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Money no object...

You know, I got together with a few old friends again and one told me how her nine year old son is very much into Star Wars at the moment, mostly courtesy of the Clone Wars series. And another friend told me her boss kids are crazy about it as well. Who knew? I had no idea it was popular with kids these days.

Anyway, it got me thinking on the real life TV show that Lucas announced ages ago so I invoked some google-fu and learned that it's in a state of "no idea if we're gonna make this" state right now. Scripts are there, production is on ice. The reason? Lucas said he'd need 50 Million bucks per episode!

Are you kidding me? Are you freaking kidding me? What kind of show does need fifty million bucks per episode to make? That's outrageous. Now I'm thinking the guy knows SQUAT about TV shows and he needs to get of his CGI kink, stat. Since that would obviously be the cost factor.

I mean, in the Stargate shows or BSG or any other Sci-Fi shows, I thought they had some damn good space battle scenes. And they obviously managed them on their meager budgets. So again, how can you get to costs of 50 million per! episode!? What do you plan to cgi there? Air? Bread? I...I was kinda speechless reading that.

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legoline
Apr. 25th, 2011 03:35 pm (UTC)
I bet he needs 50 million per episode so that it can be advertised with "50 MILLION BUCKS PER EPISODE!"
astri13
Apr. 25th, 2011 04:03 pm (UTC)
Heh, that could be it. Too bad it would need 150 million viewers regularly to off-set the cost. :)
mareen
Apr. 25th, 2011 03:39 pm (UTC)
I bet he needs 50 Millions Bucks per episode because he's crazy.
astri13
Apr. 25th, 2011 04:02 pm (UTC)
Well, that, too. :) But I was really shocked reading this. You can't approach a TV show like a movie and it doesn't need to be all special effects all the time.

Now I'd be curious to read the "scripts" already written, they probably go like this:
Location: green screen
Character A (CGI) enters and encounters character B (actor bald, CGI hair, must move realistically)
Cut to space battle (2000 ships battle another 2000 ships)
Location: Planet Mrtzltplrx, many CGI mushrooms
mareen
Apr. 25th, 2011 04:32 pm (UTC)
Isn't ILM his own company? So if he gets someone to produce this thing, he basically pays those 50 Million per episode to himself. This might also be a reason, besides his hard-on for special effects.
astri13
Apr. 25th, 2011 06:08 pm (UTC)
Isn't ILM his own company? So if he gets someone to produce this thing, he basically pays those 50 Million per episode to himself. This might also be a reason, besides his hard-on for special effects.

I think he has become obsessed with the technical side of things. The old movies likely benefitted from him not being able to bury them under effects like he can do now.

And yup, ILM belongs to him so he would essentially be paying himself. And grudgingly the ILM employees.
scolaro
Apr. 25th, 2011 03:59 pm (UTC)
No no, you got it all wrong - he needs the money not for CGI, but for filming the whole thing IN ACTUAL SPACE! Won't this be awesome?!

...

(Well, at least I'm sure it's not for decent writers!)
astri13
Apr. 25th, 2011 04:05 pm (UTC)
No no, you got it all wrong - he needs the money not for CGI, but for filming the whole thing IN ACTUAL SPACE! Won't this be awesome?!

Location shots when you could have CGI and green screen? Heresy. *g*

(Well, at least I'm sure it's not for decent writers!)

Maybe the writers are CGI, too? Because I can see how that would up production costs. :D
mangokulfi
Apr. 25th, 2011 04:29 pm (UTC)
Oh George. So out of touch with reality. I like the idea above that he wants to shoot on location in space. That makes the most sense to me. :P
astri13
Apr. 25th, 2011 06:04 pm (UTC)
Oh George. So out of touch with reality.

He seems to approach this as if it was just a big budget movie or many of them, not realizing how movies and TV are very different animals. *shakes head*

I like the idea above that he wants to shoot on location in space. That makes the most sense to me. :P

Ironically he shot the original trilogy on location as much as he could, I mean Tunesia and I believe Mark Hammill nearly froze to Death in Norway. As a result, the alien "worlds" looked so much more real and organic to me than the super CGI-ed planets of the new films ever could.

But he seems to be in love with doing it digitally. So if someone convinced him to do it in space to get that organic feeling back? That would be almost cute.

Though you'd still need CGI to put the effects back in since there are no explosions in actual space. *g*
leelust
Apr. 25th, 2011 05:52 pm (UTC)
If he'll get 50 mln bucks per ep i wan to work for him in money department :)
astri13
Apr. 25th, 2011 06:05 pm (UTC)
He can give 50 Million bucks to me, I'll draw stick figures on flashcards. That could be a show, right? *g*
gatorpez
Apr. 26th, 2011 12:08 am (UTC)
My nephews (now 10 and 6 1/2) are not as interested in Clone Wars anymore, but 2 years ago they were big into it, in fact, they named their dog Chewie. LOL
astri13
Apr. 27th, 2011 07:10 pm (UTC)
Chewie, heh? That's really cute.

I've always considered myself a fan but apart from the movies, it's more that I read the novels.

Maybe it's because the Clone Wars is just being re-aired here on German TV and the kids got their first taste of it. I figure it will probably pass when the next big thing comes along.
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