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George Lucas Talks Clone Wars
Exclusive: Plus the live-action show

17 March 2008  |  Written by Olly Richards  

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George Lucas was in Las Vegas this week, not for the loose women and fibreglass recreations of famous landmarks, but to bang the drum for Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the upcoming animated film and TV series.

He showed a five-minute clip of a battle sequence from the film, which exhibited the retro-futuristic look that the new project will be going for and then we had a quick chat with him about what's in store for the film.

Lucas described the film, which takes place between episodes two and three of the series, as "a stylised cartoon, it's not photo real...it's in a Gerry Anderson style, Thunderbirds. The characters have painted surfaces - they look like they've been painted." He also told us that it will feature all the major characters from the films. "It's got everyone," he said. "Yoda, The Emperor... everybody that's in the features is in the animated series. It's just as if we took the feature and just continued it in an animation style."

However, the original cast from the movies won't be lending their vocal talents here. "No, [we won't be using the main cast members]," he explained. "Animation has its own demands, especially as we're also doing a TV series – and this started out as a TV series."

We also asked him about the current state of play on the long-planned live-action show, set to expand the Star Wars universe further. He was evasive on details, but he would say: "The live action show doesn't have any of the characters from the movies. It takes place at the same time, between episodes three and four, but it doesn't have anything to do with the Skywalkers. You kind of hear about the Emperor, and it takes place in that world, but it's like you have the TV show 24 and the TV show The Wire; they're in the same place but they're two completely different things." When we tried to push him on characters, he'd only say: "Well, we're still writing it, so I can't give anything away."

But, we like the fact that he's mentioning 24 and The Wire in the same breath. Clearly, he didn't mean to suggest that this show will be similar in tone to those shows – it was just an example – but we'd definitely watch a show about a lightsaber wielding dude on the edge dishing out cranky justice to terrorists and drug dealers.
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Your Comments

RE: AREN'T WE DONE WITH THIS?
L: boredbluekoala STAR WARS is over, we can't go back to the 70's and 80's and be wowed like we used to, the prequels proved that.Mr Lucas try another concept......please. sp; I have to say,...even as a Star Wars super-fan, i agree with you. George Lucas should get of his fat arse and think about creating something new.....I mean what next,... Indiana Jones 4!?.....]wait.... More

Posted by lukeyboy at 15:25 on 19 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Leave him alone
a new film on te big screen (completing my previous rant). More

Posted by Nas1015 at 11:35 on 19 March 2008 | Report This Post

Leave him alone
You are are all arogant! You need to realise that George is just trying to give us some more material to worship! Its a seperate entity to the original films, and if you want them to remain untouched, just dont watch this! It will be amazing to have More

Posted by Nas1015 at 11:33 on 19 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Leave it alone mate.
I do think it looks good. The animation looks excellent, especially for a TV series, I just don't think it was really all that necessary after the cartoon network version. More

Posted by giddig at 18:29 on 18 March 2008 | Report This Post

AREN'T WE DONE WITH THIS?
STAR WARS is over, we can't go back to the 70's and 80's and be wowed like we used to, the prequels proved that.Mr Lucas try another concept......please. More

Posted by boredbluekoala at 08:43 on 18 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Leave it alone mate.
L: tommylacks The funny thing is all the prequals, live action tv shows and cartoons will never top the opening shot of a new hope! No matter how hard he tries. es you're right, that funny. I don't see why he has to top the opening shot of A New Hope. I personally can't wait for this, I loved the first two volumes of the Clone Wars and I really love the Star Wars Universe and releasing new stories from this universe is no bad thing in my books. It takes nothing, absolutely nothing, away fr More

Posted by Mojo at 10:27 on 17 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Leave it alone mate.
Here's a trailer from the Stat Wars website to be honest it looks better than the prequels www.starwars.com/video/view/000478.html More

Posted by redflame24 at 10:17 on 17 March 2008 | Report This Post

Leave it alone mate.
The more Lucas revisits that galaxy far far away, the more he ass-rapes the original three films! The funny thing is all the prequals, live action tv shows and cartoons will never top the opening shot of a new hope! No matter how hard he tries. More

Posted by tommylacks at 17:24 on 16 March 2008 | Report This Post

I click the Deathly Hallows Heyman link and it brings me to Lucas. What gives? Morph More

