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Exclusive: Star Wars And Indy IV
Rick McCallum on Lucasfilm's line-up

14 March 2006  |  Written by   

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The big news is that George Lucas has approved an Indiana Jones IV script and returned it to Spielberg for more polishing, and that the Star Wars TV show is a go as Rick McCallum attended last night’s Sony Ericsson Empire Awards.
He was there because Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith was picking up Best Sci-Fi Film and Scene of the Year at last night’s Sony Ericsson Empire Awards, but he gave a few more tidbits on Lucasfilm’s next few projects.
First up, the Stars Wars TV series that we’ve been hearing about since Sith came out. “That’s not going to happen probably for another year and a half while we develop scripts and everything else. But it’s fantastic; we’ve got some incredible writers. It’s going to be much darker, much more character-based, and I think it’s going to be everything the fans always wanted the prequels to be. They’ll be one-hour episode. It takes place between Episodes III and IV. It’s going to be all-new characters, maybe a few bounty hunters in there to start the series off.”
But where does this leave Lucas’s long-cherished World War II fighter pilots film Red Tails? Or, for that matter, a certain Dr Jones?
“We’re working on Red Tails right now. George is writing the script as we speak. He’s just finished the Indiana Jones script, and Steven’s having that rewritten and a few things done. And then we start hopefully in October or November looking for another writer for Red Tails when George puts together his ideas of what he wants it to be. Then hopefully next year we’ll start on that.”

Red Tails and Indiana Jones IV and a Star Wars TV show all lined up and headed our way? Has Christmas come early? Let’s just hope that Spielberg gets sufficiently fired up over this latest script to give up on that year long holiday idea and make Indy IV already!
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I, like every single person that sat entranced when Raiders whip-cracked on to our screens, is waiting with the proverbial bated breath for Indy IV When has George,Steven or Harrison let us down? More

Posted by Luke M at 22:44 on 03 October 2006 | Report This Post

Well...I agree for that. Anyway....LET THE FORCE HAVE IT!!!! More

Posted by mastermog99 at 10:53 on 21 March 2006 | Report This Post

Star Bores
They runied the original, why ruin it any more??? No George, go to a galaxy far, far away...just stay there. More

Posted by HappyKat at 21:34 on 18 March 2006 | Report This Post

Lucas' vision? what, before a malignant tumour grew from his arse upwards? he should have directed a series of fucking Politics Now or something instead. yeah i'll buy a ticket. sigh More

Posted by ithomson82 at 17:07 on 15 March 2006 | Report This Post

really cant decide which im lookin forward to more, red tails or the iwo jiwa double bill. More

Posted by billythehick at 22:18 on 14 March 2006 | Report This Post

Oh come on, your still all gonna watch 'em!
I would be inclined to agree with all the comments below if not for the fact that I'm really curious as to what Indy IV and a SW series set between Ep. III & IV would turn out like. I mean, why not? Haven't LucasFilm learned their lessons with the first two prequels and Young Indy as to how to do these things. Like their gonna let fans negative comments put 'em off anyway! More

Posted by El Aurens at 18:03 on 14 March 2006 | Report This Post

Give up the ghost
Seriously, by re-hashing Star Wars and Indiana Jones, Lucas is doing nothing other than flogging a dead horse. There's no need for a fourth Indiana Jones film. More

Posted by Spengler at 17:52 on 14 March 2006 | Report This Post

Great news...Cant wait for the TV series or Indy 4, and only in a year and a half... More

Posted by Shleee at 16:44 on 14 March 2006 | Report This Post

The Genius of Lucas
The people complaining about Indy IV (befrore seeing it, no less!)aren't fooling anyone-they will most likely be the first ones to buy their tickets for the midnight showing. As for the Prequels, alot of "fans" wanted the Prequels to be a re-tread of the Original Trilogy. Thankfully, Lucas stayed true to his vision. I am sure I am not alone when I say that I can't wait to see Indy IV, the Star Wars TV show and Redtails. Lucas' enormous success is bound to produce detractors. But for ev More

Posted by harrysparks at 14:39 on 14 March 2006 | Report This Post

Bring on the star wars
i think fans have been looking forward to the darkness of the star wars galaxy for some time, hasn't everyone waited to see why vaders so feared. i don't think its just cos hes got a red lightsabre! I think the Star Wars fans have been looking forward to something which looks at the rest of the galaxy over just a few central characters anyway. In other news, Who doesn't love Indiana? i look forward to iv, it should be good, bring it on. I also think lucas desreves the chance for all of this, goo More

