Star Wars Blasting TV Screen Soon

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Since so many tech fans are also, quite naturally, Star Wars fans (myself included), many of you might be interested in what 'ol George Lucas is doing now that his most famous movie franchise is complete. According to some reports, he's taking the next logical step: television.

You could call it a step down the entertainment ladder, but it only makes sense that Lucas would capitalize on Star Wars' massive popularity by bringing it to TV. However, don't expect to see your favourite characters from the flicks; Lucas assures fans that this will introduce the lives of formerly minor characters.

"The Skywalkers aren't in it...It has nothing to do with Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader or any of those people. It's completely different," said Lucas. (Source:

Not a heck of a lot is known about the series as of yet, though it is confirmed that the show will be live-action. Compared to LucasArts Animation's 3D series also in development, the 63-year-old movie mogul considers this new, most recent idea to be the more ambitious of the two.

According to reports, Rick McCallum, producer for the prequel movies, is presently auditioning writers for the job. Lucas might be getting ahead of himself in predicting that the new show will air at least 100 episodes, but considering the series' genes, it wouldn't surprise anyone if it lasts much, much longer.

Sidenote: Although Lucas admits that the CGI-based animated Star Wars series isn't quite as "ambitious" as the new live-action show, it's not your average cartoon. Anthony Daniels, the original C-3P0, has signed on to voice his famous character. More interestingly, Lucas has said that it must go on "after 9 o'clock, and it can't be a kiddie channel." (Source:

As for the live-action show, how will the hard-core fans feel about it?

Who knows. Lucas acknowledges that a move to the boob tube, largely known for its Survivor rip-offs, teary-eyed hospital dramas, and late night "hackery," could offend those die-hard fans who would rather don a plastic mask and black cloak than button-down dress shirt. To those hardcore geeks (who by and large have made Star Wars what it is) Lucas assures, "it's a good idea, and it's going to be a lot of fun to do."

I suppose George has earned our trust on that one.

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