Monday, April 5, 2010

Lucasfilm Readies Star Wars Comedy Series

Is the Force strong with this one? How about the funny? Lucasfilm has announced it is developing an animated Star Wars comedy series with the help of Robot Chicken creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich.

The New York Times reports that the untitled television series will be produced by Jennifer Hill (The Backyardigans) and directed by Todd Grimes (Back at the Barnyard). Former Simpsons writer and Daily Show producer Brendan Hay will be on the writing team.

“There’s a lot of awesome people involved,” Green told the Times. “And even the real fanboys who are like us, and very discerning about their Star Wars material, will be won over.”

While something tells me this could potentially be that kid-friendly Star Wars series we heard about last month, it sounds like this is a separate project. If that’s the case, I’m cautiously optimistic. Robot Chicken is at its best when it’s spoofing Star Wars, so Green and Senreich’s creative involvement inspires a great deal of confidence. But with this series, The Clone Wars, the pre-school cartoon and the upcoming live-action television series, I think we’re approaching a Star Wars saturation point if we’re not there already.

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