Posted by ben300185 at 14:38 on 14 March 2006 | Report This Post

no no no
Star Wars like Indy needs to be put to bed before both are deemed laughable and lost all their former glory. TV is NOT the place for Star Wars live action and never will be. Stop it George, you bad monkey! More

Posted by Flaygor at 14:09 on 14 March 2006 | Report This Post

"Use the Force" of the box office
A TV Show....... not sure on that one why not make EP 7-9 when Luke follows in his Dads footsteps? INDY IV will Harrison Ford be back or will they trade in for a younger model (as it happens with James Bond). This Red Tail sounds interesting though. More

Posted by SaintJon at 13:17 on 14 March 2006 | Report This Post

I hope that RED TAILS can finally prove that Mr. Lucas has potential to DIRECT a good movie once in a while. More

Posted by badrabbit at 12:34 on 14 March 2006 | Report This Post

Indy 4 is a frightening prospect. More Star Wars with Lucas writing scripts an absolute nightmare. More

Posted by Kid A at 12:31 on 14 March 2006 | Report This Post

Never mind that....
i'm afraid very afraid.certain words were muttered "i think it's going to be everything the fans wanted the prequels to be"... so is George Lucas finally acknowledging that the Star wars Prequels (bar Revenge)were utter garbage?Sounds like it to me. so what's he gonna do?.do a TV series,deliever a more darker tone and hope that we can forgive him for Phantom and attack...? It maybe too late for that... As for indy 4.Was looking foraward to it years ago now i can't be bothered. More

Posted by psalm666 at 12:28 on 14 March 2006 | Report This Post

"Don't want the brand devalued" ??!!!
No Sith britesparc.. We certainly wouldn't want Revenge of the Shit's greatness associated with any melodramatic, battle droid funny, wooden, Jedi frowning, photographically pedestrian, Mace Windude, laboured, monotone, CGI wallpaper, Tarzan yelling, Vader/Yoda emabarrassing sithness - would we? That would take us down the blind acceptance path of blandness along with Star Trek / James Bond etc.. More

Posted by Gigolo Joe at 12:14 on 14 March 2006 | Report This Post

Clone Wars
Make the Clone Wars episodes longer. Was there not talk of making them into half hours animated programmes? Man, I'd love that. More

Posted by jcthefirst at 11:55 on 14 March 2006 | Report This Post

I didn't think you could get blood from a stone? These guys are trying hard enough anyway! More

Posted by ithomson82 at 11:54 on 14 March 2006 | Report This Post

ah, Mc Callum-eases the pain
i always thought Rick was just Lucas's apologist (in the lead up to Sith he was just shooting his mouth off and completely out of his depth answering questions about Lucas's ideas that Lucas SHOULD have answered himself) and every time i hear Star Wars tv show i think "DROIDS!". lets hope i'm wrong. and for the love of God wouls someone please put Indy 4 to rest? it really is like flogging a dead horse here. lets just leave a flawed but classic trilogy, eh? does'nt Lucas have enough mo More

Posted by Rock Lobster! at 11:30 on 14 March 2006 | Report This Post

the dark side
I can't help but share concerns that the TV series will be a second rate Star Wars, with poorly developed characters and cheap special effects. Hope I will be proven wrong. More

Posted by davidjthomson at 10:59 on 14 March 2006 | Report This Post

Best. News. Ever
The Star Wars show, which I have been worried about because I don't want the brand devalued, sounds more and more exciting each time I hear about it. AND Red Tails, AND Indy IV!!! Swoon... More

Posted by britesparc at 10:51 on 14 March 2006 | Report This Post

But why didnt they just make the prequels 'everything the fans wanted the prequals to be'???????? Sorry hope that doenst start a 'But EP I was really quite good' debate. More

Posted by Jodan_King at 10:19 on 14 March 2006 | Report This Post

This is the news we've been waiting for, probably with the well earned Empire Awards, now is the time to reveal all! I can't wait for the TV show to be developed, and of course Indy IV, and this Red Tails seems interesting too! More

Posted by CloneWarGeneral at 10:18 on 14 March 2006 | Report This Post

All I have to say is...
drool....let's have it now!!! More

Posted by oneslayerlover at 08:57 on 14 March 2006 | Report This Post

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