‘Star Wars’ creator George Lucas readies ‘Clone Wars’ series for TV
LOS ANGELES (AP) – “Star Wars” creator George Lucas could be back – only this time on the small screen.
Lucas said Wednesday he is making an animated TV series called “Clone Wars” that could air next year, although he hasn’t sold the show to a network yet.
The series is set during the time when the Republic is fighting a civil war against separatists led by the infamous Count Dooku.
The mythic period hasn’t been dealt with too much in the popular “Star Wars” movies, so “it’s a fun place to go,” Lucas said.
“It basically has all the main characters” such as Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, Lucas said, but the stars who played them in the movies won’t voice them for the TV show.
“There’s nobody famous,” Lucas told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.
The show is planned as a continuation of the Emmy-winning “Clone Wars” that aired in 25 episodes on the Cartoon Network from 2003 to 2005. That series used limited animation. The new version will use 3-D computer graphics.
It’s one of many projects being pursued by Lucas, who has also been looking into reworking the original “Star Wars” into a 3-D movie format but has concerns about the technology.
Lucas also is working on a fourth “Indiana Jones” movie. He won’t discuss the plot.
“We’re working on it. We haven’t agreed on a script yet,” Lucas said. “We’re basically still writing the script.”
Harrison Ford will be back as Indy but don’t look for any significant character changes in the snide whip-wielder.
“He’s Indiana Jones,” Lucas said. “He’s just basically older.”
Sean Connery will likely return as Indy’s father, he added.