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Tycho
01-06-2006, 03:25 AM
Coming out of 2005 where ROTS was the highest grossing film and SW was totally everywhere in the spotlight, why wait over a year for the cartoon and nearly 2 years (until 2008) for the live action series?

So far, this doesn't look like it was thought out very well.

C5Jedi
01-06-2006, 09:25 AM
Agreed - you would of thought closer to Sith would be better but there probably are some other marketing reasons as to why. I'm sure production/post production is not a short process for these new productions.

Could come out in 2007 for the 30th anniversary.

Or if they stick with 2008 there will probably be a tie in with the original films being rereleased in 3D.

Either way it looks like it was a good way to keep SW programming/product out there over some years.

Exhaust Port
01-06-2006, 09:49 AM
Or if they stick with 2008 there will probably be a tie in with the original films being rereleased in 3D.

Is this still happening? Last I read the technology wasn't there yet.

C5Jedi
01-06-2006, 11:41 AM
It's still happening. Lucas had 3D demos (including the first six minutes of A New Hope in 3D) at ShoWest in March of last year.

JimJamBonds
01-06-2006, 12:00 PM
While I agree that I would prefer that the tv show would be seeing the light of day this year I'm guessing that Lucas wanted to take a break. He spent about 10 yrs on the PT so a bit of a break I think is ok. Although according to what MasterMatt heard at that special screening things will start this month so the show is on the same pace as the movies if not even quicker.

Slicker
01-06-2006, 12:17 PM
I don't know. I think it's pretty smart. ROTS was this years highest grossing film and I'm assuming that Lucas believes that will make it last for a year or so and keep people interested until the cartoon and TV show come out. If he unloads the movie then the cartoon then the TV show successively then he's gonna shoot his wad and be left with nothing to do.

Exhaust Port
01-06-2006, 01:05 PM
It's still happening. Lucas had 3D demos (including the first six minutes of A New Hope in 3D) at ShoWest in March of last year.

Very cool. Do you know of any online reviews of this technology or more particularly the Star Wars demo?

JediTricks
01-06-2006, 01:35 PM
They *are* waiting too long, I dunno why they're aiming the Clone Wars CGI cartoon for '07, that's a massive mistake, the show can be produced VERY quickly compared to traditional animation and could have carried SW through '06. I think they're just not confident enough about setting close release dates and pushing to make the deadline, but that doesn't matter when Lucas keeps making little - sometimes pointless - tweaks right up until the last minute.

As for the live show, announcing it'd be '07 and then pushing it back to '08 was the first mistake, the second was Lucas wanting to co-write and direct all the first season himself, that's 13, 22, or 26 episodes he's got to have ready before he will shoot a single frame, in some ways it's actually a slower process than making the movies. This is where his control-freakery can realy harm the show.

El Chuxter
01-06-2006, 01:36 PM
jjreason, you care to chime in on this? ;)

(I say that because, immediately after the SW presentation at Comic Con, he commented that waiting two years was a huge, huge mistake.)

C5Jedi
01-06-2006, 01:58 PM
Very cool. Do you know of any online reviews of this technology or more particularly the Star Wars demo?

You might find some info at

http://www.worldenteractive.com/lucas.htm

According to this his plan is to release the entire saga in 3D in 2007 for the anniversary.

DarkArtist
01-07-2006, 12:42 PM
Yeah two years does seem like a long time to wait. Hopefully it will be worth the wait. I really don't like the idea of CG, and would take classic anaimation anyday over the CG stuff.

The wait period could also be due to Hasbro having the license till 2018, perhaps they want to stretch out the product for as long as it will sell. After all in '95 when the line started up we were getting word of Star Wars being re-released in the movies with new scenes. If ROTS is truely the last movie of the saga, that means only special editions and the #d version will be the only Star Wars to hit the theaters. No new movies means product dries up.

TV related merchandise is the next step. Looking back on the vintage Kenner line, the Droids and Ewok cartoons were a last ditch effort to keep the interest. If the live action and cartoon doesn't catch the attention then the product will die as well.

trandoshan666
01-08-2006, 07:47 PM
Waiting so long is a huge mistake. I have absolutely no basis for it, but I have this feeling that the CG will be poorly received, and the live action tv show is going to die on the vine.

