Category: Star Wars Live Action TV Show Crew

Sci-Fi Oz on Star Wars TV Show

“Rumours about the pre-production of Star Wars, the live action series, to be shot in Australia, have been confirmed by several inside sources.
The quality and style of writing that will be used will be of the highest quality, and local, and writers will be sourced from outside traditional Science Fiction shows. Several big names within the Australian industry (including writers from the Award-winning Love My Way and the Award-winning Secret Life of Us) have been approached by Star Wars uber-producer, Rick McCallum.
Love My Way and Secret Life of Us can be characterised by the focus on relationships and emotional landscapes (traditional ‘chick shows’, if you will). Bringing this element into the world of Star Wars sees a marked departure of the final three films and animated Clone Wars, where the primary audience was children.
This throws the new series into a whole new spotlight, and should excite fans of the Star Wars universe looking towards more adult fare.
More solidification of rumour into fact will come as soon as possible.”
I hope that Comic-Con will finally start to reveal a little information about this new series.

Holostar will star Dash and Leebo from Shadows of the Empire!!!


Holostar will star Dash and Leebo from Shadows of the Empire!!!

June 2011 – Paperback: Untitled(Holostar) by Michael Reaves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, featuring a promising holostar – a rags to riches story set against the backdrop of the early days of the Rebellion.”

See Blog from writer Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff:…thryn-bohnhoff/[/url]

Now if this is to come out in 2011 then could Dash be in the Live Action TV show. This book could be a reintroduction to the Star Wars family just in time for the build up for the show? Just an idea…

Star Wars Live Action TV Show in Czech Republic?

What the heck! Fimling will not be in Australia but in the Czech Republic?!? What?
– First – The Screen Australia website has removed Star Wars from its upcoming production report.
– Second – this quote from Lucasfilm Ltd. and McCallum:
“The Lucasfilm Ltd. production of Red Tails is in full swing, and producers George Lucas and Rick McCallum are already considering a second project to shoot in the Czech Republic…
…Lucas and McCallum previously filmed several episodes of The Adventures Of Young Indiana Jones in the Czech Republic and were eager to return for Red Tails. “We have been consistently impressed with the country’s talented film professionals, the high quality of the local craftsmanship and the beauty of the Czech Republic’s widely varied locations,” McCallum said.
Lucasfilm would like to bring a third production to the Czech Republic in January 2010 — a new property in the iconic Stars Wars franchise, made for TV. The $150m production would last four to seven years.”

– Third – This from
“Lucas denied previous reports that he had decided to film the Star Wars TV series in Australia. He said if he brought the production to the Czech Republic, it would last four to seven years, creating up to 700 jobs.
“[Czech] politicians should remember that it’s not just film productions they’re losing: We also pay for hotels, locations, cars and other services. As much as 70 percent of the budget stays in the country where we shoot,” Lucas said.”
Now what I hope is that there are some politicians in the Czech Republic that are being jerks and Lucas is playing hard ball with them. Not that I care where they make it. It’s that I have some Star Wars friends in Australia and none in Czech Republic.
Found at TFN
Return To Tatooine? has a very interesting article about Tunisia and a possible return to Tatooine in the Live-Action TV Series? Here is a piece of the article with some interesting information.
The surprise for us, though, was that we found it (Mos Espa) bustling with activity. A number of labourers were renovating, repainting and building new buildings. Ironically, the effort to build these alien structures was done in a very human way; one man applied plaster with his bare hands, others sat and smoked in the shade of an alien hall.
One worker who spoke English, Farouk Ben Ibrahim, came forward to explain. Renovations began back in December, he said, after an Italian film producer contracted locals. “He gives us money, and we fix it,” Ibrahim said. “He said there is another part of Star Wars filming here. In the summer, maybe.”
If true, no one would be more excited than fans of the series, and that includes Amr bin Amr, a local who has stood guard over the set since 1997. “George Lucas wore a fox mask so he could play a part in the film,” Amr said. “This is my responsibility,” he said, waving his cane at the movie set façades. “I hope they come back, so we can make money.”
Found at Galactic Voyage

Scouting for a location to film a lavish new “Star Wars” live-action television series, filmmaker George Lucas says the Czech Republic probably won’t get his business.

A few years ago, it might have, thanks to a well-established reputation as a low-cost, high-quality Central European film production haven. But now neighboring countries, particularly Hungary, are offering superior tax incentives along with workers of comparable quality.

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“As a producer, I will always go to the country that has the best crew coupled with the most tax incentives,” Mr. Lucas said in an interview conducted via email.

