like Clone Wars. They can do more and have bigger stories. Budget wont be an issue and it will be accomplishable on a tv budget. From what has been said the stories are so big that they are not possible on a tv budget. So either they go smaller and sacrifice scope and possibly quality or they go CG.
 
if they do a Live Action series without Jedi, lightsabers, and force powers, I don't I'd be too interested.

especially if it's just going to focus on bounty hunter stuff, like the upcoming SW game.........

now, a bounty hunter who's also a Jedi would get me interested.......lol
 
if they do a Live Action series without Jedi, lightsabers, and force powers, I don't I'd be too interested.

that's why back in the day, I hated droids the cartoon.
 
They should just do it CG like Clone Wars. They can do more and have bigger stories. Budget wont be an issue and it will be accomplishable on a tv budget. From what has been said the stories are so big that they are not possible on a tv budget. So either they go smaller and sacrifice scope and possibly quality or they go CG.
Then they should do another show after the clone wars, because what they said about this live-action show sounds good, with each episode aparently being as great as a movie. If they do another CGI show i'dd rather they did one with Luke during the time between ANH and TESB or after RotJ than a show set between the prequel trilogy and the original trilogy, ii think that this concept can actually work very well as a live action show.

At Celebration III, Lucas stated that if this series (along with Star Wars: The Clone Wars) is successful, more television series may follow. He explained that he has considered setting the time frames of these possible shows during time periods far away from his films. When asked by a fan at his AFI lifetime achievement ceremony if this may include the Knights of the Old Republic/Sith Wars era, Lucas explained that it is always a possibility, and that he may be interested in taking the franchise to those story areas one day.

I think that this sound very good but i'm not shure if George Lucas is still interested in pursuing these ideas as he's aparently going to do smaller things now :csad:
 
God, I hope this has a better chance of happening now...

Help us, ABC...
 
I hope so too, but i doubt they'll keep their original ideas for the show
 
Can you imagine what it might be like having a S.H.I.E.L.D. Series and a Star Wars series on the same channel? What if they air them on the same nights?!?!? My brain will explode from all the awesomeness
 
http://www.deadline.com/2012/10/star-wars-disney-episode-7-three-more-movies-planned/
“We love the fact that this will take its place in our live-action strategy as a known and loved brand,” said Iger of his newest property. “We really like Star Wars’ potential on TV, and Disney XD would be a great home for that.” He did not provide any more details about future Stars Wars TV shows. He added that that the deal “combines two of the strongest family entertainment brands in the world.”
Makes me think they only have animated TV plans for now. :csad:

You don't get the opportunity for a prime time Star Wars series dropped in your lap and say "Hey... lets put this on Disney XD."
 
50% of the technology will go to making the most realistic Twilek dancers possible.

How much can it possibly cost to cover a sex-trafficked 15-year-old Ukrainian stripper in toxic lead-based Chinese body paint?
 
How much can it possibly cost to cover a sex-trafficked 15-year-old Ukrainian stripper in toxic lead-based Chinese body paint?

More than you think. :o



*looks around*

I mean-- Oh, that's terrible! :csad:
 
http://www.deadline.com/2012/10/star-wars-disney-episode-7-three-more-movies-planned/

Makes me think they only have animated TV plans for now. :csad:

You don't get the opportunity for a prime time Star Wars series dropped in your lap and say "Hey... lets put this on Disney XD."

I can see the logic in it. A cartoon is likely easier to do than live-action.

It seems for years Disney has felt they had trouble with seeming attractive to young boys. They tried to making Tron into a franchise they could use. They now have Marvel. They've changed Toon Disney into Disney XD. And now their appeal can increase with Star Wars.
 
More than you think. :o



*looks around*

I mean-- Oh, that's terrible! :csad:

I just knew somebody was going to take that pass in for the touchdown, and I'm not entirely surprised that it's you. :oldrazz:
 
If I were to see an animated series, I kind of would like to see an anthology, like that one comic series a few years back.

