Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Star Wars live action updates

The ever awesome film site Ain't It Cool News has scored once again with some great scoops on the upcoming Star Wars live action series, that is in the works for a 2009 release. Check out the article for more explanation, but the core points are as follows.

- The series will follow the rise of the Empire and the subsequent birth of the Rebel Alliance.
- The series will be character driven. It won't forget the action, adventure stuff but much of the tone will be darker and more nuanced than simply good guy / bad guy stuff. Lucas himself has said that it will be similar to Firefly or Battlestar Gallactica.
- Some of the film characters that are slated to be prominently featured in the series include Boba Fett, who will be in his 20s and is rumored to be a major player in the series, Oola, Jabba's green skinned dancing girl who was eaten by the Rancor, and Bib Fortuna, the weak willed Twil'ik who was Jabba's main man.
- Some of the expanded universe characters slated to appear include Thall Joben, who if you'll remember was the mohawked young guy who owned C-3PO, and R2 for a few episodes in the Droids cartoon, the rebellion General Durron, who is supposedly the father of Kyp Durron (of Rogue Squadron fame). another rebel officer with the family name of Naberre, presumably related the Padme, and General Papanoida, who is possibly the same character as the Lucas cameoed Barron Papanoida
- The series will bring back pod races, and all the drama and intrigue of the professional racing circuit. Additionally the show will feature in some capacity the infamous Death Star plans which eventually make their way to Princess Leia and R2 D2 at the beginning of ANH. Does this mean we'll finally get to see some Bothans on film? Because AICN reports that well definitely see all the Rebel hideouts, Imperial Star Destroyers, politic shenanigans, and espionage we can handle.

For even more please go check out the AICN website for their complete coverage on this great scoop. As the series has yet to actually be scripted, I think we can take this information with a grain of salt, but to me it all really sounds great. I am very VERY excited to see Star Wars on the small screen in live action form. I just hope they've got some good writers on the job :)


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