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 »

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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While George Lucas pushes one cinematic technology, 3D, another is holding back a highly anticipated project. The iconic filmmaker recently appeared on G4’s Attack of the Show to talk about the opening of Star Tours: The Adventures Continue and discussed not only the upcoming 3D Star Wars theatrical releases, but the reason for the delay with the long-rumored live action television series.

Some sites are reporting that Lucas has “50 hours already filmed” and that’s just silly. They have about 50 hours of the show conceptualized and partially written but, as we reported almost a year ago, it won’t actually be made until they can figure out a way to do it at a fraction of the cost. The goal is to go to work when movies that now cost $200 million can be made for $50 million.

Lucas also did his best to explain why his 3D post-conversion process on the Star Wars films is better than all of the 3D post-conversions out in theaters right now. Will you believe what he has to say? Listen to the man himself and read more explanations after the jump. Read More »

Star Wars Live-Action TV Show on Hold Again


With announcements of two new Star Wars animated series, a live-action Star Wars TV show, and a potential 3D re-release of the films, it remains obvious that George Lucas is going to continue milking his (partially) beloved franchise for all its worth. But for now, there’s a significant complication that may derail momentum on the live-action television series, at least until Lucas and co. figure out how to return to their thrifty roots. Learn more after the break. Read More »

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For the last two years, George Lucas has been developing a live-action Star Wars television series. I think it was originally stated that they would not begin production until they had the first 50 scripts in hand, and I’ve heard about a bunch of screenwriters around Hollywood have been working on the series. 2009 was originally announced as the show’s targeted premiere (see the sign above), but Lucasfilm has since been quoted as saying 2010, and later 2011. With a lack of news leaking, I was beginning to believe that it might never actually happen. But MTV reports that casting is already underway. Rose Byrne, who played Dorme in Attack of the Clones, let it slip at the Knowing junket that a lot of her friends have been auditioning for the series.

Set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, the show has been described by Lucas as “Deadwood meets The Sopranos in space”. Told from the perspective of minor characters from the Star Wars galaxy (rumored to be a family in the underworld), the darker, grittier, more character-based story might also feature appearances and cameos from several major Star Wars characters, but not the heavy like Darth Vader.And now that the show has entered the casting stage, I’m sure we’ll start to learn more about the story and the characters.