No, George Lucas does not have 50 hours of a live-action Star Wars TV show in the can

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Whatever happened to that live-action Star Wars TV show? A recent quote from George Lucas himself sparked a media frenzy. Has Lucas already secretly filmed 50 hours of the series and then shelved the project? We asked, and Lucasfilm answered.


Earlier this week, Lucas gave the media a big update about the progress of his mysterious live-action Star Wars TV show, which is rumored to be set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. In the interview, with Attack Of The Show, Lucas said:

We have 50 hours and we're just waiting to figure out a different way of making movies, a different technology we can use ... to make it feasible to shoot the show...When we do figure this problem out it will dramatically affect a lot of movies. Right now it looks like the Star Wars features.


This quote sparked a lot of rumors that Lucas had actually managed to film 50 hours of live-action Star Wars television. Which seemed unlikely, because there's no way even a Jedi Knight could pull off that feat without anybody knowing it was happening. And it's way too soon.

But we decided to check with Lucasfilm directly, to find out for sure. And a Lucasfilm PR rep confirmed that Lucas was only talking about 50 hours' worth of scripts that had been written. Nothing has been filmed yet.

But the idea that Lucas is trying to revolutionize television production is still fascinating, and potentially inspiring. Remember, he was part of the original push to get digital projectors into every theater so he and his fellow directors could produce more technologically advanced films like Avatar (something Lucas mentions in this interview as well). If Lucas is looking for a way to make effects-heavy movies and TV more cheaply, he just might pull it off. Which could wind up changing the game for science fiction television in general.

Watch the full video interview over at G4's Attack Of The Show.


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What's going to happen to SW when Lucas dies? Just look at him. The guy's a heart attack waiting to happen. Is he going to bequeath the rights to somebody?

I ask because I remember hearing years ago some rumor that his plans were to tie the rights up legally after his death, so that nobody could touch it.

I also ask because I think it's our only hope of getting anything enjoyable out of SW again.