Seems George Lucas is headed to LA to interview freelance writers for the Star Wars Live Action TV Series, which suggests that at least George Lucas won’t pull a JMS and try to write the whole bloody mess himself. If the series is that far along, apparently production won’t be too far away. After a long period of doing very little, George Lucas is milking his properties for all they are worth, first with the Star Wars prequels, an animated series and now a live action TV series, doing everything he can to tap the well dry before doing the same thing to Indiana Jones.
“The live-action [series] is not the movie. It’s the Star Wars universe, but it’s characters from the saga who were [previously] minor, and it follows their stories. It’s set between [movie episodes] III and IV, when the Empire has taken over. It’s like Episode IV in that the Emperor and Darth Vader are heard about – people talk about them – but you never see them because it doesn’t take place where they actually are. There are storm troopers and all that, but there are no Jedis. It’s different, but I think it’s very exciting because I get to explore a part of that universe that I haven’t been able to explore.”
Well that might work but are we talking anthology series or a set of recurring characters? For my money, pay Timothy Zahn whatever it takes to get him to create a series premise. The revived Star Wars novels would never have gotten anywhere without Timothy Zahn’s ability to recreate characters and the post-rebellion Star Wars universe.