Lucas Chats about Upcoming TV Projects

In Part 1 of TV Guide’s Q&A with George Lucas, the discussion encompassed the documentary Fog City Mavericks (premiering on STARZ, Monday, Sept. 24, at 9 pm/ET), his advice for aspiring filmmakers and why Sean Connery turned down Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Here in Part 2, Lucas discusses the upcoming Star Wars TV projects, the power of the Internet and the television series he was distraught to see go off the air.

TVGuide.com reports:

On the live-action Star Wars TV Series:
Clone Wars has got all the characters in it — Yoda and Anakin and Obi-Wan and the Emperor and all that — so it’s basically the movie. The live-action series is not the movie. It’s the Star Wars universe, but it’s characters from the saga who were previously minor, and it follows their stories. It’s set between movie Episodes III and IV, when the Empire has taken over. It’s like Episode IV in that the Emperor and Darth Vader are heard about — people talk about them — but you never see them because it doesn’t take place where they actually are. There are stormtroopers and all that, but there are no Jedi. It’s different, but I think it’s very exciting because I get to explore a part of that universe that I haven’t been able to explore. Once you have a saga, it’s got a lot of requirements because it’s about a particular thing in this case, Darth Vader — and so it’s his story from the time he’s 10 to the time he died. You really can’t go off that track because that’s the story. Whereas now, I can make a left turn on 10th Street and go down there and see what’s going on.

On the Clone Wars series:
Well, it’s basically like Star Wars in that it takes place between, obviously, the films Episode II and Episode III, but it’s the same kind of action. Unfortunately, it doesn’t fall into the realm of what animation typically is, which is either adult, kind of off-color humor or kiddie stuff. This is, like Star Wars, sort of in between those two things. It’s a lot of battle stuff, and it’s obviously the Clone Wars, so it’s a war picture. So it’s kind of a PG-13 animated TV series, which is something that has never been done before and obviously doesn’t fit in any of the conventional slots that these things fall into. In that, it’s very different, and I think it’s very exciting. It’s got a very, very sophisticated look to it. It’s very much like the features. We’re still trying to figure out how to put it on the air.

We’re going to do a hundred episodes. I think we’re on No. 40 right now. We’ll probably end up with 50 to 60 episodes before we start to put it on the air. We’d like to put it on next fall, in about a year from now, but we’ll see what happens.

Read the full interview here:
George Lucas, Part II: Star Wars Strikes Back — on TV

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7 Responses to Lucas Chats about Upcoming TV Projects

  1. Mark says:

    How is this different from the previous animated Clone Wars series? Since we learned in Episode III that the Clone Wars were just a setup to do away with the Republic and the Jedi, what else is there to know that matters?

  2. zachstarwalker says:

    did he just ask that question. yes everything is controlled by sideous but some people want to know what happened during them.

  3. Stooge says:

    Tre cool about the live action series!

  4. halophiliac says:

    About the live action star wars….so no jedi. If there’s no Jedi, then there won’t be much use of the force and then is it really star wars anymore? Seems like the space opera George is nostalgic for.

  5. Mark Newbold says:

    The concepts work brilliantly. Because he can use every single character he likes, the Clone Wars makes sense to make in CGI, because it will feel much more a part of the saga.
    But, doiing the live action the way it’s set out here is brilliant, because he can really explore the nitty gritty of the Star Wars galaxy. The smugglers, assassins, mercs, bounty hunters – the underworld aspects only hinted at, primarily in the original trilogy.
    If you think the Jedi aspects and the Skywalkers story as ‘the saga’, then this is taking one step to the left.
    Almost like the 6 movies are about the Queen, Prince Phillip, Diana and Charles and the live action sees them on TV and hears them on Radio, but they are unreachable.
    I cannot wait, this sounds amazing. And I WILL write and episode!

  6. David says:

    Some of my favorite Star Wars books (Rogue Squadron, Bounty Hunter Wars, etc.) have little to no Jedi in them as well as no main characters. That was what I liked about them so much. You follow all the main heroes and villains throughout the movies, but this live action series will Lucas and others to explore and expand the Star Wars universe in greater detail.

  7. ikyeya says:

    i had this idea of yoda flashingback to his childhood. i want to play yoda as a 20 something year old!……………….

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