So as I said last week, I pretty firmly believe that Sansweet and company are finally going to bust out the official Celebration V announcement next month at San Diego Comic Con, but I’m not sure that really justifies airing the thing on G4.
Not that C5 wouldn’t be big news for us, but for the general audience at SDCC and G4 it’s not really wait-in-line or tune-in now material. The second season of The Clone Wars and The Old Republic MMO are certain to make appearances, but the TOR trailer is old news and while it’ll be nice to see Disney’s TCW preview in wide and open release, neither of those are exactly earth-shaking.
No, the ante has been upped; I’m expecting – hoping- something big. Like some major news on the live-action series, perhaps? Hasn’t been much solid on that lately, but there have been those rumors flying around about casting and murmurs about possible shooting locations. (And now… John Williams? Not that IMDB is most reliable of sources at this point in the game.) It’s a long shot… But we can hope. For a name, at the very least.
What would you like to hear? Would C5 and The Clone Wars alone satisfy you?
TFN has rounded up all the hints and hopes in hopes of giving us some clues about filming locations for the live-action series. It’s starting to look like The Phantom Menace runup all over again… But at least we have better software this time around.
For the budding anthropologists in the room… McSweeny’s has Yub Jub Means “Devour the Weak:” An Authoritative Study of the Ewoks From the Field. (Also noteworthy, though not Star Wars: Selections from H.P. Lovecraft’s Brief Tenure as a Whitman’s Sample Copywriter.)
- Awards: Joshua Budich’s Star Wars collection site, which I blogged about way back in 2007, has won a Webby Award and was the People’s Voice pick in the 13th Annual Webby Awards.
- Art? Poke around to find a private moment with Vader among Ian Pool’s ‘Super’ series.
- Fanmade: Ladies and gents, the Death Star grill.
- At random: “Fake Wedge” from A New Hope is IGN’s Obscure Character of the Day. (via)
- Lists: SciFiNow has five storylines for the live-action show and their ten best Star Wars moments, while Topless Robot counts down the nine greatest fan films ever made.
George Lucas is encouraging the Czech Republic to step it up on the filming incentives. In the name of the live-action series, perhaps? It might be a long shot, but what the hey: Red Tails is filming there, after all.
(Hey George, you know who has great tax incentives? Michigan! I promise I won’t stalk you or anything.)
Tagne of StarWars-Universe.com found that the Star Wars live-action show is listed as being in pre-production by the Screen Australia (Warning: PDF link) website. He contacted Lucasfilm, who said:
The live-action series is still too far off for any immediately impending announcements, but feel free to keep checking in!
Screen Australia is probably jumping the gun – we have nothing solid (only hearsay) about casting yet, and if Wikipedia is to be trusted (I know, I know,) that at least would come before pre-production began officially. But the fact is, Lucasfilm is playing things close to their chest at this point, so we just don’t know.
It’s not much, but hey: Any little bit, right?
Jay Laga’aia (Captain Typho) has told New Zealand’s Dominion Post that he has talked with George Lucas about a role in the live-action TV show which officially isn’t casting at all. Here’s a quote from the article, which appears on stuff.co.nz but not the Post’s actual web site:
“It’s one of those things that people sort of take for granted you worked on the first one, so … we’re in discussion at the moment because I’m interested in playing a couple of roles.
“You find with those sort of roles you can play different characters some are heavily made up, others aren’t.”
This whole situation is more than a little fishy, so I wouldn’t take it for granted just yet… (via)
MTV is reporting that the Star Wars live-action show is now casting. Weirdly enough the source is… Attack of the Clones bit player Rose Byrne?
During the junket for the Nicolas Cage thriller “Knowing,” star Rose Byrne let slip that Team Lucas is casting a wide net for actors to join the show. “A lot of my friends have been auditioning for it,” she said.
Well okay then. Our live-action news roundup does need a bit of updating, but there’s been so little news on this lately that it still hits most of the major points. But if casting really is underway, that’s about to change. (via)
UPDATE: Entertainment Weekly got hold of a Lucasfilm rep:
But EW has confirmed with a Lucasfilm rep that a casting agent in Australia is “doing some preliminary ground work, but official casting will not start until the scripts are complete.” At the earliest, the series would go into production in 2010, the rep added.
Russell T. Davies, who revived Doctor Who for the BBC, turned down George’s offer to talk about the Star Wars live-action series, according to SFX’s review of his new book, The Writer’s Tale. Given that every female Who fan I know is not that fond of the guy I’m not shedding any tears… (via)