Kidhuman
01-08-2006, 09:25 PM
I dont think it is a mistake. We wait three years for each movie in order, so he is keeping in time with that schedule for the TV show.

trandoshan666
01-09-2006, 04:00 PM
I dont think it is a mistake. We wait three years for each movie in order, so he is keeping in time with that schedule for the TV show.

That's true, but I don't think the show has even a fraction of the momentum enjoyed by the movie releases, and delaying its onset diminishes some of the already limited fan interest that it would have.

Tycho
01-09-2006, 04:28 PM
Well, I'm going to start a line in front of my television set and camp out there for 30 days before the premier! :D

Devo
01-09-2006, 05:34 PM
As for the live show, announcing it'd be '07 and then pushing it back to '08 was the first mistake, the second was Lucas wanting to co-write and direct all the first season himself This is where his control-freakery can realy harm the show.

......and suddenly 2008 seems far too soon.

JediTricks
01-09-2006, 09:37 PM
I look at it like it'll be another Young Indiana Jones Chronicles - in other words: boring. :p

Jargo
02-10-2006, 07:28 AM
*squelch*
Lucas will laugh all the way to the bank as usual...

MrMojoRisin
02-11-2006, 10:17 AM
Well, I'm going to start a line in front of my television set and camp out there for 30 days before the premier! :D

Just don't let anyone cut in line.

JediTricks
02-15-2006, 11:43 PM
http://theforce.net/latestnews/story/Star_Wars_Live_Action_Television_Show_Update_97164 .asp

So now Sansweet is apparently saying "towards the end of the decade" for the live action show, which could be '08 like they've been saying or it could be even '09 or 2010 - that's TOO LONG!!!

JimJamBonds
02-15-2006, 11:59 PM
Interesting interview there. I agree with you JT its a long long wait, although I suppose Indy IV has its role in stalling the series.

Slicker
02-16-2006, 12:14 AM
Ok, now they're waiting waaaaaaay to long. Yes SW is a force to be reckoned with but waiting 4 years may be just a hair too long, IMO.

Rocketboy
02-16-2006, 12:39 AM
4 years too long?
Come on, we waited 16 for a new movie.

Plus, that is for the live action series. We'll have the animated series before that.
I'd rather have one after another instead of 2 at pretty much the same time.

JediTricks
02-16-2006, 12:50 AM
But they're produced totally separately from each other, except for being part of the Star Wars universe they wouldn't affect one another at all.


Young Indy came out only 3 years after Last Crusade.

Look, it should be either soon or never, there are no more excuses about "the technology to do it isn't here yet" or anything like there was with the PT, we waited 16 years and the end result of that wait was some pretty dodgy product, so if you can't have quality at least have QUANTITY. :p The desire to see prequel-based product is going to fade with the passage of time for the mainstream audience, and if you don't have them, you don't have a show.

Slicker
02-16-2006, 01:45 AM
4 years too long?
Come on, we waited 16 for a new movie.

Plus, that is for the live action series. We'll have the animated series before that.
I'd rather have one after another instead of 2 at pretty much the same time.And look how barren things were before 1995. Collectors went 10 years with literally nothing to hold them over except hope. I just don't want that to happen right now especially since I have so much invested in this thing.

2-1B
02-16-2006, 03:05 AM
Don't worry guys, the next few years will pass quickly and you'll be able to complain about a new SW project in no time. :p

Myself, I don't care if it takes awhile. There are other things out there to keep me entertained in the meantime. When these new projects come down the pipe I will look forward to them but it's nothing I'm too excited about (Clone Wars was a lesson learned in terms of mediocre SW TV). :)

mabudonicus
02-17-2006, 06:35 AM
I don't recall how this came up, but this woman that JediElf knows (some supposedly HOT woman whom she's knownw for a few years) told her she was to appear in the program, but that the character she was playing was to die within 5 minutes of her introduction...
I have no reason NOT to believe this, I will see if I can find any more details out, but it may well be underway in some capacity, despite what reports might indicate... I swear I will get to the bottom of this report

Tycho
02-17-2006, 10:32 AM
I also auditioned for a recurring character. I am going to be an invisible Jedi spirit in the new program. Besides not being able to see me, you will not be able to hear me either. I'm working with Lucas' special effects teams now who are developing this new technology that allows this to happen.

El Chuxter
02-17-2006, 10:36 AM
I'm going to provide the voice for an animated jive-talkin' ear of corn.

2-1B
02-17-2006, 11:21 PM
Chux, will you also be lending your killer Fistonian smile to the project?

I hope so.