You know that Star Wars: Underworld TV series we all hope we see someday? Well, it seems that it's not going to be a family-friendly series, and according to producer Rick McCallum, that's a problem. Apparently it's a bigger problem for them to deal with the maturity of the series, than to deal with the cost issue. McCallum explains...
Our biggest problem is that these stories are adult. I mean…these are like Deadwood in space. It so unlike anything you’ve ever associated with George before in relation to Star Wars. These aren’t for kids. I mean, we hope they’ll watch, but it’s not being targeted at 8-to-9 year old boys. The situation we have is that each episode – or if you put two hour long episodes together – is bigger than any film we’ve ever done. It’s on the Avatar level and we’ll only have about $5-6 million we can spend on each episode.
I don't see that as a problem at all! The kids already have their series with Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It's about time Lucas catered to the audience that actually grew up watching his movies. His core audience aren't kids anymore... I hope he realizes that! We've been waiting for something like this to happen for years! And if it's true that we're going to get a series described as Deadwood in space, I say bring it on and don't hold back! Bring us a Star Wars series suitable for HBO!
He goes on to once again say that they have 50 scripts completed and that it would "probably take a year of prep before shooting would start, but that’s because they’re all very complex." One day this series is going to get made. It may be a hell of a long time, but it's sounding like it will be worth the wait!