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Before we get to the heart of the matter, let me just say that I am fully aware that this is technically television news and therefore may seem a bit out of place in this section of the website. However, what we're talking about here is a television series under development based on one of the greatest franchises in cinema history. For years, we've been hearing rumors of a live-action 'Star Wars' TV show, but with setback after setback it seemed as doomed as poor Alderaan. But in a recent interview with Rick McCallum, George Lucas' right hand man, he revealed that the series has at least finally been given a working title: 'Star Wars: Underworld.' The show will, as previously reported, take place in the twenty year period between 'Revenge of the Sith' and 'A New Hope' and concentrate on the seedy means by which the Galactic Empire took control of the universe. As of right now, according to McCallum, there are fifty episodes written and the big holdup is finding the technology necessary to produce the show, and all its digital characters, for the proposed $5 million budget per episode. Still no idea when, if ever, this thing might begin shooting.
As much as I loathe the prequels, I would kill to see a live-action 'Star Wars' series. I harbor too much adoration for the 'Star Wars' universe to let my excitement be hampered by three ill-conceived toy commercials masquerading as films. Plus, the idea of a series focused on the scum and villainy of the universe and how it allowed for the Empire to extend its influence sounds amazing. However, McCallum says a few things during this interview that have me more than a little concerned. He remarks about how the technology doesn't exist to bring to life all of the digital characters of 'Star Wars: Underworld' for less than $5 million an episode. Hey, here's an idea, DO SOME DAMN PRACTICAL MAKEUP! Instead of relying heavily on digital for all these characters, why not replace some with real people in makeup? Or are you actually trying to create another Jar Jar Binks fiasco? As lofty as is the price tag for these episodes, the 'Star Wars' brand is still a goldmine so I wouldn't be surprised if some network finally rolls the dice on the live-action series; particularly if the 3D re-release of 'The Phantom Menace' makes serious bank.
Are you guys intrigued by the prospect of a live-action 'Star Wars' show or have the prequels burned you out?