George Lucas says he will make television shows

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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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