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Live action Star Wars tv show in the works.

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edited November 2007 in Debate and/or Discourse
I did several searches for this, and waited a while to see if anyone would make a topic. But they haven't, so. . .

After Revenge of the Sith there were rumours going around that a TV show would be created based around some Jedi who had survived "Order 66," that it would be about them running away from Vader's Jedi cleansing. And the fact is that between Episode 3 and Episode 4 we have some 18 years.

Last week Lucas made it official. There would be a live action Star Wars show, tentatively set for release in 2009. No cast yet.

Here's the Wikipedia entry. Here's IMDB's.

The complaints I've been hearing are mostly along the line that it will just further sully the rep of Episodes 4-6, and that it can't live up to the high production values. I know that if Lucas attaches ILM and Skywalker ranch to the production then at least it will look nice, and he really has no reason not to.

As he usually does, Lucas hinted at further things to come if the show is a hit, possibly with some KOTOR-era series. My dream would be an HBO-produced EU series with hardcore Vong action. But that just won't ever happen.

So, is this great news for people who like watching TV, or is this one more kick in the nuts for everyone who wishes that Episodes 1-3 never happened? Discuss!

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    DarkPrimusDarkPrimus Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    ... Last week they officially announced it? But there's been articles online and in print for well over half a year with quotes from Lucas about the television shows.

    Yes, shows. As in, two of them. The live-action one, and a CG one set during the Clone Wars, which had a trailer up on SW.com a short while ago.

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    _J__J_ Pedant Registered User, __BANNED USERS regular
    edited October 2007
    They did a PA strip about thisat least a year ago. I can't find it right now...

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    GoatmonGoatmon Companion of Kess Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    ^ ^ ^

    I remember that strip. They were portraying it as a typical shitty WB teen drama.

    Edit: Found it!

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    Grey GhostGrey Ghost Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
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    FeralFeral MEMETICHARIZARD interior crocodile alligator ⇔ ǝɹʇɐǝɥʇ ǝᴉʌoɯ ʇǝloɹʌǝɥɔ ɐ ǝʌᴉɹp ᴉRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    WHO IS FUNDING THIS AND WHY AREN'T THEY FUNDING NEW EPISODES OF FIREFLY?

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    ShoggothShoggoth Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE FUCKING STUPID. THEY EAT THAT SHIT UP.

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    DarkPrimusDarkPrimus Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Feral wrote: »
    WHO IS FUNDING THIS AND WHY AREN'T THEY FUNDING NEW EPISODES OF FIREFLY?

    Because it's probably out of George Lucas' pockets, and he doesn't want to fund someone elses' baby?

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    DevilGuyDevilGuy Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    oh god, given the formula for a hit show these days I don't wanna even think about this.

    more firefly would rock but I think wheadon (sp?) kinda blew us all off when he killed book and wash.

    note: no I didn't spoiler it... if you havent seen it yet you don't deserve a spoiler tag, it been years

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    Bloods EndBloods End Blade of Tyshalle Punch dimensionRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Quinlan Vos needs to star.

    The Adventures of Quinlan Vos: Jedi....WITH A GUN

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    MivonksMivonks Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Bloods End wrote: »
    Quinlan Vos needs to star.

    The Adventures of Quinlan Vos: Jedi....WITH A GUN

    Yes. Yes! YES!!!!!

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    FalxFalx Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    You know it's going to be a sitcom where two clone troopers, a highly attractive female sith, and a jedi padawan are forced to share a small apartment.

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    FirstComradeStalinFirstComradeStalin Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    DarkPrimus wrote: »
    Feral wrote: »
    WHO IS FUNDING THIS AND WHY AREN'T THEY FUNDING NEW EPISODES OF FIREFLY?

    Because it's probably out of George Lucas' pockets, and he doesn't want to fund someone elses' baby?

    While he spoils his own baby while it shits all over itself.

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    LondonBridgeLondonBridge __BANNED USERS regular
    edited October 2007
    It'll be a live action Droids, mark my words... Probably about their adventures on the blockade runner with Captain Antilles.

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    corcorigancorcorigan Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Sigh. Cartoon Star Wars works much better I feel.

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    xraydogxraydog Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    I don't know, I'm kind of excited about it. It sure would be different seeing an hour-long live action Star Wars TV series. I really like that it's going to focus on non-important characters instead of the epic sith vs jedi clash we've been used to.

    Anyway, if these rumors/spoilers are anything to go by I think it will be more than halfway decent.

    http://theforce.net/latestnews/story/Big_Time_Live_Action_Series_Rumors_109484.asp
    http://www.aintitcool.com/node/34451


    1. Pod Races will be revisited as the series will try to take in and revisit a lot in the SW universe we have come to know and love through the movies.

    2. One of the Pod Racers highlighted will be a character named Thall Joben, who you may, or may not, remember from the Droids animated series.

    3. We will see Rebel bases, Star Destroyers, Imperial troops, officers, undercover operatives and much more...

    4. Expect to see some EU tie-ins (horray!) An example being a Rebel General with the last name Durron. Could this be the father or family member of the future Kessel slave turned Jedi, Kyp Durron?

