George Lucas must be an idiot.
The long blogged-about live action TV series based on the Star Wars movies is now in development, George Lucas has disclosed to the Los Angeles Times. “The Skywalkers aren’t in it, and it’s about minor characters,” he told the newspaper. “It has nothing to do with Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader or any of those people. It’s completely different. But it’s a good idea, and it’s going to be a lot of fun to do.” The live-action series would be produced in addition to Star Wars: The Clone Wars, a computer-animated series that Lucas is currently producing. Lucas indicated that network execs have thus far not proved receptive to either project. “They are having a hard time,” Lucas told the Times. “They’re saying, ‘This doesn’t fit into our little square boxes, ‘ and I say, ‘Well, yeah, but it’s Star Wars.And Star Wars doesn’t fit into that box.'”
“Square box”, my fanny. In this day and age of Heroes and Lost, and yes, even though I hate it, Battlestar Galactica, I’m just not buying his whine. It seems to me that if this live action series were any good, he wouldn’t have any problem drawing interest from the networks. It’s either not a very good concept, or the prospective scripts aren’t all that great, or it’s projected to be pretty expensive — or some combination of all three of these.
I’ve been hearing about this rumored live-action Star Wars based series for the past five years and it’s somehow never quite materialized. As popular as Star Wars is, it’s hard to believe that no network has been interested unless something about it stinks to high heaven. Speaking as a member of the masses for whom mass media is produced, I, for one, would not welcome any weekly show that’s as boring and dull as the latest three Star Wars movies were. They made even Stargate SG-1 look interesting by comparison.