Star Wars producer: The truth about those 50 hours of live-action TV

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Dec 14, 2012

We have some news about the upcoming Star Wars TV show from Rick McCallum, producer of the second trilogy. Of course, the news is just like the Force: it has a light side and a dark side.

McCallum said that he has 50 hours of third-draft script (not 50 hours of film, as previously reported) and that Lucasfilm has chosen the Czech Republic as one of the show's locations. Lucasfilm already has a relationship with the Czech Film Commission; both Young Indiana Jones and the George Lucas' upcoming movie Red Tails were filmed in the Czech Republic.

Sounds great. But now the bad news.

McCallum told The Czech Position that Lucasfilm wouldn't be ready to start production for three to four years. And even then, he's not sure if the television show could be made:

"Network television and cable television as we know it are completely imploding, so we're not really sure that in five years' time we can release a dramatic one-hour episode because it is all reality TV now," he added.

There's other news, but whether it's bad or good depends on a certain point of view. McCallum gave us a look into what the series is really about:

"Basically, it is like The Godfather; it's the Empire slowly building up its power base around the galaxy, what happens in Coruscant, which is the major capital, and it's [about] a group of underground bosses who live there and control drugs, prostitution," McCallum said.

Drugs and prostitution? What about the fallout over the death of almost every Jedi? What about how the galaxy copes without their midichlorian-infused peacekeepers? And what about the fascinating look at politics and diplomacy that we've been getting with The Clone Wars?

Is it just us, or do you have a bad feeling about this?

(via BleedingCool)