    5. We will see a character named General Papanoida who could be the very same character that George Lucas played during the Opera House scenes in Revenge of the Sith, Barron Papanoida.

    6. We will see some characters from the films such as Bib Fortuna and Oola, the poor, rancor eaten, beautiful dancing Twi'lek.

    7. The Death Star plans should come into play.

    8. The series will go into detail with the characters and what makes them tick. Not everyone is either good or bad.

    9. Look for the tone to be that of the Original Trilogy but a bit edgier.

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    NightslyrNightslyr Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    xraydog wrote: »
    I don't know, I'm kind of excited about it. It sure would be different seeing an hour-long live action Star Wars TV series. I really like that it's going to focus on non-important characters instead of the epic sith vs jedi clash we've been used to.

    Anyway, if these rumors/spoilers are anything to go by I think it will be more than halfway decent.

    http://theforce.net/latestnews/story/Big_Time_Live_Action_Series_Rumors_109484.asp
    http://www.aintitcool.com/node/34451


    1. Pod Races will be revisited as the series will try to take in and revisit a lot in the SW universe we have come to know and love through the movies.

    2. One of the Pod Racers highlighted will be a character named Thall Joben, who you may, or may not, remember from the Droids animated series.

    3. We will see Rebel bases, Star Destroyers, Imperial troops, officers, undercover operatives and much more...

    4. Expect to see some EU tie-ins (horray!) An example being a Rebel General with the last name Durron. Could this be the father or family member of the future Kessel slave turned Jedi, Kyp Durron?

    5. We will see a character named General Papanoida who could be the very same character that George Lucas played during the Opera House scenes in Revenge of the Sith, Barron Papanoida.

    6. We will see some characters from the films such as Bib Fortuna and Oola, the poor, rancor eaten, beautiful dancing Twi'lek.

    7. The Death Star plans should come into play.]/b]

    8. The series will go into detail with the characters and what makes them tick. Not everyone is either good or bad.

    9. Look for the tone to be that of the Original Trilogy but a bit edgier.


    Kyle Katarn, anyone?

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    FalxFalx Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    As long as he doesn't inject pointless musical "extravaganzas" into it, I would welcome an old trilogy flavour on the series.

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    FencingsaxFencingsax It is difficult to get a man to understand, when his salary depends upon his not understanding GNU Terry PratchettRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Sounds maybe like Bria Tharen (Oh my gods, I'm such a nerd) might get a mention.

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    FallingmanFallingman Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    My brain took a while to digest the use of "Pod Races" and "SW Universe that we all know and love" - in the same sentence.

    I'd rather a smaller budget, gritty kind of rise of the rebellion, type show. The dangers and the espoinage involved in going against the new order...

    I'm increasingly aware that although I'm a long term starwars nut... I might not be the target demographic for the new "glittery" show.

    Please George... be kind.

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    BobCescaBobCesca Is a girl Birmingham, UKRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    All I know about this show is I am going to get more and more excited about it, I'll finally get to see it, and (if Lucas is really heavily involved and Murphy plays true to form) it will suck and I'll cry :cry:

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    SithDrummerSithDrummer Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    xraydog wrote: »
    I5. We will see a character named General Papanoida who could be the very same character that George Lucas played during the Opera House scenes in Revenge of the Sith, Barron Papanoida.
    Just what I always wanted, additional exposition on a throwaway character ol' George used for a pointless cameo!

    God, for the amount of ignoring that George does to his fanbase, he must think we're his No Mutants Allowed or something. Except we're right, and he's slipping into dementia.

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    deowolfdeowolf is allowed to do that. Traffic.Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Falx wrote: »
    You know it's going to be a sitcom where two clone troopers, a highly attractive female sith, and a jedi padawan are forced to share a small apartment.

    This would unarguably be better than whatever happens.

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    GoatmonGoatmon Companion of Kess Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Fallingman wrote: »
    I'd rather a smaller budget, gritty kind of rise of the rebellion, type show. The dangers and the espoinage involved in going against the new order..

    Any chance of your idea being reasonable ended at "smaller budget".

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    FallingmanFallingman Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Goatmon wrote: »
    Fallingman wrote: »
    I'd rather a smaller budget, gritty kind of rise of the rebellion, type show. The dangers and the espoinage involved in going against the new order..

    Any chance of your idea being reasonable ended at "smaller budget".

    I guess what I was getting at was "less cartoony". Lets get less CGI... Back to the spirit of the thing.

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    GoatmonGoatmon Companion of Kess Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    That'll never happen because George Lucas is never going to run out of money or computer technology. He did his best work he had to hold back his imagination, I think.

    But who knows. We'll see how it is when we see how it is. *shrug*

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    Der Waffle MousDer Waffle Mous Blame this on the misfortune of your birth. New Yark, New Yark.Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    So...


    Young Han Solo Chronicles?

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    CherrnCherrn Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    I definitely have high hopes for this. TV series are taken a lot more serious production-wise these days than just a couple of years ago, so surely it's the right time. It's bound to start out slow, but if they, as the rumors say, already have storyboards for 3 seasons, there are loads of things they can do with it.

