Star Wars: A Live-Action Series Coming Soon?

Published 5 years ago by , Updated July 6th, 2009 at 6:33 pm,

star wars logo Star Wars: A Live Action Series Coming Soon?

Do we still have some rabid Star Wars fans out there?  Semi-rabid?  Tepid?  I know Niall is, as shown when he first talked about a live-action Star Wars show back in March.

If you’re an animation fan, you’ve probably been watching the animated series on Cartoon Network titled Star Wars: Clone Wars that was airing on Friday nights.

Now, “inside sources” are stating that a live action Star Wars series will start shooting soon.

The interesting angle on this is that they’re using Australian-based talent to pump out what they consider to be scripts of the highest quality.  They’re also going outside the Sci-Fi industry to find their writers.

They’ve approached writers from award winning shows down under like Love My Way and Secret Life of Us.  The idea is to aim the writing towards the style of those shows, which focuses on relationships between the characters.  It’s like a new writing fad…  it’s all about the relationships.

All joking aside, when a show focuses on characters and doesn’t become dependent on visual effects or events, it definitely helps the focus of the writing.

This approach to a new Star Wars venue is verging away from the last few efforts that were geared towards the younger audience and it’s hoped, I presume, that it will snare the older, mature audience and excite them anew!

The hands-off executive producer, George Lucas, has been noted to saying that the show will have at least 100 episodes and likens it to “Deadwood meets The Sopranos in space.”

If cowboys and organized crime met in space, wouldn’t they just suffocate?

Anyway, the new series is set in the time-frame between the movies Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope and will be experienced from minor characters from within the mythos of the Star Wars realm.

Casting has started, Lucas is financing the show himself and does not have a network partner yet.

I have to wonder if this effort is going to be worth it?  I do like quality story.  I also like my blasters and the use of ‘The Force’ in my Star Wars stories.  Will this work for me?  If the story is good enough, sure, I think it will.  Will it finally get on the air and wow the general populace or will it pan out and become more fodder for a cable station that snatches up repeats of canceled shows?

Sources:  /Film, /Film

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  1. If they wanna do a live action series..why not concentrate on the Expanded Universe series…translate the books to short mini-tv-series movies kinda thing…

    hehe

  2. @justdavid, I think that cow died long ago…

  3. @justdavid

    The live-action show is not Clone Wars-era, but rather post-War, pre-Episode IV. This is actually one of the less-developed periods of time in the Star Wars movie era. They’re running a comic called “Dark Times,” and of course “The Force Unleashed,” but most of the other material is set closer to Episode IV (Han Solo and Lando novels, Dark Forces, etc), if I’m remembering correctly.

    @Ken J

    They’re removing liquid now at the cellular level. I think once the Clone Wars series is over (in about four years, if they get their way — 100 episodes), then they’ll focus elsewhere.

    But, it might be worth it if I get to see some X-Wings on TV.
    I love me some X-Wings … rumor is they’re casting for Rebel Alliance parts for the series, so maybe it won’t exclusively be criminal stuff (I know, technically the Rebels are criminals as well, by the Empire’s way of thinking).

  4. I want to see a Star Wars movie about the Great Droid Revolution which took place on Coruscent (in the year 4,015 BBY). It says on Wookiepedia:

    “The Great Droid Revolution was an uprising of droids on Coruscant which occurred in 4,015 BBY and the first conflict of the Old Sith Wars. It was during the Revolution where Jedi Master Arca Jeth learned the technique of short-circuiting a droid by using the Force. One of the memorable instants of the Revolution was when juggernaught war droids battled rocket-jumpers over Monument Plaza.

    “After the rogue assassin droid HK-01 was finally captured, the Republic spent many years recovering from the attacks. Droid designers and manufacturers then turned to weapons developers to work on ion weapons that would short-circuit a droid’s electronic systems. The result of this conflict would be an end to the budding ‘droids’ rights’ movement for a time.”

  5. Stan have you read “Tales of the Bounty Hunters”?
    You would enjoy the tale of IG-88. Its the first story in the book.

  6. Thank you, 790. I have never read that before, but I will definitely have to check it out. I am not very familiar with a lot of the material from Star Wars other than the movies, but I have been soing some online research lately. I think that there are a lot of cool things that would make great movies.

    HK-47: “There is a faction of meatbags called the Sith. They want what any rational meatbag would want—the power to assassinate anyone they choose at any time.”

  7. @Stan you will dig the IG-88 story in the book. Its a fast paced well told story. It could easily be a kick ass 3-part episode of the series, even a film. I hope Lucas let’s some of the novels/short stories come to life in this new live action show. Btw, IG-88′s story Co stars Darth Vader and Boba Fett,,,

    the Novel covers the origins of the Bounty Hunters assembled by Lord Vader in “Empire Strikes Back” its like 6 bucks.

    1-IG-88
    2-Boassk
    3-4Lom & Zuckess
    4-Degar
    5-Boba Fett

    There’s also Tales from Jabbas Palace and Tales from Mos Esley. All are very well written and very heavy in back story links to our heroes in the War against the Empire.
    Luke, Han and Leia.

  8. That really sounds great, 790. I will have to look into that. Have you read anything about how Darth Maul became a Sith lord?

    It says on Wookiepedia, “The ultimate test came when Maul was abandoned by his master on an isolated Outer Rim Territories world, forced to survive alone while being hunted by hordes of assassin droids. After a month’s time, Sidious returned and challenged his apprentice to a lightsaber duel, one which Maul quickly lost. Sidious then tossed Maul’s lightsaber aside and told Maul that he had failed, and revealed that he had been secretly training another apprentice to replace Maul the entire time. Rage and hatred overwhelmed Maul and, in one final act of defiance, he lunged forward and sunk his teeth into his master’s hand. As he spat the blood back into his master’s face in contempt, Maul realized he was no match for the Dark Lord of the Sith, and when Maul’s emotions were finally spent, he prepared himself for death. Sidious struck his lightsaber down on Maul, but without killing him since it had only been a training lightsaber. Sidious then laughed. By wanting to kill his own master, Maul had in fact passed the final test. There had been no other apprentice. Sidious proclaimed him Darth Maul, a Lord of the Sith and took him to a new home on Coruscant.”

  9. I haven’t read any of the Old Republic stuff Stan. But I think that story would be cool to see in this new series. I know lots of Star Wars fans would actually (pay per view) to see some of these tales come to life. ;-)

    There’s really a ton of back story material in Star Wars, every character has a story to tell…
    I couldn’t believe the back stories they developed just out of the characters in Jabba’s throne room. Remember that little dog-like creature in the hallway? He has A story! That book actually gets into what happened to Jabba’s palace after he died.

    Wookiepedia, ;-)

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