Stars Wars TV Series Would Basically Be "'Deadwood' in Space" if Anyone Ever Made It

June 5, 2012

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Did you like Deadwood? Hey, then you'd probably also like this live-action Star Wars series producer Rick McCallum is still talking about after all these years! Because one of the things he's now talking about is how it's apparently just Deadwood in space.

Speaking to Den of Geek, the longtime George Lucas producer explained that the reason he's having such a hard time getting a Star Wars series going--despite, he says, having "spent three and a half years" and having "50 hours totally scripted"--is that it's just such a dark, Deadwood-like thing meant to sell toys to adults this time. Said McCallum:

Our biggest problem is that these stories are adult. I mean...these are like Deadwood in space. It so unlike anything you've ever associated with George before in relation to Star Wars. These aren't for kids. I mean, we hope they'll watch, but it's not being targeted at 8-to-9 year old boys. The situation we have is that each episode - or if you put two hour long episodes together - is bigger than any film we've ever done.

While that unlikely description sounds admittedly promising, McCallum noted that it also will be hard to make the series because they "only have about $5-6 million we can spend on each episode"--episodes he described as being "on the Avatar level," because there sadly wasn't a better example of a vast, CGI-heavy sci-fi world invented by an aging technophile he could think of. He also said that the show is probably too expensive for cable and too large and edgy for network television, so we probably shouldn't count on seeing it anytime soon. Which is a shame, because I was getting pretty excited about hearing Ian McShane voice Jar Jar.

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