The Star Wars Universe Gets Pillaged Again

When it comes to sacred ground in pop culture, there isn't much left that hasn't been paved over by Hollywood to erect a hideous strip mall of re-imaginings, adaptations, and abominations.

The Star Wars universe certainly hasn't been immune to exploitation (just take a look at the Star Wars Christmas Special—video below), and there are no signs of it stopping anytime soon. Lucasfilm has teamed up with the brains behind Robot Chicken, the claymation pop-culture hurricane on Adult Swim, for a new animated Star Wars series... with a twist.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new series will feature characters in the galaxy far, far away during their downtime; say, when they're not trying to destroy the Death Star or slaughter Ewoks.

"The Star Wars universe is so dense and rich; it's crazy to think that there aren't normal, mundane everyday problems in a world so well-defined," said Seth Green, who found success with Star Wars spoofs on Robot Chicken. "What do these characters do when they're not overthrowing empires?"

I'm not nearly as nutty for Star Wars as some people I know, but I wouldn't be surprised if someone in a Boba Fett outfit wants to put George Lucas' head on the chopping block. Sure, this can be funny, but how far is too far? Do we really need to see Han Solo yell at Chewbacca for not doing the dishes? Does that kind of insider look ruin the magic of a universe so many people grew up on? Or are we beating a dead Tauntaun because Star Wars has already been raped beyond recognition?




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@joeybrandojones: It's not the live-action series, this is a third, separate series. As for Ferus Olin, I TOTALLY agree. I haven't read Last of the Jedi (I plan to finish Jedi Apprentice and Jedi Quest first), but I've heard it's great.
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I agree with the last line of this article. Star Wars has already been raped by George Lucas who has sold Star Wars' soul for a rock of crack. Lucas took the best samurai story ever told and turned into the best example of bad direction, which was proved thirty years ago with "A New Hope". Now I love 4, 5 and 6 (even though 4 seems 40 minutes too long) but the fact that George Lucas thinks he's a good director and writer led Star Wars to it's fiery doom as a kids film. And as for the Clone Wars, boooooo.
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I hope this is not the live series they were talking about DOING FOR YEARSSSSS. I want one that include most of the members of the Last of the Jedi, FERUS OLIN. They said it will occur between episode 3 and 4, and that part does. Its really dramatic and it would do great
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I really should watch these movies one day...
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Interesting.
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No way George Lucas can top what Family Guy and Robot Chicken and all the other spoofs have done. GL should put his efforts into a really good Star Wars weekly miniseries.
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oh god i wish i hadn't clicked the play button on that video
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This is what happens when you allow geeks to take over all of Hollywood. They'd rather suck dry at their childhood favorites than come up with anything original of their own.
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Why should they milk this series for every last buck? The original trilogy was great and the new one kind of messed it up. That one of the reasons why I believe the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy is superior then the "Star Wars trilogy."
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The Clone Wars is an awful series, so why not make another awful one? If you are a true fan, this shouldnt bother you, because, you can simply not watch it. It wont affect your memory of the wonderful thing that is Star Wars, if you are not privy to it. I am a MEGA fan of the franchise, so I know when to look the other way. This will be one of those times.
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we'll see what happens... they should get seth mcfarlane to do this as well! seriously robot chicken's and family guy's spoofs of the star wars saga were hilarious! LMAO
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I love the robot chicken star wars humor. This might not be awful.
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I won't be supporting it because I watch the Clone Wars and that is good for me. I guess they do what everybody wants.
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If it's animated comedy, expect to see it on Fox in the not too distant future..probably promoed to death on Sunday football games..maybe even cross promoted on American Idol...:D
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Really? Really...
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Sounds unnecessary
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They won't come up with anything funnier than the Robot Chicken and Family Guy Star Wars stuff so why bother?
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I kind of assumed it wouldn't be the main characters but other people from the Star Wars universe. I was thinking a sitcom featuring some of the aliens. Maybe two different aliens that are roommates at their college, lol. But I wouldn't assume they're using lead characters in mundane settings.
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You forgot about the recent Clone Wars series, the upcoming live action Star Wars series that has been in development for maybe five? years now (any day), not to mention Lucas has been gunning for a 5th Indiana Jones movie and a possible Willow series. At this point, the franchises have been so exploited, it really shouldn't shock anyone anymore.
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At this point, after the prequels, all we can do is just sit and laugh.
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Episodes 1-3 already ruined it, so why not?
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I can only see it failing. The idea may seem funny at first but that sort of show gets dull fast. It's like trying to tell a story with no plot. And what ever happened to the supposed live-action TV series? I hope this isn't it.
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You're right about that last part. It would seen weird at this point if they stopped exploiting the name. They're always going to make money from it, so why stop? And every once in a while something good using the Star Wars name is going to be made, like the Robot Chicken Specials.
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