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Lucas: Why the Star Wars Live-Action TV Series "Sits on the Shelf" The Star Wars creator talks about what the hold up is and hints at some major new technology he's developing. May 25, 2011 by Eric Goldman
Last year, George Lucas said the long-discussed Star Wars Live-Action series was on hold, stating that the difficulty was in making the series for a reasonable price. This week, in a new interview with Attack of the Show, Lucas was asked about the status of the series, and replied, "It sits on the shelf. We have 50 hours [written], and we're just waiting to figure out a different way of making movies – a different technology that we can use that will make it economically feasible to shoot the show. Right now, it looks like the Star Wars features, but we have to figure out a way of making it for about a tenth the cost of the features, because its television. And we're working toward that and we're continuing to work toward that and we will get there at some point."
It's not clear what Lucas is referring to when he talks about a "different way of making movies" exactly – new, affordable special FX techniques? More realistic digital sets? But the Star Wars creator does go on to say, "It's just a very difficult process and obviously, when we do sort of figure this problem out, it will dramatically affect a lot of movies, because a lot of movies, features now, that are costing 150, 200 million dollars, we'll suddenly be able to make them for 50 or 60 million dollars."
Lucas said some similar things about the challenges of making a live-action Star Wars series when I interviewed him last September, but was confident it would happen eventually, as you can see below.
The Clone Wars - North-of-the-Border Listing Gives DVD, Blu-ray Season 3 Date, Cost, Artwork According to Amazon.ca, the standard and high-def releases are available in late October Posted by David Lambert 6/10/2011
We haven't received an announcement from Lucasfilm or Warner Home Video, and the U.S.-based arm of Amazon hasn't completed their listings for the title yet. But up north of the border, the Canadian arm at Amazon.ca is accepting pre-orders for The Clone Wars - The Complete Season 3 on both DVD and high-def Blu-ray Disc! The release date shown is October 25th, and you can prepurchase your copy from them at a discount off the list prices of CA$55.98 SRP for the DVD set, and CA$74.98 SRP for the Blu version. Early cover art, which is also seen in the "sign up to be notified" listings at the USA arm of the big e-tailer, has been posted below. Since the studio hasn't formally provided this info or artwork, it may not be final and could be subject to change. Stay tuned for updates, if necessary!