Either that, or use the idea of a series taking place between III and IV, and just make it animated, Clone Wars-style.
 
http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/01/10/star-wars-live-action-tv-series-3/
ABC to look at 'Star Wars' live-action TV series
by James Hibberd

ABC entertainment president Paul Lee says he’s going to take a look at the long-gestating Star Wars live-action TV series now that the Disney deal to acquire Lucasfilm is complete.

“We’d love to do something with Lucasfilm, we’re not sure what yet,” Lee exclusively told EW. “We haven’t even sat down with them. We’re going to look at [the live-action series], we’re going to look at all of them, and see what’s right. We weren’t able to discuss this with them until [the acquisition] closed and it just closed. It’s definitely going to be part of the conversation.”

Even many working in Hollywood don’t realize a live-action Star Wars TV series has been sitting on the shelf the past few years. The project was commissioned by longtime Lucasfilm producer Rick McCallum, who enlisted writers such as Battlestar Galactica‘s Ron Moore and swore them to NDA secrecy on the plot details (more on the show’s storyline below). Fifty scripts were written. McCallum once called the scripts the most “provocative, bold and daring material that we’ve ever done.”

And then … nothing.

The scripts gathered dust, the scope of the production and the extent of the show’s necessary visual effects deemed too expensive for a broadcast or cable network. The president of one premium cable outlet told me last summer the project just didn’t make any financial sense. The closest comparison was HBO’s lavish Game of Thrones. But that deal gave HBO control of a major chunk of the Thrones empire, including DVD and international distribution which significantly offset the show’s high production cost. The Star Wars show was budgeted at more than $5 million per episode and Lucasfilm wanted to retain ownership.

But now Disney has purchased Lucasfilm for $4 billion and Disney owns more than a couple TV networks. The financials for a big-budget TV show are more compelling if the license fee and other income sources stay in the family. Already one Star Wars-related project is in the works for kids network Disney XD. Cartoon Network’s popular and innovative animated title The Clone Wars will likely shift to XD after its current deal expires. Could the live-action show finally see the light of day too? It’s a tricky question because a new Star Wars film is planned for 2015. Cautious brand managers are sometimes reluctant to have a live-action TV show on the air when producing live-action films — such as Warner Bros. putting the kibosh on any Batman TV projects while making Christopher Nolan’s trilogy.

Lee said he wasn’t sure if the project was still viable. “It’s going to be very much up to the Lucasfilm brands how they want to play it,” he said. “We got to a point here with Marvel, a very special point, where we’re in the Marvel universe, and very relevantly so, but we’re not doing The Avengers. But S.H.I.E.L.D. is part of The Avengers. So maybe something oblique is the way to [approach the Star Wars universe] rather than going straight head-on at it.”

Sources say the live-action series centers on the story of rival families struggling over the control of the seedy underside of the Star Wars universe and the people who live within the subterranean level and air shafts of the metropolis planet Coruscant (the Empire’s urban-sprawl-covered home planet). A bounty hunter may be the main character. Set between the original Star Wars film trilogy and the prequels, the time period allows for all sorts of potential appearances from classic figures from the Star Wars universe.

Extensive art work including character designs, costume designs, and set designs were all developed by a top team of concept artists and designers who worked for more than a year on the third floor design studio at George Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch’s main house on the project. The team was closely supervised by McCallum and Lucas.

If all this sounds vaguely familiar, it might be because this roughly matches the description of the upcoming Star Wars videogame 1313. In fact, sources say story materials and the designs for the TV project were used to help make the game. So if you want to see what the TV show was supposed to look like, check out art from 1313 (one example above). This creative strip-mining could arguably help the TV show’s chances — it’s not like Hollywood has been shy about doing crossovers between videogames and films before.

Can you imagine that ultra-hypothetical ABC Sunday-night lineup? Once Upon a Time, Star Wars: 1313 and S.H.I.E.L.D?
 
It doesn't matter what work was done In past.This Isn't George Lucas' Star Wars anymore.This Is disney's Star Wars.Lucas had outlines for EPisodes 7-9 but there Is
no Indication they are being used.Same here.Just like who knows how much longer Clone Wars will be on TV.Considering Disney's attitude with Marvel Animated shows I am skeptical
on CLone wars surviving much longer.
 

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