Rumors We Love: George Lucas Shot 50 Hours Of New Star Wars Episodes

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We knew George Lucas was a little nuts, but come on…the New York Post got Star Wars fans all jazzed by reporting that the mastermind had “50 hours worth of scripts for the long-anticipated Star Wars live-action TV series already shot,” but was waiting for “a different type of technology we can use so it’s economically feasible to shoot the shows” before releasing them. Understandably, everyone who cares (and after the last trilogy and Clone Wars, it’s amazing people aren’t just ignoring him) was a little confused by the hub-bub. The episodes were shot but still needed to be shot? What does “in the can” mean? Did Lucas tape the live-action parts with some newfangled digital hoo-ha to be added later?

Sadly (or is it?), Entertainment Weekly confirmed that Lucas was misquoted—50 hours of episodes have been written, but nothing’s been committed to digital video. It’s still a crazy notion, especially considering that every time Lucas finishes a Star Wars project he swears he’s going to spend his kazillions making small art projects, only to drop another load of space junk on the fanboys (to be fair, he did produce Red Tails, a Cuba Gooding Jr. movie about the Tuskegee Airmen, scheduled for release later this year). But the question remains—what technological advancement will allow George to pump out these 50 hours of Star Wars apocrypha? We’re guessing a computer program that makes his later work tolerable for people who don’t sleep with a light saber.

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