There’s an extensive piece over at the New York Times on George Lucas, in which the famed Star Wars director discusses his Star Wars universe, the upcoming ‘Clone Wars’ movie and TV series (including the back story on how it got off the ground), the live-action series and more. I’ve assembled some highlights–and some new photos–that you can check out after the jump.
I’ve put together all the TV series related aspects of the article. If you just want to read the full three-page article, you can do so by clicking here.
- Lucas had been contemplating an animated series that would flesh out the adventures of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker between Episodes II and III.
- Lucasfilm Animation was created out of his pursuit of his Clone Wars projects about three years ago.
- Lucas waited until the first 22-episode season of The Clone Wars was nearly finished before presenting it to television networks in late 2007. The response was weak, with Fox passing on it, and the Cartoon Network originally lukewarm on it.
- Lucas believes that networks simply felt that the series wasn’t compatible with a prime-time network schedule: “It didn’t fit any of the molds that everybody had,” Mr. Lucas said. “It’s not ‘SpongeBob SquarePants,’ but at the same time it’s also not ‘Family Guy.’ ”
- Warner Bros. became interested only when Lucas decided to produce a theatrical Clone Wars film after he was encouraged by the animation results he saw. At that point, Warner Bros. convinced Cartoon Network to give the television series another look.
- Time Warner sees the collaboration as a way to share in the money making Star Wars franchise: “It’s the relationship with Lucasfilm that we’re very excited about,” said Dan Fellman, president for domestic distribution of Warner Brothers Pictures. “Not just on the Cartoon Network but possibly for live-action television down the road.” Time Warner notes that TBS, TNT or HBO could make a good home for the live-action show.
- As with all his other “Star Wars” properties, Lucas owns this one outright. He’s financing The Clone Wars and charging Time Warner licensing fees to distribute and broadcast the show. The article notes that an anonymous source with knowledge of the company’s animation operations said that the earliest episodes of The Clone Wars probably cost between $750,000 to $1.5M each.
- Lucas doesn’t expect The Clone Wars movie to be much of a hit, well aware it’ll likely be the lowest grossing of the franchise. Though he does say that he’d be satisfied if it made $100M.
The article really is a good read. The photos (mostly concept art) follow below.
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Source: The New York Times