How was anyone supposed to know that a massively intergalactic live-action Star Wars TV series would cost a lot of money to make? Only moments after agreeing to pledge at least half of his multi-billion dollar fortune to charity, beloved and endlessly loathed Star Wars creator George Lucas was cruelly reminded that unprecedentedly ambitious TV sagas don't come cheap. Comicbookmovie.com reports that Lucas recently offered fans a rare update of the series' status, saying that "The live-action TV show is kind of on hold because we have scripts, but we don't know how to do them." Lucas would later clarify that he was referring to the difficulties in funding such an ambitious project, and not a crippling inability to write scripts that aren't terrible, but the double meaning of his comment is nevertheless a painful reminder that Star Wars might be a franchise best left alone.
News about the show - first announced in 2005 - has been ominously mum during recent years, and so it's hardly surprising that the mammoth undertaking isn't going smoothly. Lucas explained that the episodes "Are literally Star Wars, only we're going to have to try to do them at a tenth the cost. And it's a huge challenge, a lot bigger than we thought it was gonna be." While it's very nice to hear that he's affording the project a respect and scale equal to its potential, I can't help but wonder how an updated budget for this thing so drastically eclipsed Lucas' original projections. You would think that if anyone knew how much it might cost to make a Star Wars TV show, it would be the guy who made and then partially re-made the Star Wars movies. But I guess at some point after the initial planning session he considered his legacy and decided to upgrade the show's ambition from "cash-in" to "sincere."