A little while back when George Lucas was promoting Star Tours he talked about the 3D conversions of the Star Wars films as well as the progress of his Star Wars live action series. At that point we were told the series was being shelved until technology advanced to the point he could make a visually compelling series for a fraction of the cost. Well, in a recent interview with producer, Rick McCallum we finally learned a time period attached to that shelf period,
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 [now]. So we are going to wait three or four years.
McCallum also describe what we can expect from the series,
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 [about] a group of underground bosses who live there and control drugs, prostitution.
So, space hookers? Maybe we’ll get too see what happens when you’re addicted to death sticks, too. Whatever the live-action Star Wars series ends up being we’ve got at least five years to wait to be horribly disappointed. Or pleasantly surprised, who knows, Lucas can’t be completely washed out, can he?
I suggest in the meantime you watch Clone Wars and remind yourself what a good Star Wars series can be.