I talked to Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy over the weekend at the Star Wars: The Force Awakens press junket, the full interview will hit the site later in the week. During my chat I learned that the company is still spending a lot of time looking, discussing and developing two of the most notorious left-over projects from the George Lucas era: the live-action Star Wars TV show Star Wars: Underworld and the Star Wars 1313 video game. Could either of these thought to have been abandoned projects find new light in the Disney era? Find out after the jump.
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Rick McCallum was the face of Star Wars for almost two decades. He was the lead producer on the Special Editions, the Prequel Trilogy and, unlike George Lucas, was the guy talking about the films in public. Now, the former Lucasfilm employee will shepherd a totally new vision in sci-fi: R’Ha.
R’Ha is based on a short film of the same directed by Kaleb Lechowski, who is attached to direct the feature. While the short centers on an interrogation between a non-human alien and an enemy machine (think Goro from Mortal Kombat vs. a sentinel from The Matrix), the feature will expand on the central idea of the R’Ha race defending their solar system from invasion. There are no humans in the film.
Matthew Graham, co-creator of the original Life on Mars and writer on the shelved Star Wars TV show, is penning the screenplay. Read more, and watch the original short, below. Read More »
Star Wars fans looking for some actual news, and even a few laughs, will find lots to like in this edition of Star Wars Bits. After the jump read (and watch) the following:
- The real George Lucas explains his role as consultant on Star Wars Episode VII.
- A fake George Lucas drops some funny hits about the film on YouTube.
- The fourth installment of the Kathleen Kennedy/George Lucas interview has been released, discussing the timeless nature of Star Wars.
- Ewan McGregor tells the behind the scenes story of the birth of Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia during Revenge of the Sith.
- StarWars.com officially announces the departure of producer Rick McCallum, and mentions his upcoming plans.
- Why was a Star Wars video game that was 99% complete cancelled? (Not Star Wars 1313, don’t worry.)
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Posted on Monday, November 26th, 2012 by Angie Han
Not even a long, tryptophan-fueled weekend can slow down the Star Wars talk. After the jump:
- Jon Favreau raises eyebrows by tweeting about Stormtroopers
- Sir Derek Jacobi wants in on the new Star Wars trilogy
- Carrie Fisher was kidding about being cast in Star Wars VII
- Longtime producer Rick McCallum has retired from Lucasfilm
- A screenwriter says timing will be tricky on Star Wars VII
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Posted on Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 by Angie Han
For a while now, producer Rick McCallum has been describing his long-gestating live-action Star Wars TV series as “Deadwood in space.” And while that may sound like an awesome idea to people like us — i.e., grown-ups — it’s apparently turning out to be a real roadblock for execs who’d rather go for something with broader appeal.
In a new interview, McCallum pinpointed his series’ decidedly non-kiddie feel as “the biggest problem” he’s facing in getting his show made. Though it seems the premium per-cost episode required isn’t helping much, either. Read his update on the status of his show after the jump.
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Earlier this month, it was revealed Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World provided fans a chance to buy a custom made toy of themselves in Carbonite, just like Han Solo. That’s now underway and, after the jump, you can see some video and learn more about that process.
There’s also a new video interview with LucasFilm producer Rick McCallum where he sets the record straight, again, about the Star Wars TV show and dashes some hopes for a Joe Johnston-directed Boba Fett movie. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 by Angie Han
Is it Halloween already? Today’s TV Bits is dark and spooky, as it deals with vampires, zombies, murderers, and other scary creatures. (Insert your own joke about some of Star Wars‘ CGI characters being their own brand of horrifying here.) After the jump:
- Rick McCallum talks about the Star Wars TV show (again)
- ABC releases a trailer for Oren Peli’s The River
- NBC picks up Dracula from Black List writer Cole Haddon
- Golden Globe winner Jessica Lange ponders a return to FX’s American Horror Story
- AMC announces the Season 2 premiere of The Killing and orders an extra dose of The Walking Dead
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As we know from multiple stories we’ve ran over the last year, the long-rumored, much-anticipated, live-action Star Wars TV Series is not happening anytime soon. George Lucas himself has sai until technology significantly lowers production costs, there’s just no fiscally responsible way for the show to be produced. That doesn’t stop fans from asking about it though.
IGN recently spoke to LucasFilm producer Rick McCallum about their upcoming Red Tails and took the opportunity to get some info on the show. While most of what McCallum says has been said in one way or another before, he does make some interesting points, asides and referes to the show by a new working title: Star Wars: Underworld. Does that mean chicks with guns battle vampires and werewolves? Not quite. Watch the video interivew and more after the jump. Read More »
Cool Posts From Around the Web:
When Lucasfilm announced that Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace would be released in 3D on February 10, 2012, the /Film readers spoke their minds. Here are some gems from the almost 100 comment thread:
- oh good so i can go and not see it again..
- You know George, when everyone called the movie flat and completely lacking in any depth, this wasn’t what they meant.
- Hey, this proves that the world will end in 2012!
- This franchise is deader than shit, for the love of god, stop raping its corpse.
- Nothing about this is appealing to me……..and Natalie Portman doesn’t get hot till the next one.
- Public distaste for Lucasfilm is at an all time high. This is going to be an epic fail at the box office. Why would anyone subject himself to the one of the worlds dullest movies AGAIN?
Well fans, Lucasfilm might have heard you.
According to a recent interview, Star Wars producer Rick McCallum suggested if The Phantom Menace 3D doesn’t live up to box office expectations, they might not release anymore Star Wars films in 3D. We explore the pluses, and minus, of that after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Monday, June 13th, 2011 by Angie Han
It’s been six years since George Lucas first announced that he was developing a live-action Star Wars television series, and it seems we’re going to be waiting a little longer yet. In an interview, producer Rick McCallum revealed that he and Lucas would be putting the show on hold for another three to four years — but that when shooting does begin, it will be shot largely in the Czech Republic, possibly in Prague. Hit the jump for more details.
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