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Star Wars Underworld?

By Robert T. Trate     May 22, 2012
Source: IGN

Star Wars producer Rick McCallum finally has given the fans an update on the Star Wars live action TV show. There are are 50 hours planned and 50 scripts to go with it. It will take place between Episodes 3 and 4. Each episode will cost between 4 to 5 million dollars to produce. 

Check out the interview below courtesy of IGN. 


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WarCry 5/22/2012 2:08:10 PM

 They need to make it 4 season, 12-13 episodes, and let it run on F/X (ala Justified). Doesn't limit your audience to pay-audiences, but gives you the flexibility to be a little more hard PG13-ish in the material that broadcast television (again, see Justified). On top of that, the Star Wars/Fox relationship is already there.

swisshammer 5/22/2012 2:23:20 PM

I'm not sure if F/X can afford a $4-$5 million per episode budget. If they can, then that would be great, but I'm thinking this is headed for the big daddy, Fox. And Fox airs plenty of shows that could be considered PG-13-ish (e.g. Family Guy).

I'm absolutely in a rage to see something like this come out. I'm not sure if it will ever see the light of day due to the expensive nature of the production, although ER is notorious for once having a $13 million per show budget. Yikes!

Maybe this and the animated series can erase the horrible taste that is the prequels.

jmw2814 5/22/2012 2:26:18 PM

God please not on FOX. it will get cancelled before it ever airs.


F/X or AMC would be a great home for it.

violator14 5/22/2012 2:26:23 PM

GEEZZ MAAAANnnnn......... " Give it a few years......"

And i didnt get the very last part of the interview when he asked about 13-13 and the producer just got up and left???  Anyone??

swisshammer 5/22/2012 2:30:31 PM

On a side note, McCallum seems like a pretty cool dude. I'd love to slip him some truth serum and pick his brain.

WarCry 5/22/2012 2:31:57 PM

 Lucas will put up the money to make it the same way he did the movies: He'll get a bigger piece of the profit - in this case, advertising sales - than the studio that's handling distribution. I don't know the business side that well, but the network airing a show tends to get more of the profit because they pay the production studio to create the show (i.e. taking more risk). Lucas is smart enough to know he has an audience, so there's less risk. He funds it, (what's $250 million for 50 hours? He reportedly spent around $350 million to make the 6 hours of the prequels. How much of a return-on-investment has he gotten from that? (over $2 Billion just in worldwide box office, is the answer, and that doesn't count DVD, games, books, toys, etc). Even if the TV series didn't pull in the best ratings, they'd have DVD sales, more toys, books, etc to recoup the cost.


I don't know, when you figure they're going to be 1/2 of a feature film in each one, $5 million a pop seems to be bargain-priced.

swisshammer 5/22/2012 2:33:01 PM

Violator: I think McCallum was just joking like, "This interview is OVER!" Star Wars purchased a domain name with 1313 in it and Lucasfilm hasn't said anything about what it is for yet. I think McCallum's "exit" is poking fun at how the interview may have "found" something he doesn't want to talk about.

That make sense?

SarcasticCaveman 5/22/2012 2:44:36 PM it just me, or was the only real news in that interview the stuff not related to Star Wars?  Hour long show, can't figure out how to make them on a TV budget, doesn't remember miniatures and masks...yep, old news.  And every episode will have MORE CGI than any of their movies?...I'm sorry, I cringe at that.

phantomx69 5/22/2012 2:47:19 PM

it will be on CBS!

Wiseguy 5/22/2012 2:55:28 PM

That makes sense swisshammer, top secret stuff. So there's something coming down the pike with that 13-13 thing

f/x is a bad idea exactly for what swisshammer said and it limits your audience. If you're going to limit your audience you may as well choose HBO where subscribers have to pay a premium and the pockets are deeper

I can not wait to see this come about. It just sounds so awesme then again what about SW isn't. Possibly the richest universe ever created outside of comic books

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