It’s a blow to the Czech Republic, as it scrambles to climb out of an economic downturn, that a domestic film industry that gave birth to “Amadeus” and “A Knight’s Tale” among other movies is being sidelined as Mr. Lucas and other film industry moguls who had worked there in the past opt for locations in other European countries.

The Czech Republic began losing film-industry business in 2004, when scrappy Hungary seized the moment to jump-start a film industry virtually from scratch by creating tax breaks to attract moviemakers; some other European countries, including France, which had previously focused on domestic movie-making, followed suit.

Czechs have been known for movie-making since film’s early days, and the country’s film schools have churned out a steady stream of highly skilled professionals, including Milos Forman, who won Academy Awards for best director of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Amadeus.”

By 2008, money spent by foreign film producers in the Czech Republic had fallen a stunning 85% to $40 million from $270 million in the peak year of 2003, according to financial consultancy EEIP. Back then, U.S. and U.K. producers channeled about 5% of their annual spending on English-language films and TV shows to the Czech film industry; this fell to barely 1% last year, according to the Czech Audiovisual Producer’s Association.

If 2008 was bad, this year looks dire.

“No major Hollywood or any other big international production has come here yet this year,” said Jasmina Torbati, a producer at Centralscope, a film company, based at the well-known Prague Barrandov film studios.

The rapid evolution of Hungary’s film industry is a lesson in shrewd tax and industrial planning: In 2004, when the local incentive plan was launched, foreign filmmakers spent $21 million in Hungary, compared with nothing a year earlier. By 2005, Hungary had caught up with the Czech Republic: Foreign producers spent $85 million in each country, according to an EEIP study commissioned by the Czech Ministry of Culture. It was in 2007 that Home Box Office Inc., a unit of Time Warner Inc., chose to film the Tom Hanks-produced TV miniseries, “John Adams” in Hungary.

Last year, filmmakers spent about $250 million in Hungary, including about $150 million by foreign companies, according to the country’s Motion Picture Public Foundation. The government returned about $20 million in the form of rebates to foreign and domestic filmmakers alike.

Hungary recently upped the ante: Under new rules, the government now reimburses filmmakers for 25% of spending outside the country on a given movie. For example, spending on postproduction work carried out in London or Los Angeles on a film originally shot in Hungary can be offset. Hungary’s local incentive program originally centered only on cash rebates of 20% of all local expenditure by filmmakers.

“The legislation aims to enable the Hungarian film industry to succeed amid the rise in economic and cultural competition,” said Judit Bor Varadi, an official at Hungary’s Ministry of Culture and Education. “It’s an appropriate answer to the challenges Hungary faces because of its geography and language constraints, and small audiovisual market.”

The incentive program has helped to lure such productions to the country as Miramax’s “The Debt,” with Helen Mirren, Universal’s “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” and Atlas Entertainment’s “Season of the Witch,” with Nicolas Cage.

“The dynamics have changed: productions used to look at Prague first and then at Hungary; now they look at Hungary first and then at Prague,” said Howard Ellis, owner and managing director of Budapest-based Mid Atlantic Films, which served as a local production partner for HBO on “John Adams.”

Over the years, spending by foreign filmmakers — measured on a per-production basis — at Mid Atlantic “ranged between as little as $8 million and as high as $30 million,” Mr. Ellis said. “And I can say that all our clients, ever since 2005, have received the full 20% of the value spent.”

Czech Star Wars TV Show

“Lucas denied previous reports that he had decided to film the Star Wars TV series in Australia. He said if he brought the production to the Czech Republic, it would last four to seven years, creating up to 700 jobs.
“[Czech] politicians should remember that it’s not just film productions they’re losing: We also pay for hotels, locations, cars and other services. As much as 70 percent of the budget stays in the country where we shoot,” Lucas said.”
Now what I hope is that there are some politicians in the Czech Republic that are being jerks and Lucas is playing hard ball with them. Not that I care where they make it. It’s that I have some Star Wars friends in Australia and none in Czech Republic.
Found at TFN

Live Action Series: Casting Begins?

Filed under: Star Wars TV — Trilogist at 5:58 pm on Monday, March 9, 2009

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At last, whispers in the dark about the live action TV series! According to the MTV Movies Blog, Rose Byrne (Dorme on Attack of the Clones) reveals casting is currently in progress for the anticipated Lucas project. “A lot of my friends have been auditioning for it,” she states. This was during a promotional event for the film “Knowing” starring Nicolas Cage.

This is very interesting news indeed. It’s hard to speculate on casting candidates without knowing what characters are being cast, but more news bits are sure to be forthcoming.