    This has TONS of potential; they just need a talented crew.

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    DarkWarriorDarkWarrior __BANNED USERS regular
    edited October 2007
    As long as it revolves around Revan and not the skywalker clan, its ok with me. Or they get the writers of KOTOR to do it.

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    LondonBridgeLondonBridge __BANNED USERS regular
    edited October 2007
    Hmmm, maybe it'll be a political romance about a young Senator who is fighting the good fight at the Imperial Senate. It'll be the like the West Wing but with repulsor lifts.

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    BernardBernoulliBernardBernoulli Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    We all know this is going to turn out badly. Really, the PT was poor in so many ways you could complain about any and every aspect. Really, when they spend so much money on SFX and even they aren't fantastic consistently, there's something wrong. When Natalie Portman and Ewan McGregor are always acting poorly, there's something very wrong.

    Will it being cheaper make it better? I doubt it, most of what was wrong with the PT can be summed up pretty succinctly: Lucas being too involved. The best way for SW to be handled is for him to come up with the basic idea, have the script(s) re-written by competent writers, the whole thing not be directed by Lucas, and not involve Lucas cramming merchandise opportunities in. Now though, he's got enough money and can exert enough control for him to ruin anything, but I doubt he'll be writing and directing them all.

    Also, why not set it during the NJO series? Can't I have one damn game with the NJO? Preferably a JK-style one. And, stop everyone involved in making new games think they can make things more interesting by making the characters more powerful. Damn it

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    Der Waffle MousDer Waffle Mous Blame this on the misfortune of your birth. New Yark, New Yark.Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    I would love to see a star wars anthology-type show.


    Screw over-arching plots, just have self-contained episodes centering on different characters in different time periods.

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    arod_77arod_77 __BANNED USERS regular
    edited October 2007
    The NJO is fucking ripe for a tv series: its already written as a goddamn miniseries anyway

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    arod_77arod_77 __BANNED USERS regular
    edited October 2007
    Give me "Star Wars: Wraith Squadron"

    and I will build

    a temple

    to the fucking gods

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    nexuscrawlernexuscrawler Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    arod_77 wrote: »
    The NJO is fucking ripe for a tv series: its already written as a goddamn miniseries anyway

    Old Mark Hamil would even make sense!

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    cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Regent Bears The Name FreedomRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    As long as there's more ship-to-ship combat.

    For a series called 'Star Wars', the new trilogy had little to no aerial combat.

    I want epic fleet warfare. Like the last book of the Rogue Squadron series. A few X-Wings against massive Imperial Armadas.

    And none of this robot crap: pilots and officers. The Episode III novel had more officer drama than all three of the new movies combined.
    One Imperial officer conversating with Grievous before informing him they'd just wipe out his entire ship outright.

    That's the stuff I miss.

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    ChurchChurch Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    I would love to see a star wars anthology-type show.


    Screw over-arching plots, just have self-contained episodes centering on different characters in different time periods.

    Sort of like the Kotor games?

    Yes. That would be awesome.

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    DarkPrimusDarkPrimus Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    When Natalie Portman and Ewan McGregor are always acting poorly, there's something very wrong.

    Ewan MacGregor was fine.

    I'll tell you what Natalie Portman's problem was, and you'll be shocked.

    She doesn't like Star Wars.

    I'm not joking. She literally had never seen the movies before she was cast as Amidala, and she never did any research by herself into the history or lore of the series. She basically is phoning it in through the entire PT.

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    BernardBernoulliBernardBernoulli Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    DarkPrimus wrote: »
    Ewan MacGregor was fine.

    I'll tell you what Natalie Portman's problem was, and you'll be shocked.

    She doesn't like Star Wars.

    I'm not joking. She literally had never seen the movies before she was cast as Amidala, and she never did any research by herself into the history or lore of the series. She basically is phoning it in through the entire PT.

    McGregor was fine in places, in others he was completely off. And I'm not blaming him, it's the Director's responsibility to make sure the acting's okay, especially when there are good actors available.

    Portman didn't like SW? That is news to me, but again I'm not going to blame her. There are actors who've been in films they didn't care for and played their parts fine, and Portman's a good actress. Also, Lucas cast her. If she couldn't fake it, he was the one who screwed up. Anyway, it wasn't just those two. Everyone was off in places except maybe Neeson. Notably poor were Portman and Christensen, and the kid from the first film. Blaming the actors is one thing, but films as big as the PT meant Lucas could've simply gotten better actors, so that's not really an excuse

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    xraydogxraydog Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Hayden Christensen is actually a really good actor. Just watch Shattered Glass. Which makes his performance in the Star Wars prequels all the more depressing.


    Edit: If you think about it the PT actually makes some sort of sense in a very high level way. Most of the major story concepts are pretty good. It's just the execution of the whole thing wasn't so good. I bet you can make the prequels much better, without changing the basic stories too much, if you could fix the execution.

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    BernardBernoulliBernardBernoulli Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    xraydog wrote: »
    Hayden Christensen is actually a really good actor. Just watch Shattered Glass. Which makes his performance in the Star Wars prequels all the more depressing.

    But easier to blame on Lucas

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