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Star Wars Live-Action Being Made For Adults, Not Kids
Jay Cochran - June 05, 2012

Den Of Geek had a chance to talk with Rick McCallum about the status of the long rumored Star Wars live-action television series Lucas has been working on. In the interview he describes the show as being like Deadwood in space.

Our biggest problem is that these stories are adult. I mean…these are like Deadwood in space. It so unlike anything you’ve ever associated with George before in relation to Star Wars. These aren’t for kids. I mean, we hope they’ll watch, but it’s not being targeted at 8-to-9 year old boys. The situation we have is that each episode – or if you put two hour long episodes together – is bigger than any film we’ve ever done. It’s on the Avatar level and we’ll only have about $5-6 million we can spend on each episode.

He goes on to say they have about 50 hours totally scripted in what he calls second draft scripts which would take about a year to get ready for actual shooting. He also goes on to describe other challenges when it comes to working with TV.

The episodes are too expensive and…well, we’ve got two things going on. Firstly, we’ve got television as we know it about to implode. You’ve got network TV, which is really where we should be because it has the dollars to pay for this and an audience, but you’re burdened by the fact you only get 42 minutes for an hour because of commercials. And then you’ve got cable, which has the most provocative and daring programming, but has audiences of 1 or 2 million people. They also have a very limited amount of money they can spend without wanting some sort of say or control over the material, which is absolutely repugnant to us in terms of the way we work.


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