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General Star Wars Discussion Thread
« on: August 01, 2007, 02:49:12 AM »
Seeing as this forum is starting to get more traffic lately, I figure it's time for a general discussion thread. It works the same way as the other ones, anything you don't feel is worthy of starting an entirely new topic you can post in here.
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There's been a major change to the live action Star Wars TV series:

http://starwarsblog.wordpress.com/2007/07/14/rick-mccallum-talks-live-action-tv-series-and-star-wars-3-d/#more-162

Rick McCallum Talks Live Action TV Series and Star Wars 3-D

Today, Warwick Davis welcomed prequel producer Rick McCallum to the Celebrity Stage at Celebration Europe for an update on projects he’s been involved with lately, such as the Star Wars live-action TV series, the Young Indiana Jones DVD series, and the yet-to-be-started Star Wars saga in 3-D.

Check out the audio presentation above (edited for brevity) or read the list of highlights below.

The Live Action Series:

    * McCallum and Lucas were recently in London meeting writers for the Star Wars live action TV series.
    * “We want to be able to take all this technology we’ve developed over the years and make it accessible to everybody and try to make each one of the episodes [of the live-action TV series] look like a major feature film with all the production values and visual effects that you would expect in a feature but do it for a television budget.”
    * “We’ve met a whole bunch of writers from literally all over the world – we have Australia left, that’s the last place we’re going to meet some people – we’re hoping to get a group of six or seven writers ready sometime between September and December to make the final choice and then we’ll start doing story outlines. As I said before, it’s a much darker, much more character-based series, much more adult, and we’re hoping that it will go on for up to 400 episodes.”
    * “I think if we can get [the live action Star Wars TV series] right, it’s something that can go on for years and years. One of the ideas is that we’ll have multiple series going on in about two or three year’s time.

    * “We’re definitely going back to Sydney to shoot [the live action TV series] and probably June of next year we’ll start casting for it…I’ve had three conceptual artists working on it now for about seven months.”

Young Indy on DVD:

    * “October 13th, the first [Young Indiana Jones DVD] comes out. We’ve spent about three and a half years making 100 documentaries to go with each episode of the Chronicles. So the first set comes out in mid-October, and then [a second batch] in January and [a third] just right after Indy IV.”

Star Wars in 3-D:

    * “We’re planning to take all six films and turn them into 3-D. The problem is there’s not enough digital theaters in the world now to do that, and the process of turning 2-D material into 3-D is very expensive. So we’re waiting for the companies out there that are developing this technology to bring it down to a cost level that makes it worthwhile for everybody, then we’ll convert the films into 3-D.”
    * “I think 2009 is going to be a big year for 3-D. That’s when Jim Cameron is coming out with his first feature, Avatar, that will be completely shot in 3-D. I think that will start the movement, and once we get about ten thousand screens around the world, it will be possible for us…to push this so we can finally have digital dominance in all the theaters around the world.”

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Wow. So they're going to go ahead and do a whole TNG/DS9/VOY/ENT-like run of multiple live-action series. This is awesome news. Lucas was originally just saying it was going to be a single hundred episode series taking place over four seasons, but now they can do four separate series with 25 episodes per season for four seasons if they keep that same format.

Plus the quality writers they're seeking to bring in, the innovative new filming techniques, and the fact that Lucas can afford to film movie-budget TV shows on his own terms without threat of cancellation (since he'll be financing it all on his own dime) really has me excited to see what they are planning on doing.

If it's multiple series maybe Lucas can do the Episode 7-9 post-RotJ film storylines he had always had outlined as part of one of the series instead.

Great news about the Young Indy Chronicles on DVD as well. I have them on tape but they're getting kind of old so it's time to replace them.

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« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2007, 11:40:19 AM »
Hmm, interesting news- I like the darker trend info and multiple series could be really cool.

