Star Wars live action TV show shelved because it costs too much

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

If you've been holding your breath for that live-action Star Wars TV show we told you about, it's time you stopped—because the guy who should know better than anyone has said the series he's been working on for at least five years won't be happening anytime soon.

The series was meant to be (depending on whom you listened to) either 100 episodes set between Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV—A New Hope or a massive arc of somewhere around 400 episodes focused on non-Jedi or Sith characters.

But during a special reception held as part of digital screenings of Star Wars—Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back at Chicago's Field Museum a couple of months back, George Lucas spoke to 102 people who paid $200 apiece for the privilege and let them know it was unlikely they'd see ANY of those episodes soon.

Here's what he had to say (and we can't believe we missed this until now):

The live action TV show is kind of on hold because we have scripts, but we don't know how to do 'em. Because, they literally are Star Wars, only we're going to have to try to do them ... a tenth the cost. And, it's a huge challenge ... lot bigger than what we thought it was gonna be.

So are you upset because a live-action Star Wars TV series is proving impossible? Or relieved?

(via techland)