Star Wars Live Action series

George Lucas to shoot Star Wars TV series at Sydney’s Fox Studios
SYDNEY remains filmmaker George Lucas’ favoured location to shoot his much-hyped Star Wars spin-off TV series.
The sci-fi TV series will likely be filmed at Sydney’s FOX Studios.
“We’re looking to shoot it in Australia,” Lucas told a press conference at his Big Rock ranch, the site for his new animation studio, north of San Francisco.
If given the green light, the live action Star Wars offshoot will be one of the most expensive TV productions made in Australia and create hundreds of acting and crew jobs for the local industry.
There was speculation the as yet untitled series would begin shooting next year, but it may be pushed back to 2010.
Lucas has employed two Australian scriptwriters to pen the series and continues to work on “getting all of the technology worked out” to make the show.
The 63-year-old director, writer and producer, who revolutionised cinema with 1977’s Star Wars, is no stranger to Sydney.
He made 2002’s Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones and 2005’s Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith at Fox Studios.
“It is going ahead,” Lucas confirmed.
“We’re in the process of writing screenplays right now.
“It’s going to take a while because it’s really hard to do.”
The series will not follow the regular Star Wars storylines, instead focusing on the “lower levels of life” of Lucas’ Star Wars world.
“It has nothing to do with the Skywalker saga,” Lucas said.
“None of the Skywalkers or anything.
“This is what I call a little footnote to the Skywalker saga.
“… It is about the lower levels of life, the lower depths.
“They hear about the fact it is no longer a republic and now it’s an empire, but they are from a world where none of that really means too much to them.”
Lucas’ Australian fans will not have to wait for the TV series for a new Star Wars adventure.
The filmmaker is set to release his first animated feature film, Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

OK most of the this is the same but it is nice to see some news on this.
I think a lot is riding on the Clone Wars TV show for this.

Star Wars: Live Action Music News
STAR Wars is coming to WA. Music for a massive TV series of the popular space opera will be recorded in Perth by a local orchestra.
The movers and shakers behind the initiative are tight-lipped, but Perthnow has learned the deal will be announced in November.
World-renowned scoring mixer Malcolm Luker is the project’s driving force.
Mr Luker has worked on many big-budget Hollywood productions, including Shrek the Third, Team America: World Police, and Black Hawk Down.
“As far as any Star Wars announcement is concerned, that would come from Lucasfilm,” he said.
“We’re not at liberty to discuss that right now.”
Perthnow has discovered planning for the Star Wars work is well-advanced: Mr Luker’s company Rook Park has received substantial State Government support.
A spokesman for caretaker Industry and Enterprise Minister Fran Logan said the Government has been developing an opportunity to establish a film scoring and mixing studio in WA.
“The Government has made available an industry assistance program worth up to $300,000,” the spokesman said.
Mr Luker’s musicians are the WA Philharmonic Orchestra, a collection of around half a dozen local musicians and 50 more from interstate.
They will record the music for the Star Wars TV series either in the State Government-funded new studio or at the ABC in East Perth.
Mr Luker said his State Government money is being used to buy microphone stands, headphones and lighting for the studio, which will be in Mt Lawley.
The TV series, which could have 400 half-hour episodes, will be made at Fox Studios in Sydney.
Mr Luker said the Philharmonic usually used the same principal players.
“We just did Body of Lies with Russell Crowe and Leonardo Di Caprio. That’s due out in October,” he said.
“And we did Helen 123 with John Travolta and Denzel Washington earlier this year.”
Mr Luker first asked the WA Symphony Orchestra to record the Star Wars music when he was trying to get the project off the ground.
“We were approached, but we didn’t have the time to do it,” said WASO chief executive officer Keith Venning.
“We are committed to our own program of opera, ballet and main stage performances.”


Five storylines we’d like to see in the Star Wars TV show

by Aaron Asadi

The Force only knows when we’ll eventually see Lucas’ highly-anticipated TV spin-off of Star Wars, so in the meantime we’ve compiled a list of the five storylines we’d like to see it tackle…


Seeing Jimmy Smits in full subversive mode would be a treat and certainly add a much deeper feel to the storyline when he has to balance Senatorial with seditious duties.


Birth Of The Rebellion

As the TV show will reportedly be set between Revenge Of The Sith and A New Hope, the birth of the Rebellion movement absolutely has to be shown on screen.


Soldiers Of Fortune

As a very early teaser poster of the live-action series showed Boba Fett’s helmet, we can assume that bounty hunters could well be central players. And we would love it.


Expanding the universe

Although unlikely given Lucas’ apparent lack of concern for the extended universe, it would be nice to see characters such as Talon Karrde appear.


Return of the Jedi

We cannot see any possible way that a Star Wars series would be completely free of Jedi, or indeed Sith. Exactly how they would fit in, though, is another question entirely.

