Remember all the hubbub about a Star Wars television show that would take place between Episodes III and IV and would focus on the underworld of Coruscant? It was rumored to be called Star Wars: Underworld and we’ve been told hours upon hours of scripts had been written but since it would be too expensive to make right now it’d be on hold for a few years. Well, there’s been an update, as in it’s no real update but producer Rick McCallum assures us the series is still happening…someday.
It all boils down to money. With where technology is right now the 50 scripts they have written would just be too expensive to film. They’re waiting for things to be more affordable. Affordable like $4-5 million per episode! That’s a freakin’ pricey TV show, what the hell would it cost now!?!
McCallum talked with IGN at Kapow! Comic Con where he gave them the update,
When do you think will finally see some of Star Wars: Underworld?
By now we’ve learned what television shows succeeded and which didn’t this season, but it’s never too soon to start speculating about what new shows the networks will try out next. In the works right now is a drama series based on Hannibal Lecter, of Silence of the Lambs fame, cleverly named Hannibal and an animated series based on those munchie-lovin’ stoners, Harold & Kumar.
The Hannibal series has been picked up by NBC and is being developed by Bryan Fuller, producer of Dead Like Me and Pushing Daisies. The show will follow Lector’s early days as a serial killer, and in particular his time facing off against FBI agent, Will Graham.
Fuller is developing a script against a 13-episode commitment, meaning that the project won’t go through a pilot stage but straight to series if NBC brass like the script. The network has a short window after receiving Fuller’s script to pick it up.
Sounds good to me. If a series like Dexter, about a serial killer working for good, can succeed like it has I have high hopes for Hannibal Lector. He’s only one of the most famous, fictional serial killers out there. I’ll be curious to see who they’ll cast for Lector. I mean, Anthony Hopkin’s performance is iconic, it’ll be a tough job filling those shoes.
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas opened this passed weekend and is only the third film of the series. For a franchise that began seven years agos we haven’t seen too much from the lovable stoners. But that could change if the animated series Lionsgate is shopping around gets picked up. As of right now Comedy Central and MTV are interested parties.
The best news about a Harold & Kumar animated series is not only are original writers Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg signed on but John Cho and Kal Penn are on board as well! No word on Neil Patrick Harris, but he’d better at least be included as a recurring role. It wouldn’t be the same without him!
Stoked to see either of these shows come to fruition?
While Marvel beefs up their movie-verse DC is looking to TV for their next big success. They seem to be desperately searching for something to fill Smallville‘s gaping hole, and it unfortunately wasn’t Wonder Woman. Could a Spectre series be the ticket? The CW is currently developing a Deadman series,but this Spectre series is being developed by Fox with Brandon Camp writing and executive producing. Deadman and Spectre aren’t all that different, might they saturate the market with dead detectives/super heroes?
If you’re unfamiliar with the Spectre, God’s Vengeance, /Film as pretty good character summation,
He’s a second-stringer (or, more graciously, supporting character and occasional leading man) that has been part of the DC universe since the ’40s, when he was created by Jerry Siegel.
In life he was a cop, Jim Corrigan, but after being murdered he’s stuck in a post-death limbo, from which he seeks vengeance against his own killers (see where R.I.P.D. got its ideas?) and eventually against other evil men.
Over the decades the character has been a supernatural crusader; a member of the Justice Society of America (the first superhero team); a massively-powered, nearly omnipotent force; an excessively aggressive righter of wrongs; and an embodiment of God’s anger towards human evil. The ghostly aspect of the Spectre even became tied to Green Lantern Hal Jordan at one point.
I think this concept has a lot of potential. Particularly if they take their cues from the animated Spectre short from DC Showcase. It was brilliant, and captured the sinister feel of the Spectre perfectly. Watch a clip, here. Plus, Corrigan/Spectre was voiced by Gary Cole who I think would be fantastic in a television series, but I’m guessing they’ll want to cast someone younger. Screw that.
What do you think? Would you watch a Spectre TV series or should DC stop trying and just rehash another part of Superman’s life for a show (Lois & Clark, Smallville, what’s next?)?
Yeah, ’bout that. Not gonna happen. Regardless of the likelihood this project will ever see the light of day, Eric Kripke is apparently working on a Deadman television series pitch for the CW. This would be the same Deadman whose a crime-solving ghost/ former acrobat. If The Cape couldn’t find an audience and it’s final episode wasn’t even aired on television but rather made available on the web, how would this show be picked up?
I would find a Deadman series pretty interesting, but I know I don’t represent a majority of the television viewing community, and definitely not the CW’s audience. What’s even on that channel, anyway? Kripke’s last project was a Sandman television series, which, as you can guess, also never became a reality (and was apparently better).
Would you watch a Deadman TV show? Would you be even a little interested? Deadman is about to be featured in the new DC Showcase series, so maybe the time is ripe for Deadman to break into the mainstream.
There is so much awesome on the geek horizon at the moment it’s hard to keep your head on straight. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 opens July 15th, The Walking Dead Season 2 premieres this October and Green Lantern: The Animates Series begins end of 2011. And today we’ve got a preview for each one. You’ve hit clip jackpot.
It’s less than a month now until Harry’s last adventure and who else is getting chills? Every clip and trailer I see only gets me more pumped for what looks like one hell of an epic showdown. This latest TV spot will only amplify your excitement. Remember the snippet of wizard fighting we saw in the fifth film? I’m expecting that, times a hundred.
For a behind the scenes look at the upcoming season of The Walking Dead and the newest promo trailer for Green Lantern: The Animated Series click the jump.
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.
Okay, ugh, I really wanted to be excited about this show. I really wanted Wonder Woman to finally be given the movie/TV adaptation treatment she so justly deserves as a member of DC’s holy trinity. Batman and Superman get new movies every other week but other than her exploits in animation we’ve never had a Wonder Woman movie.
We’re getting a TV series which was great news until we read the script and realized this wasn’t Wonder Woman at all. This was some love-sick CEO who at night fights petty criminals and then goes home eats a pint of ice cream and mopes about her single life like she’s Carrie from Sex and the City.
Where the hell is our kick-ass Amazon Princess?! I know where she’s not, in this god-awful, out-of-the-bag Halloween costume. Seriously, who looked at this and thought, “Yes, we’ve nailed Wonder Woman’s iconic look!” You got the colors right, but that’s about it. I thought we had moved beyond putting female heroes in skin-tight leather costumes when we realized no one will ever look as good as Michelle Pfeiffer‘s Catwoman.
Click the jump to see the full image. One good thing this costume’s got going for it is Adrianne Palicki‘s boobs look fantastic, and maybe that’s all that matters. You go girl!