Posted by morpheusman at 11:41 on 16 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: What about the cartoon network?
oh my god, totally agree with you dude...i just found out about this star wars animated feature length flick and i was like what....mate, are you kiddin me!? The clone wars shorts mastered by the dudes at cartoon 'samurai jack' network was the best star wars thing i'd seen in years mate..lol! Personally i thought the 2D animated clone wars was better than episodes 1 to 3 put together....really can't see the point of them lot bringing out a pixar looking rip off of a clo More

Posted by djaxon12 at 01:58 on 16 March 2008 | Report This Post

What about the cartoon network?
I would really like an interviewer to ask him why he felt the need when the (very good) 2D cartoon network version did the clone wars and if this will be ignoring (or even contradicting) and of it? More

Posted by giddig at 17:13 on 15 March 2008 | Report This Post

Star Whores
I think the live action series has the promise of something special. I'm not surprised Lucas mentioned 24 and the wire in the same sentance, I've heard that they are planning to make it in a similar style as the revisted Battlestar Galactica. The dark side (sorry) of the starwars universe has a massive amount of potential......and I'm pretty sure the amount of adult starwars fans can make this a huge comercial success. Just think Sith serial killers, Stormtrooper curb crawlers....could be intere More

Posted by Dave25 at 19:58 on 14 March 2008 | Report This Post

BORE WARS THE PHANTOM MINGERS
Why do people rate george lucas still? if anything he has proved he is a bearded wally, hell STAR WARS episode 1 THE PHANTOM MENACE is possibly the worst big budget schlock fest ever. CLONE WARS and REVENGE OF THE SITH were so so. the original star wars movies were good dumb fun. lucas is flogging a dead horse. More

Posted by Horrorguru at 19:31 on 14 March 2008 | Report This Post

I'm really looking forward to the Live-Action Star Wars-series. In this tv-generation (The Lost-24-Prison Break-age) we can get close to the quality of the films. Especially if ILM will be doing it. Not only that, but the style and tone in this tv-gen is much better than it ever was. But the animated series? Nah... More

Posted by Bluehawk at 16:08 on 14 March 2008 | Report This Post

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Posted by Biggus at 15:40 on 14 March 2008 | Report This Post

Omar Little would make a great Jedi More

Posted by mattoakley at 13:38 on 14 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Star Wars Live Action
20-page Clone Wars special in the next issue of Empire by any chance? More

Posted by broonie at 13:28 on 14 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Star Wars Live Action
Watching a show about death stick dealers on the back streets of Mos Eisley would be an interesting way to take the franchise... More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 13:19 on 14 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Star Wars Live Action
L: BigDunc1982 Why the hell does he not just do a TV series about the Jedi, or Boba Fett... Give the people what they want damn it!!!! Although a Lightsaber wielding Jack Bauer would be AMAZING!!! robably because the Jedi's have been done to death and anymore would be overkill? More

Posted by James2183 at 12:54 on 14 March 2008 | Report This Post

Star Wars Live Action
Why the hell does he not just do a TV series about the Jedi, or Boba Fett... Give the people what they want damn it!!!! Although a Lightsaber wielding Jack Bauer would be AMAZING!!! More

Posted by BigDunc1982 at 12:12 on 14 March 2008 | Report This Post

A Star Wars Jack Bauer?
It's good that the live action show will be influenced by shows like 24 and The Wire as maybe he can add so menace (phantom or otherwise) to the Empire. They always seemed to me like panto villains who camp it up (especially the emperor) tremendously and no maybe they will have some teeth. Although I have a feeling the show will struggle as they wont feature Darth or Luke and co so they will feature them by the enhd of the 1st series/start of the 2nd. More

Posted by Taz69 at 12:08 on 14 March 2008 | Report This Post

that beard of his doesnt do anything for his neck More

Posted by kumar at 11:22 on 14 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: "it's like you have the TV show 24 and the TV show The Wire; they're in the same place but they're two completely different things."
George, get a grip. The Wire is reality-based, no-easy-answers genius. 24 is so realistic it may as well be set on the sun. More

Posted by lisamoorish at 11:21 on 14 March 2008 | Report This Post

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