I hope they do some interesting stuff- like perhaps doing some 'morally ambiguous' eps that dont do the whole 'Rebellion-good, Empire-bad' thing- like the clones who refuse order 66 in the Vader novel- stuff like that would make for good tv. Plus Vader's Jedi purge definately needs some serious screen time.  ;D

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« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2007, 11:59:07 PM »
In case anyone's going to be in the Chicagoland area over the next few months, there's a Star Wars Exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry.  It might be lame, but the museum is generally pretty good and is probably my favorite one downtown.  Plus they had a kickass videogame exhibit awhile back so I'm hoping this'll be as good.
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« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2007, 02:17:45 AM »
Looks like fun. It would be worth it for a chance to take a picture in the Falcon's cockpit.

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« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2007, 09:46:00 AM »
Looks like fun. It would be worth it for a chance to take a picture in the Falcon's cockpit.

You can take a photo while sitting in my cockpit and I'm closer. But you still gotta pay.

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« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2007, 09:56:11 AM »
You can take a photo while sitting in my cockpit.

I have a camera, not a microscope.

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« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2007, 10:04:33 AM »
You can take a photo while sitting in my cockpit.

I have a camera, not a microscope.

True, my penis is so large that the only way to see my crotch is with a microscope.

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« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2007, 09:28:09 AM »
^^ Someone i know once told me this: A real man doesn't need to talk about his privates. He already knows his is bigger than anyone esle's.

Sorry, i couldn't resist.  ;)
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« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2007, 09:34:56 AM »
^^ Someone i know once told me this: A real man doesn't need to talk about his privates. He already knows his is bigger than anyone esle's.

Sorry, i couldn't resist.  ;)

Yeah, but the priest who molested you isn't the greatest source on that, now is he?

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« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2007, 09:43:10 AM »
Actually it wasn't a priest. I was another kid same age i was at the time. 13 IIRC.
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« Reply #10 on: September 07, 2007, 10:23:10 AM »
Actually it wasn't a priest. I was another kid same age i was at the time. 13 IIRC.

Why the hell are you taking advice from teenagers?

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« Reply #11 on: September 07, 2007, 10:35:44 AM »
In case anyone's going to be in the Chicagoland area over the next few months, there's a Star Wars Exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry.  It might be lame, but the museum is generally pretty good and is probably my favorite one downtown.  Plus they had a kickass videogame exhibit awhile back so I'm hoping this'll be as good.

DEFINATELY going!

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« Reply #12 on: September 07, 2007, 11:12:45 AM »
Actually it wasn't a priest. I was another kid same age i was at the time. 13 IIRC.

Why the hell are you taking advice from teenagers?

Let me rephrase: Actually it wasn't a priest. It was another kid same age i was at the time. 13 IIRC.

In case the question stands. He advance on me and i was too young and too stupid to notice otherwise.  Fortunately, My mom and my family found out and took action.
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« Reply #13 on: September 21, 2007, 02:17:17 AM »
Lucas released a little more detail about the upcoming TV shows.
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Lucas Talks Star Wars On TV

George Lucas talked about the state of the various Star Wars television projects in development in the second part of an interview with TV Guide.

"There's Clone Wars, and we're in the middle of that," he said. "It's basically like Star Wars [in that it] takes place between, obviously, Episode II and Episode III, but it's the same kind of action. Unfortunately, it doesn't fall into the realm of what animation [typically] is, which is either adult, kind of off-color humor or kiddie stuff. This is, like Star Wars, sort of in between those two things. It's a lot of battle stuff, and it's obviously the Clone Wars, so it's a war picture. ... It's very much like the features. We're still trying to figure out how to put it on the air."

Lucas said that there are a hundred episodes planned for the series, half of which should be completed before the first one airs. Lucas and his company are aiming to premiere the series in the fall of 2008 but are still considering where it would fit best on the broadcast schedule. "So far, everybody's got the same conundrums," he said. "'How do we program it? Where does it live? Where can we put something like this?' You know, it has to go after 9 o'clock and it can't be on a kiddie channel."

Lucas is also working on a live-action series for television and said that he expects to be writing it about a month from now. The series will be set in the Star Wars universe between Episode III and Episode IV and will feature minor characters from the films.

