Rick McCallum recently spoke to a Czech website called CzechPostion.com regarding the status of the live action series and the upcoming 3-D release of the Saga. Here's a few snippets from his interview posted by Raymond Johnston:
Star Wars TV series may shoot in Prague
The long-talked about Star Wars TV series will be a power and crime story similar to ‘The Godfather,’ largely shot in the Czech Republic.
If and when the Star Wars TV series is made, a large part of it will be shot in the Czech Republic, according to producer Rick McCallum, who has worked with filmmaker George Lucas since “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles” television series in the early 1990s, which was also partly shot in Prague, and who produced three Star Wars films.
“The TV series is on hold, but that has nothing to do with the Czech Republic; it has to do with [the episodes being] so ambitious,” McCallum told Czech Position. “We have 50 hours of third-draft scripts, but the problem we have is there is a lot of digital animation; we don’t have the technology yet to be able to do them at a price that is safe for television. Since we would be financing them, it would be suicide for us to do this [now]. So we are going to wait three or four years,” he said.
McCallum did reveal some of the basic storyline in the finished scripts. “It takes place between episodes three and four, when Luke Skywalker was growing up as a teenager, but it has nothing to do with Luke,” he said, adding that there is no young Luke Skywalker in any of the episodes. Episode three, “Revenge of the Sith” covers the time up until Luke’s birth. Episode four — the original “Star Wars” released in 1977, later called “A New Hope”— finds Luke at the start of his involvement with the Rebel Alliance.
“Basically, it is like ‘The Godfather’; it’s the Empire slowly building up its power base around the galaxy, what happens in Coruscant, which is the major capital, and it’s [about] a group of underground bosses who live there and control drugs, prostitution,” McCallum said.
For fans who want something in the meantime, McCallum also gave some details about the upcoming 3D versions of the existing Star Wars films. “We’re doing 3D versions of all six films, one a year, starting in February of next year. We start with [episode] one and go all the way through six, totally chronological,” he said. But the first one is a somewhat of a test. “One a year, if they work. If they don’t, then there will be just one [episode converted to 3D].”