Want to know what George Lucas has in store for his Star Wars television series? Read the interview with Steve Sonsky over at TV Guide.
In Part 1 of TV Guide executive editor Steve Sonsky’s in-depth Q&A with George Lucas, the discussion encompassed the Starz documentary Fog City Mavericks (premiering Monday, Sept. 24, at 9 pm/ET), Lucas’ advice for aspiring filmmakers and why Sean Connery turning down Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull might be a good thing. Here in Part 2, the conversation turns to Lucas’ pair of TV-bound Star Wars projects, the power of the Internet and the television series he was distraught to see go off the air.
TV Guide: Can we talk about the two Star Wars television series you’re working on…?
George Lucas: There’s Clone Wars, and we’re in the middle of that.
TV Guide: Tell us about it.
Lucas: Well it’s basically like Star Wars [in that it] takes place between, obviously, [the films] Episode II [Attack of the Clones] and Episode III [Revenge of the Sith], but it’s the same kind of action. Unfortunately, it doesn’t fall into the realm of what animation [typically] is, which is either adult, kind of off-color humor or kiddie stuff. This is, like Star Wars, sort of in between those two things. It’s a lot of battle stuff, and it’s obviously the Clone Wars, so it’s a war picture. So it’s kind of a PG-13 animated TV series, which is something that has never been done before and obviously doesn’t fit in any of the conventional slots that these things fall into. In that, it’s very different, and I think it’s very exciting. It’s got a very, very sophisticated look to it. It’s very much like the features. We’re still trying to figure out how to put it on the air.
TV Guide: And you’re going to do a hundred episodes?
Lucas: We’re going to do a hundred episodes. I think we’re on [No.] 40 right now. We’ll probably end up with 50 to 60 episodes before we start to put it on the air. We’d like to put it on next fall, in about a year from now, but we’ll see what happens.
TV Guide: Where do you see it living? How do you see this playing? Obviously it doesn’t sound like a Saturday morning cartoon.
Lucas: Right now, we don’t know. It’s out there to people, and people are talking about it, but so far, everybody’s got the same conundrums — “How do we program it? Where does it live? Where can we put something like this?” You know, it has to go after 9 o’clock and it can’t be on a kiddie channel.
TV Guide: So you see it on a more mainstream channel or the Sci Fi Channel or something like that?
Lucas: Well, it’s one of those things. Television is sort of bifurcated up into small niches and unless you fit in one of those niches, no one knows what to do with you. And, of course, I’m always outside the box, so it’s like, “Uh-oh, we don’t have a box for you.” [Laughs] But it’s Star Wars and it’s really good, so I’m sure somehow or another, people will also start thinking outside the box and it will find its home.
TV Guide: What about your Star Wars live-action series for TV?
Lucas: Yes, I’m working on that. We’re just going to start writing it in about a month from now, start doing scripts for it.
TV Guide: And where will that live in the Star Wars continuum relative to Clone Wars and relative to the films?
Lucas: Well, Clone Wars has got all the characters in it — Yoda and Anakin and Obi Wan and the Emperor and all that — so it’s basically the movie. The live-action [series] is not the movie. It’s the Star Wars universe, but it’s characters from the saga who were [previously] minor, and it follows their stories. It’s set between [movie episodes] III and IV, when the Empire has taken over. It’s like Episode IV in that the Emperor and Darth Vader are heard about — people talk about them — but you never see them because it doesn’t take place where they actually are. There are storm troopers and all that, but there are no Jedis. It’s different, but I think it’s very exciting because I get to explore a part of that universe that I haven’t been able to explore. Once you have a saga, it’s got a lot of requirements because it’s about a particular [thing] — in this case, Darth Vader — and so it’s his story from the time he’s 10 to the time he died. You really can’t go off that track because that’s the story. Whereas now, I can make a left turn on 10th Street and go down there and see what’s going on.
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Synopsis: Jigsaw still haunts the living, forcing them to appreciate life, or face death. As a continuation of Saw III, Jeff must find his daughter and escape the building to which they are confined before they both die. After finding another tape of Jigsaw, Jeff realizes there may be a newly added piece of the puzzle that he must decipher before it’s too late.
Four orphan teenagers are growing up behind the closed doors of a Catholic convent in outback Australia during the 1960s. As the boys watch younger kids get adopted by loving families, they begin to realize that as they get older, their turn may never come. The Reverend Mother gives the boys something to look forward to by sending them to visit the seaside for the first time.
While at the seaside, the boys meet a young couple unable to have children, who would make the perfect parents. The eldest of the boys, Maps (Daniel Radcliffe), finds himself drawn to Lucy, a beautiful girl from down the coast. Competing to be the most adoptable, the rest of the boys, Sparks, Misty and Spit, severely test their friendships as long gestating feelings of rejection explode to the surface.
The bonds of friendship eventually overcome the rivalries, sealing forever the strong ties that bind the December boys as they learn the real meaning behind friendship, family and love.
Based on the classic novel of the same name by Michael Noonan.
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Teresa Palmer, Christian Byers; Directed by: Rod Hardy
ASHRAF BARHOM as Saudi Colonel Al Ghazi in The Kingdom
The Kingdom arrive in theaters, September 28 and Stax at IGN interviews Ashraf Barhom, who plays Saudi Colonel Al Ghazi in the blockbuster thriller.
IGN: How did the filmmakers think of you for this role?
