The Czech site Czech Position have posted an interview with Rick McCallum, producer of the Star Wars prequels and the forthcoming Red Tails, about the future of the hotly anticipated live action Star Wars t.v. show.
When asked if the Czech capital was in the running for the new series, McCallum said, “Oh, absolutely. This would be one of the primary places because of the talent.” He went on to praise the quality of Czech film crews, who he says are much more efficient than those in other countries in Europe. The Indiana Jones TV series isn’t his only experience with Czech film crews. Lucasfilm just finished production on “Red Tails,” a $30 million World War II film about African American fighter pilots, that will be released to coincide with Martin Luther King Day (Jan. 16) in 2012. Most of that film was shot in the Czech Republic and with a local crew.
Rick went on to say more about the series . .
“The TV show is on hold, but that has nothing to do with the Czech Republic, it has to do with the episodes being so ambitious. We have 50 hours of third-draft scripts, but the problem we have is there is a lot of digital animation, and 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.
“Network television and cable television as we know it are completely imploding, so we’re not really sure that in five years’ time we can release a dramatic one-hour episode because it is all reality TV now,” he added.
“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.”
“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.”