Lucas working on original film (Jar-Jar not included) 17 Mar, 2008, 18:53 / 10 comments

In rather a surprise announcement (or rather reminder) at the ShoWest convention during a quick chat about Star Wars: The Clone Wars (animated movie and series, not awful game), George Lucas gave an interview with about his first original film since the early 90s, entitled Red Tails.

Read a brief preview of the interview here.

Red Tails will tell the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first all African-American pilot squad that flew during World War II. And to balance the seriousness of this update, wibble blibble plip plop plap.

Update: Ahhh, that's better, I thought the world was coming to an end then. George talks to Empire about Star Wars. Animated Clone Wars and the upcoming live TV series.

Now, you remember The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, Lucas' last TV series? You know how they, despite being quite enjoyable, very rarely made any attempt to do anything that made us love the movies so much? Well:
The live action show doesn't have any of the characters from the movies. It takes place at the same time, between episodes three and four, but it doesn't have anything to do with the Skywalkers. You kind of hear about the Emperor, and it takes place in that world, but it's like you have the TV show 24 and the TV show The Wire; they're in the same place but they're two completely different things."
So, no Emperor, no Darth Vader, no Yoda, no Obi-Wan Kenobi, no Luke, no Leia, no Han Solo, no Jabba The Hutt, Boba Fett etc. Feel those Young Indy flashbacks yet?

UPDATE: That ComingSoon interview is now viewable for your reading pleasure. There's a little of Red Tails and Lucas' films post-Sith, but it's mostly about The Clone Wars animated series.

For extra fun value, why not imagine George Lucas' words being said by a Star Wars character? Darth Vader's pretty good.


  • jp-30 on 14 Mar, 2008, 20:03…
    I like that the live action TV series concentrates on non-core characters. It's a big universe, or at least it should be.

    While there have been lots of main character cameos, most of the good Star Wars videogames, from TIE Fighter through KOTOR, Dark Forces etc all existed via secondary characters and were, I think, better off for it.
  • The Tingler on 14 Mar, 2008, 22:03…
    True, but not featuring ANY of the movie characters? Not even Vader, Fett, Jabba or young Han Solo? All the good stories, with the exception of KOTOR but that was handled by story and character masters Bioware, feature movie characters as well as new characters.

    Still, I'll keep my hopes up. As long as he doesn't fill the DVD release up with only historical documentaries...
  • jp-30 on 15 Mar, 2008, 01:44…
    I'm pretty sure existing characters will be in the live action show. Pretty sure Rick McCallum said Boba Fett would feature. I think Lucas is just saying that, y'know, Luke, Leia, Han, Vader etc aren't on-screen characters.

    Time will tell, of course.
  • The Tingler on 15 Mar, 2008, 10:46…
    Yeah, you're probably right.
  • jp-30 on 14 Mar, 2008, 19:58…
    This film's been slated for years, glad he's finally making it.

    Here's some old discussion on boards.
  • PirateKingChris on 14 Mar, 2008, 19:09…
    I LOVE WWII things, hooray!
  • Zaarin on 14 Mar, 2008, 18:10…
    NOT a Star Wars movie? :O
    He can do that?
  • The Tingler on 14 Mar, 2008, 19:44…
    If you look into Star Wars past, only pain will you find.
  • Kroms on 17 Mar, 2008, 02:49…
    American Graffity?
  • Dirk on 14 Mar, 2008, 20:00…
    What about THX1138?

    just kidding^^

    I really liked the cover of the DVD though.