Lucasfilm Shoots Down ‘Star Wars’ Live Action TV Rumors

The company clarifies George Lucas' statement from his 'Attack of the Show' interview.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

For several years now, George Lucas and Lucasfilm have been teasing a potential live-action "Star Wars" TV series to be set between the end of "Revenge of the Sith" and the original "Star Wars" movie, "A New Hope." However, it's been a long time since any concrete news on the project materialized.

And when Lucas appeared on G4's "Attack of the Show" earlier this week, he only fanned the flames of anticipation when he said "We have 50 hours and we're just waiting to figure out a different way of making movies, a different technology we can use … to make it feasible to shoot the show… When we do figure this problem out it will dramatically affect a lot of movies. Right now it looks like the Star Wars features."

Even with Lucas' legendary predisposition for keeping his projects as heavily guarded secrets, several observers wondered how he could have produced 50 hours of a TV show with nobody outside the company knowing anything about it. And the answer is… he couldn't.

Io9 approached Lucasfilm directly to clear up Lucas' statement. According the latest report, Lucas was referring to 50 hours worth of scripts that have already been written for the "Star Wars" TV show. Nothing has been put into production yet.

There's simply no way to tell at this point when the live-action "Star Wars" TV series will finally go forward, but it will almost certainly be heralded by casting announcements and network commitments.

Meanwhile, the animated "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" continues to perform well on Cartoon Network with no end in sight.