STAR WARS Animated and Live-Action News – Collider Exclusive

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I’ll admit that I’ve fallen out of love with Star Wars.  If you knew me years ago, back when “Star Wars” was in my blood, you’d never think this could happen. But it did. And I’m not alone.

Just like many of you out there in cyberspace, there was a time when I lived and breathed “Star Wars.” I bought the figures, I went to conventions. Fact is, a lot of my money went into filling George Lucas’ bank accounts. Then, I don’t know if it was due to the shitty prequels or growing up, my priorities shifted and buying the latest action figure or spending time re-watching the old movies with friends didn’t have the same meaning. I knew one day it might happen, but it still felt very strange nonetheless. The best way I could describe it to you would be to say it felt like a girlfriend that you still loved with your heart and soul, but you no longer wanted to have sex with her, and you’d be cool if she slept around. Okay, maybe that’s a bit excessive, but hopefully you get my meaning.

So why am I babbling on about how I used to love Star Wars? It’s because as much as I think I can steer clear of Star Wars and all things Lucas, the fact is I still care. Just like a lot of you. While we might not care as much as we used to, when news happen in the Star Wars universe, you’d be surprised how many hits the articles get.

Which leads me to the news I’m about to write. After months of talking to different people, I’ve finally got something on the upcoming Star Wars animated and live-action shows.

As most of you have heard, George Lucas has been very involved in the creation of both shows. I’ve heard that he goes over all the scripts and gives many notes on both characters and plot points. While others might be directing the action, George is like the Emperor – overseeing everything. And even though that sounds very scary as the prequels didn’t please most fans, based on everything I’m hearing from inside the camp, both shows seem like they could be great.

Also, I’ve seen a bit of footage from the animated show (they premiered it at Celebration 4) and thought it looked fantastic. And as much as I liked the Genndy Tartakovsky Clone Wars animated show, what he did was based on an expanded universe version of Star Wars. Jedi’s could do things only superheroes could do, not things like what we saw in the movies. And that’s where the new shows do things differently.

In both the animated and live-action shows, the Jedi’s and the characters will act like what you’d see in the movies. And the reason for that? Both shows are going to be considered official cannon of the Star Wars universe. What happens on both shows would be like anything you’ve seen in any of the movies. That’s why Lucas is so involved, and that’s why it’s taken so much time to develop and get it right. This is also the reason why Warner Bros. can release a Clone Wars movie this summer, as the animated series is real Star Wars, so why not show it in theaters.

I’m also told there is a difference between the animated show and the live-action one. What I’m hearing is they are really trying to make Star Wars cool again. To do this, both shows are going to appeal to two different audiences. The animated show is definitely geared for kids, with the hope that adults will tune in. But, the live-action show is the one that us grownups are going to care about. While I’m still building my live-action story on what I’ve heard (and trust me, I’ve heard some things) as I type this article, Lucasfilm is hard at work developing the scripts and the stories for what will take place. So if I were to say exactly what I’ve heard and they changed it, I’d look like I didn’t know what I was talking about. Therefore I’ll wait a bit longer. Once I know for sure they’ll be filming certain things, I’ll post an update.

But for those that want the bullet points of what I’ve heard…

  • The live action and animated shows will be considered official canon of the star wars universe.
  • The live-action show is going to end up on whatever network pays the most. However, I’ve heard they’re talking about the show being on HBO or even Showtime. Which jives with the slugline for the show…think Deadwood meets The Sopranos. Want a bit more? Could the live action show feature Gangsters? Could it follow the underworld of the Star Wars universe? Perhaps even a crime family? Have I said too much? Again, think Deadwood meets The Sopranos.
  • The seasons for the live action show might be as short as 12 episodes… again…think Sopranos.
  • The show is definitely PG-13. I’ve heard it’ll be dark. It’s definitely not being made for kids.
  • The Skywalker story is finished. From what I’ve been told, their story is done and they aren’t on the live-action show at all. The show is new characters…with a few people you might know from the movies mixed in here and there.
  • And for those that don’t know….the animated show takes place between episodes two and three, while the live-action is between three and four. Obviously some storylines might take place outside of those times, but that’s where the primary action takes place. Just like while the live action might follow a crime family, there will be episodes that focus on other things.

Anyway, while many of you might try and pretend you don’t care about Star Wars, if Lucas creates a fun, action filled animated show… I definitely think the fans will tune in. And if they somehow manage to create a live-action show that kicks ass, they might actually repair the damage of the prequels and make Star Wars cool again. And as much as I don’t love Star Wars like I used to, I’d really like to see that happen.

And one last thing….the info in this story is based on what I’ve heard up to this point. Things change, storylines get altered. And I’m sure once this gets posted I’ll get some more emails or info. Needless to say, if anything changes or I hear something more I’ll post updates.