George Lucas says he will make television shows

In a keynote speech at an annual computer graphics convention, Star Wars boss George Lucas said his company Lucasfilm will be more focused on TV. He hinted that he won't produce any theatrical films in the near future, and that directors and writers who want to work with Lucasfilm would be steered toward television projects.

"Television is an easier medium to work in. It's more fun, there's less pressure and it's a great medium to experiment in," Lucas said. Lucas said the company is currently at work on two Star Wars-related projects: a 3D animated Clone Wars series, and a live action series. The animated series will be produced at Lucas Singapore, and Lucas said it will help him get his foot in the anime door. The live action series will be similar to The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles in scope and budget, in that it will take $20-30 million and try to stretch it over the course of a television season.

Lucas also said he didn't want Industrial Light & Magic, his special effects house that revolutionized visual effects starting in the late '70s and recently moved into a spacious new campus in San Francisco, to get any bigger than it already is. If a major studio builds a competing F/X house, Lucas said he won't try to compete by forcing ILM to grow larger as well. "You lose too much of the humanity," he said.

With that, he turned off his eyes, wrapped himself in an energy cocoon, and was carried away by robot servants.

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Wow, what truely exciting news! I do say though, I think the live action series is a bit risky, but the animated show sounds great.
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If George Lucas writes and directs anything it will be total crap. Besides I don't want more Star Wars tinkering. The originals will always be the praised ones cuase he didn't direct them or write them. He is a great story teller. The newer trilogy had a good idea but it was badly executed. Sith, had some moments, but the bad overshadows the little good in it. GL made his mark in history with the Original Trilogy. He should leave TV alone. This reminds me, they are still planning Indiana Jones 4. I don't want them to ruin indy the way SW was ruined.
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He's overrated
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I know George did not have much to do with Clone Wars but if his new shows are as good as the Clone Wars I will be in Nerd heaven.
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I AM NOT SURE IF THESE SHOWS ARE A GOOOD THING IT MIGHT RUIN THE WHOLE SERIES
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Yeah I heard that Lucas is interested in a 'Tales of' series similiar to the books set in the Star Wars Universe, where several less important star wars characters take the forefront
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Ohh steven, friends don't let friends make crappy movies!, please find help for your friend George and don't even think about letting him touch a camara again.
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George doing tv, sounds like a great idea to me.
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George Lucus making tv shows sounds good to me :)
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I don't know. What more can he do after Star Wars.
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I have greate hopes on this projects, I mean, Lucas is a very creative person his problem is that he has a bad Producer, a producer who doesn't question anything Lucas says, which didn't happen with the old movies. George Lucas' ideas are great, he had told great stories...
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Just turn Timothy Zahn's books into anime!
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I hope he will make a series on Boba Fett. Since Boba Fett is the coolest character on Star Wars.
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I will certainly watch any show that they put out, at least once. It's the same chance I give about any other show. But will it be at least two years between episodes? You can do that in the movies, but tv is not so forgiving!
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These could be interesting, maybe not. I don't know why he has to turn to Singapore though, considering that he did just build a huge new complex in the Presidio in San Francisco.
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star wars the movies are the greatest, but george come on! i hate that stupid clone wars anime thing you put out. and why ruin star wars with making a weekly tv show out of it. ever heard of too much of a good thing!!!
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I saw him speak once and he was amazing, inspiring, creative. I'm sure his shows will be too!
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I disagree on the bashing comments, yes it's true that 4,5 and 6 was better then 1, 2 and 3, however i can't say that they were bad because they were done bad, i mean if you want to do prequels and show how Anakin became Darth Vader then it's bound to be worse, however i do think they fit fairly well to 4, 5 and 6.

Anyway personally i'm pretty excited about the series, that should be pretty cool, and from what i read a while ago he would do the writing and all for the first season himself, and after that just some episodes here and there.

That should also show wether other people can actually make a better Star Wars.
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Dear George,

Thanks for the warning. I will raise the Terror of Crap Alert slightly in my TV viewing.

Best,

Non-Toy Collecting Entertainment Consumer
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I guess, in this case it's hope for the best and be prepared for the worst. He probably can't do worse than some people working for television already ... hopefully.
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the above post should say "healthy" not happy

damnit, my Ep III bashing failed!
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A new George Lucas project used to be enough to get me interested....but after the horrid crap that is the Star Wars prequels, I could not care less what he has in store for us. Unless it's a medical drama....each weak someone can be perfectly happy, but they'll die because "it appears as if she's lost the will to live"

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
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let's hope he makes some good shows
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Maybe he'll have the same vague success that Steven Spielberg had with his TV shows. We can only hope.
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George Lucus, the master of horrible movies gets a chance to make bad tv. Whatever show he works on won't be all bad though, as long as he doesn't create and write for it. Original StarWars was good, and the last 3 should have got him shot.
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Let's just hope it's not the young Jar-Jar Chronicles. Now, a bounty hunter show would be fantastic. So many posibilites, like The Fall Guy, but with blasters. I wonder if Heather Thomas is available, but I digress....
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