Already pretty deep into development, but so-far stalled due to budget and technical concerns, the live action Star Wars show is one of the great undelivered promises in modern TV (somewhere just behind season four of Veronica Mars and something, anything more for Firefly).
Producer Rick McCallum is going to be fielding a lot of questions about this show in the coming weeks as he takes to the road to promote Red Tails, the new Lucasfilm picture about the Tuskagee Airmen.
First on his case were the guys at IGN. They've posted a video of their chat with McCallum, at least as far as Star Wars talk goes. Here it is:
Should you be at work and unable to listen, or not have the requisite six minutes spare, here are a series of key points:
- 50 scripts have been completed
- The episodes are an hour long
- Each is "bigger" than "any of the prequels were"
- They take place between episode 3 and episode 4
- The working title is Star Wars: Underworld and the show is about the "underneath of what is going on", "the criminals, the gangs that are running like, you know Wall Street, basically running the United States"
- McCallum describes the show as "complex", "dark" and "adult"
- The budget could be as much as $5 million per episode
- But the show just can't be made for that at the moment
- The budget is high because there are lots of digitally animated characters
McCallum also makes a series of observations on cable TV and the state of the broadcasting nation, but they don't break down so nicely into bullet points.
I'm not sure we'll ever see this show. I hope we do, but I'm certainly not going to live in wait.