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Master Exploder
Date: September 28, 2004

Source: IESB.NET/

Author: Zeus

Since last year George Lucas has been dropping hints regarding the possibility of a TV series. Today they are no longer hints. On USA Today, the TV series was confirmed by Lucas and now most recently the President of Lucas licensing, Howard Roffman, has quoted stating that a live action TV Series will indeed hit airwaves by fall of 2006.

George Lucas is not expected to direct or have anything to do with the day to day operations. Lucas during his USA Today interview said "Ultimately, I'm going to probably move it into television and let other people take it.....You know, I've got offshoot novels, I've got offshoot comics. So it's very easy to say, "Well, OK, that's that genre, and I'll find a really talented person to take it and create it." Just like the comic books and the novels are somebody else's way of doing it. I don't mind that. Some of it might turn out to be pretty good. If I get the right people involved, it could be interesting.

All indications from Skywalker Ranch point to George wanting to find someone to take creative control from his hands. George will remain as an "Executive Producer" but wants to have a creative team including veteran sci-fi writers and directors. The most interesting thing is that George is wanting to hand over the reigns of Star Wars to someone who will respect the films and is actually a fan of the saga. One name keeps popping up during my calls to my "Ranch" associates as a perfect candidate to become "Lord" over Star Wars. According to Lucasfilm insiders George would like someone with writing and directing experience and that already has a connection with the fan base and also be an independent film maker.

So who is this "Fan Boy" that Lucasfilm would like to recruit? Before I drop any names I am sure that plenty of you guys and gals will think that I am absolutely crazy and out of my mind. The first name that I was given was no other than Kevin Smith. "Kevin Smith would be the ideal person to handle a Star Wars TV series", the IESB was told. "He is well recognized with the fandom and he was worked on some capacity with Lucasfilm during a Hasbro commercial a few years back, he is also a very good writer," said the source.

So would Kevin Smith be interested in getting involved in some capacity with Star Wars TV? You normally don't get directors from the big screen go to the small screen but if there is any truth to these speculations we might have the best of Star Wars ahead of us. But as much optimism there is from one side of the Ranch there is also some pessimism. "I just hope that he [George] doesn't just do the TV series for the money that it will make and end up giving us a weekly kiddie show, he needs to learn from the mistakes from Star Trek and give sci-fi fans a quality show," said the source.

In a recent interview that we had with Star Trek head honchos Rick Berman and Manny Coto we asked them what kind of advice they would offer George Lucas regarding a weekly Star Wars TV series. "Its one thing to have three years and over a 100 million dollars to create a one 2 hour movie compared to 22 to 26 one hour episodes in a year with a very limited budget and still have to remain fresh in the eyes of your audience", said Berman. Manny Coto also had a good point when he said " You have to concentrate on the story and also the characters and not make a weekly special effects show." When asked if he had any other advice for George, "He can always hire me if Enterprise doesn't work out".

So who will helm the new Star Wars TV series? Who ever it is will probably be brought aboard right after ROTS premieres in May 2005. A fall 2006 release would give Lucasfilm one year to get the TV series ready to blast off.
Star Wars was killed a few years ago and now all they are doing is kicking its corpse around :(
I dunno...if the right people got involved with it, and some really really great sories could be bashed epic stories that can be told over the seasons really well...and written really could be fucking awesome. :kickass:

If it turns into some bullshit Star Wars - Hunt for the Midichlorians with thin stupid storylines that just mooch off the newer trilogy aspects of the story, then that would suck. But If they could launch it off AFTER ROTJ in the a galaxy where an oppresive empire has just fallen, and everything is starting new...not trying to follow the books, although Han and Leia's twins could play some sort of role, or even Luke as an older Jedi could be some sort of cameo...Make some sort of super pilot with some ROTJ cast members that sets up the general feel and projects the series into its storyline well. Could very well be a TV masterpiece, at least in the Sci Fi TV world.

Could even be based around a new hero. A new Luke for the TV world. Some planet that has just felt the grip of the Empire let go and begin to blosom into its own entity...following the life of a young boy or girl as they grow up to realise that the force is strong with them and be taken into the new Jedi order.

George should just hire me.
(I read this somewhere else, so I can't take credit for the idea, but I do like it)

Hopefully it could be like Stargate. The movie was average, but the thing that made the franchise worthwhile was the TV series.
They should set it DURING the first three movies, make it about smugglers, or soldiers at the frontlines, things like that, no jedi! Then they could work bits from the movies in as the series progresses, so they could show how the Bothans found where the Death Star plans are and stuff like that.
i picked this years ago when george said no more movies.

i want em to do an x wing tv show and incorporate wedge and the whole story of corran horn, and the jedi academy story based on luke, and parts of the thrawn trilogy. there is so much story to steal to make a great tv series.