Looks like the planned 50 hours of live-action Star Wars television won’t happen for another 3-5 years, according to JoBlo.
“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… 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,” said Rick McCallum in a Czech paper.
This is the strange part of his interview: “Network television and cable television as we know it are completely imploding, so we’re not really sure that in five years’ time we can release a dramatic one-hour episode because it is all reality TV now.”
Right now is the golden age of television drama. Just because the business model for cable is imploding thanks to the Internet doesn’t mean that dramatic television is losing out to reality tv. That’s just ass-backwards.
As for the show itself, McCallum added, “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.”
Which sounds stupid. There are other Star Wars stories other than the ones that take place during the lifetime of Darth Vader. But also? Setting your show on a planet that requires an incredible amount of digital animation — Coruscant would have to 100% CGI, right? — is just dumb. Or they could be ballsy and make the sets like something akin to Blade Runner.
Either way, this probably means we won’t ever see a live-action Star Wars show.