Saturday, January 27, 2007

Star Wars: The Series?

Once in a while, I scour the internet for news on some of the work-in-progress film and movie projects that won't see the light of day for a few years. Most recently, I've had my eye on news for the Star Wars television series, even though it's few and far between since the series won't air until 2009.

According to GeekMonthly.com, the untitled Star Wars television series will be "more adult" and will be "something most people have never seen on television before." And this is coming from an official statement by George Lucas himself in an interview at the Rose Parade, where he celebrated the 30th anniversary of the saga as the grand marshal.

The series is said to take place between episodes 3 and 4 of the saga, featuring minor characters taking lead roles. Rumors are also flying about that an older Daniel Logan, who portrayed Boba Fett in Attack of the Clones, will return as the cult-favorite bounty hunter.

This is exciting news and just may be the shot in the arm that the saga needs after the prequel trilogy left a bad taste in a lot of people's mouths. As for me, I know I'll be tuning in. I did see The Phantom Menace a whopping 9 times in the cinema despite a total inability to watch the film again to this day.

While the franchise continues to rake in the cash on multiple fronts, is television the proper venue? Most attempts at bringing the franchise to the small screen have met disastrous results. The Ewok movies and cartoons, the Droids series and the holiday special were total crash and burn affairs in the long run. The one bright spot in Star Wars' television history? 2003's Clone Wars series of animated shorts. Some consider these to be better than most of the prequel films, which is probably why a 3D continuation of the series is slated for next year.

In other Lucasian news, Indy 4 is actually moving forward with Harrison Ford and a possible Sean Connery returning. It is slated for a May 2008 release, but don't be surprised if this one gets pushed back.

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