Lucasfilm Producer McCallum: 'Star Wars' TV Series Like 'Deadwood' In Space, "Not For Kids"

A lot of intriguing information regarding the highly-anticipated "Star Wars" TV show in this Den Of Geek interview with Lucasfilm's Rick McCallum, top of which: it's still going to happen, and 50 hours of it is already scripted. What's holding the television program up now has to do with the limits of TV production budgets, and the show's rather adult theme, which the producer referred to as being "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 budgets for each episode will be quite large, which fits the scope of the production. McCallum described two episodes, taken together, as being  "bigger than any film we’ve ever done." Compared to "Avatar" in terms of quality and production values, the trick will be to fit such epic scope into a $5-6 million budget.

Given that McCallum refers to TV as we know it as ready to "implode," and that the goals for the "Star Wars"  TV series are so vast, it might benefit Lucasfilm to find an alternate method of producing/distributing the show...perhaps something that could be streamed online as part of its own entity, rather than airing on a network. In this respect, maybe the only way we will get to finally see this show is for the company to apply their own ingenuity and forward-thinking into a compatible viewing format that may now only exist in the realm of science fiction...

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