Ashraf Barhom: It was from Paradise Now. I made this movie and they saw it and liked it very much and we [were] contacted after that movie.
IGN: The Kingdom also reunites you with Ali Suliman, who starred with you in Paradise Now and The Syrian Bride. How was it working with him again?
Barhom: It was very good to have Ali next to me. I believe for him it was also good to share this experience together.
IGN: Can you talk about what it is that Fleury and Al-Ghazi come to recognize in each other that helps them overcome their differences?
Barhom: The idea that both of these characters have a mission of caring for the security of their country, so this point in the end made them [have] an interest in working together. The differences of the two cultures and of who decides things makes a conflict, a fight between them, but by the end they see the idea is more important that they need to find how they communicate and how they work together to solve a problem or an issue.
IGN: Jamie Foxx comes from a comedy background and is familiar with improvisation. Were you free to improvise with your character?
Barhom: Yeah, very much. Working on the set was very free. We had the opportunity with Pete [Berg] and his way of working to change the script and situations. Sometimes we made a new scene. We wrote new ideas. It was very healthy to work in this way. To make the movie more real and honest and close to reality.
IGN: Were you allowed to suggest things to allow for a more balanced or authentic depiction of Arab characters?
Barhom: You know what, the script was already good. The basics were already balanced, and during the working Pete saw what he’d written and he asked me and Ali — we changed things to make it more real, more close to reality.
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Synopsis: Bobby Green (Joaquin Phoenix) has turned his back on the family business. The popular manager of El Caribe, the legendary Russian-owned nightclub in Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach, he has changed his last name and concealed his connection to a long line of distinguished New York cops. For Bobby, every night is a party, as he greets friends and customers or dances with his beautiful Puerto Rican girlfriend, Amada (Eva Mendes), in a haze of cigarette smoke and disco music.
But it’s 1988, and New York City’s drug trade is escalating. Bobby tries to keep a friendly distance from the Russian gangster who is operating out of the nightclub – a gangster who is being targeted by his brother, Joseph (Mark Wahlberg), an up-and-coming NYPD officer, and his father, Burt (Robert Duvall), the legendary deputy chief of police.
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, Robert Duvall, Eva Mendes; Directed by: James Gray
Synopsis: Single and indecisive, Eddie (Ben Stiller) begins dating the incredibly sexy and seemingly fabulous Lila. Upon the urging of his father and best friend, Eddie proposes to her after only a week, fearing this may be his last chance at love, marriage, and happiness. However, while on their honeymoon in sunny Mexico, Lila reveals her true beyond-awful nature and Eddie meets Miranda, the woman he realizes to be his actual soul mate. Eddie must keep his new, increasingly horrid wife at bay as he attempts to woo the girl of his dreams
Cast: Ben Stiller, Michelle Monaghan, Malin Akerman, Jerry Stiller, Rob Corddry, Carlos Mencia, Scott Wilson, Danny, McBride, Polly Holliday; Directed by: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
There are whole lot of good DVD releases this week. This should keep the DVD junkies busy for a while – until at least next week. Just click on the corresponding links below to purchase the movie posters:
We are Marshall (Drama) – Starring Matthew McConaughey as a young coach who was determined to rebuild Marshall’s football program after 75 members of the Marshall football team and coaching staff were killed in a plane crash.
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Fox, Huntley Ritter, Anthony Mackie, Kate Mara; Directed by: McG
Gracie (Drama) – An inspirational story of a young girl, who is struggling with grief after the death of her brother in a car accident. She works through her grief by deciding to fill the void left on her brother’s football (soccer) team.
Cast: Dermot Mulroney, Elisabeth Shue, Carly Schroeder, Karl Girolamo, Vasilios ‘Billy’ Mantagas, Donnie Gray, Emma Bell, Dermot Mulroney, Christopher Shand; Directed by: Davis Guggenheim
Death Proof (Horror) – This is the uncut version of theTarantino and Robert Rodriguez Grindhouse movie, Death Proof.
Lucky You (Romantic/Drama) – Starring Eric Bana and Drew Barrymore. In the world of high-stakes Las Vegas poker, Huck Cheever (Eric Bana) is a blaster — a player who goes all out, all the time. But in his personal relationships, Huck plays it tight, expertly avoiding emotional commitments and long-term expectations. Huck however, soon learns a valuable lesson – that to win in the games of life and poker, he must try to play cards the way he has been living his life and live his life the way he has been playing cards.
Cast: Eric Bana, Drew Barrymore, Robert Duvall, Jean Smart, Debra Messing, Kelvin Han Yee, Charles Martin Smith; Directed by: Curtis Hanson
The Condemned (Action) – starring Steve Austin and Vinnie Jones
Synopsis: Gorgeous freshman Sydney White (Amanda Bynes) has come to Southern Atlantic University to pledge her late mom’s once-dignified sorority. But while surviving the pledging process wrought by evil campus witch Rachel (Sara Paxton), Syd finds out this version of sisterhood isn’t remotely what it’s cracked up to be.
Banished to a condemned house on Greek Row, Syd finds her rightful place with a band of seven very socially challenged guys. With the help of one lovestruck frat boy named Tyler (Matt Long), she and the doofs campaign to take over student government. Fighting for the rights of misfits big and small, Syd organizes her gang to revolutionize the system, once and for all.
Cast: Amanda Bynes, Matt Long, Sara Paxton, John Schneider; Directed by: Joe Nussbaum