"It's like Episode IV in that the Emperor and Darth Vader are heard about—people talk about them—but you never see them because it doesn't take place where they actually are. There are stormtroopers and all that, but there are no Jedis. It's different, but I think it's very exciting because I get to explore a part of that universe that I haven't been able to explore."


http://www.scifi.com/scifiwire/index.php?category=0&id=44233
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Not having Palpatine and Vader in the live action series doesn't surprise me, but it's a little disappointing to hear that there won't be any Jedi in it. Even if it's a birth of the Rebellion or bounty hunter based series there would still be room to include some of the Jedi avoiding the Purge. Since the series will involve dozens of top-notch writers though hopefully someone will put forward a good Jedi story that makes Lucas change his mind.

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« Reply #14 on: September 21, 2007, 09:28:20 AM »
So it sounds like it's just going to be Firefly, except with Aliens.
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« Reply #15 on: October 03, 2007, 06:23:51 AM »
These people have built a 21-foot flying rocket-powered replica of the X-Wing.

http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/star-wars/rocket+powered-21+foot-long-x+wing-model-actually-flies-305976.php

I predict that this ship will run into the ground in less then 12 parsecs.

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« Reply #16 on: October 03, 2007, 08:48:03 AM »
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« Reply #17 on: October 03, 2007, 09:21:15 AM »
Heh. Great choice of music. Yeah, it'll be like that rocket drone that bellyflopped.

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« Reply #18 on: October 04, 2007, 07:18:13 AM »
Just out of curiousity, if these guys were capable of getting it to fly, would they need some sort of special permission or clearance based on it's size?

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« Reply #19 on: October 04, 2007, 10:02:28 AM »
IIRC you need permission for even a model rocket, so I highly doubt they're going to fly it without permission  :P
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« Reply #20 on: October 07, 2007, 07:30:56 AM »
First Look: The Essential Atlas

October 05, 2007

Fly from one side of the galaxy to the other and see everything in between with the next installment of the revamped Essential Guides to Star Wars from Del Rey Books. This is so much more than a revisit to the first edition Essential Guide to Planets and Moons. Authors and Star Wars astrogators Jason Fry and Daniel Wallace have meticulously researched the Star Wars universe of movies, books, comics and more to create an unparalleled resource for Star Wars travelers.

Inside Star Wars: The Essential Atlas, learn about the structure of the galaxy, the astronomical and geopolitical divisions and distinction that frame this far-away setting. Sections devoted to specific regions in the galaxy include the Deep Core, the Colonies, Hutt Space, the Outer Rim and more. An alphabetical collection of planetary profiles details over 70 worlds, while the historical atlases chart the expansion of galactic exploration, conquest and conflict from the earliest campaigns of Xim the Despot, to the rise of Palpatine's Galactic Empire, to the brutal invasion of the Yuuzhan Vong to the latest conflict between Corellia and Coruscant. An expansive Appendix lists the galaxy's star systems with notes about sector and regional placement for easy reference.

Star Wars: The Essential Atlas is due out in June 2008 from Del Rey Books.


http://www.starwars.com/eu/lit/ref/news20071005.html
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Sweeeeeeeet. Definitely buying that.

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« Reply #21 on: October 07, 2007, 01:10:48 PM »
Yup. That is soooo bought. Been using the resources that have been available, and fixing them in many places, to come up with a design.doc for a sequel to the Star Wars: Rebellion game that I'm calling Star Wars: Empire. I was so dissatisfied with Rebellion's galactic layout and random resource allocation. A proper atlas is almost too much to hope for. When I heard about this from the Del Rey folks at Celebration IV, I almost wept for joy.

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« Reply #22 on: October 07, 2007, 05:45:27 PM »
Sounds pretty cool. Has there ever been an attempt to try something like this with Trek? It would be interesting to compile every bit of minutia from the series, movies, certain games, and any books considered cannon and really lay it out in the same sort of format; even having references to the Mirror Universe.

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« Reply #23 on: October 07, 2007, 05:54:54 PM »
I think the closest is the encyclopedia.
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« Reply #24 on: October 07, 2007, 08:11:49 PM »
Well, this is separate fromt eh Ultimate Visual Guide and the Complete Visual Dictionary. The closest analogue would be a much more in-depth Star Trek: Star Charts book.

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