I will start off by saying that I am a huge Star Wars fan. There has been talk of a Star Wars live-action tv series for a little while. Today, Sci Fi Wire has posted that their Australian sister site has reported that preproduction has begun. The show is set to be shot in Australia and debut in 2010. It has been reported that it will take place in between Episodes III and IV.
Is this a good thing? The basic consensus is the newer trilogy (Episodes I-III) were not as good as the original trilogy. There has also been reports that there will not be any major existing characters present, including Jedi or Sith. What's the point then? Apparently the Empire will be on the rise but the Emperor himself won't be seen.
According to Slash Film, producer Rick McCallum confirmed that the great Boba Fett would be "an instrumental part" of the series. Okay, now I'm starting to get excited. But how does this fit with the "no major existing characters" ideal? The other sort of good news is the show has been described as " Deadwood meets The Sopranos in space." That sounds weird but interesting. Hopefully the show won't be watered down for "the kids" yet not be over the top and go against what the franchise has stood for.
What would you like to see in the series? With the success of Battlestar Galactica, do you think a Star Wars tv show could work? Would you be interested in a sci-fi tv series set in the Star Wars universe? What minor characters would you like to see explored in this time period? Is there any hope that this will redeem the franchise and bring it back to greatness?