There's been some misinformation and misinterpretation bouncing around of late, in respect of the Star Wars live-action TV series. I can't have been the only one who, seeing George Lucas pop up on the BBC's coverage of the Grand Prix today, hope that they'd grill him to set the record straight. They didn't. They spoke to him about the weather.
The best info comes from Rick McCallum, producer of the prequels and the in-development show, in conversation with Czech Position. Recently, McCallum and Lucasfilm shot Red Tails in the Czech Republic, so the question arose about using the same resources and stages for the planned Star Wars show:
Oh, absolutely. This would be one of the primary places because of the talent…
But when? He went on:
The TV series is on hold, but that has nothing to do with the Czech Republic; it has to do with [the episodes being] so ambitious.
And McCallum also clarified the nature of this ambition:
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… So we are going to wait three or four years.
Though McCallum does fear that, by then, TV may have become nothing more than a morass of reality shows. At least he says he fears that, but does anybody really believe it's going to get so bad that drama will disappear from the networks completely?
Not that the networks seem like an ideal home for this particular show. The way McCallum pitches it, the series sounds an awful lot like a strand of The Wire, just a long time ago and in a galaxy far away:
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 a group of underground bosses who live there and control drugs, prostitution.
Star Wire it is, then. And if we want to see it, all we have to do is boycott Dancing With The Stars and its ilk for four years.