The future is television, or so saith George Lucas, anyway.
For those who haven't heard, the venerated caretaker of the Star Wars universe has decided that he is going to dedicate himself to the television platform with his upcoming Star Wars projects planned for television distribution, one live action, the other animated--in three dimensions. Not that he won't still be making pictures for the big screen, since Indiana Jones 4 is going to be on its way, but Lucas is moving his most famous franchise of all away from the blockbuster film and into the television series.
The comments stemmed out of an event at New York City's Museum of Television and Radio, at a festival named in honor of one of the most well-known figures in early TV history, William S. Paley.
I'm assuming that his "future is television" is referring particularly to the Star Wars franchise, since television is not exactly the newest of platforms on the block. However, Star Wars properties on TV is quite new, revolutionary even, and a 3D animated series is even more so.
At the event, Lucas revealed quite a few details about his 3D series, including his plans to finance the creation of 100 episodes of the animated series and to have that creation process well underway before ever finding a distributor.
The Lucasfilm series depicts the events that take place between the second and third episodes of the Star Wars franchise, the last two films to come out.
Not as much information is available on his plans for a live action Star Wars television series at this point.
Of course, Lucas did not seem to be restricting his definition of "television" to the offerings of cable and satellite but was taking into account Internet technologies as well, saying, "We're entering a world where niche markets are the name of the game."
These projects have been in the works for some time, and George seems pretty dedicated to making the 3D digital animation series successful.
Here's another observation on Lucas' comments about television from TheForce.net.
While TV has lured plenty of heavy-hitters in for projects from time-to-time, Lucas' name and the Star Wars franchise carries a following that few will match. What might his project do for the idea of 3D animation, as well as increasing the drive for the type of digital products made more feasible with the conversion to HD TV sets, etc.?
It will be interesting to find out...