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George Lucas Moves Forward on Live Action Star Wars TV Series

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.

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