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"Star Wars" Live Action Television Series Sounds Awesome, Will Never Happen

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | June 6, 2012 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | June 6, 2012 |

There have been rumors of a live action “Star Wars” television series lurking since even before the Internet wormed its twisty little tubes into all of our homes and offices, but over the last few years there has been the real possibility that it might actually happen at some point. Rick McCallum, a longtime producer at Lucasfilm, has given an interview and provided some quite lovely quotes that will at first make your mouth water in anticipation, and then your soul groan in disappointment as you realize just how little of a chance what he is describing has of coming to fruition.

Take this little taste:

“We have spent three and a half years on and there are 50 hours totally scripted… Well, they’re all second draft scripts and it would probably take a year of prep before shooting would start, but that’s because they’re all very complex.”

Fifty hours of scripts? That’s over two seasons of network television, and a solid four or five of some of the shorter seasoned shows. Hell, the rebooted “Battlestar Galactica” only ran for 75 episodes total. They’ve got the story ready to go for one beast of a television series.

And then check this one:

“These stories are adult. I mean…these are like Deadwood in space. [It’s] so unlike anything you’ve ever associated with George before in relation to Star Wars. These aren’t for kids. I mean, we hope they’ll watch, but it’s not being targeted at 8-to-9 year old boys.”

“Deadwood”? Part of me wants to really cynically rip apart McCallum for even drawing the comparison, that there’s no way this series can live up to that. But the part of me that really wants to believe, that part hits the first part from behind with a crowbar. And then I start to thinking, that with Lucas retiring, maybe the moment is coming for Star Wars like it came for Star Trek, the way that although Roddenberry’s passing was a loss, it also gave his creation the freedom to go in darker directions that he could not stomach.

The problem is that the studios are balking at the adult themed story, worried that the cash cow will be short on milk even if it’s the creamiest they’ve ever tasted. And that’s compounded by the sheer magnitude of the show’s ambition:

“The situation we have is that each episode - or if you put two hour long episodes together - is bigger than any film we’ve ever done. It’s on the Avatar level and we’ll only have about $5-6 million we can spend on each episode.”

Ah, at least we’ll always have the video games.

(source: Dark Horizons)

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Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.