You people blow my mind. Could Favreau have been chosen maybe cause he's a big-name director who delivered on a big ticket franchise before?
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Favreau to write and exec produce TV series
Posted 14 March 2018 - 11:41 PM
I'd love to have Espenson on the team, but not in charge. She's awesome, but I will forever typecast her as the funny writer from Buffy. Also, her brief run as the Caprica showrunner seems more of a fiasco than a recommendation.
Plenty of other women running television shows for as long as I can remember and plenty of writers/producers capable of making the jump. Television's a different beast of course and doesn't have nearly as big an issue as the movies on this count.
Besides, do we really think Favreau ends up actually being the showrunner? More likely, he writes/directs the pilot and the general plot of the 1st season or two, and then hands the whole thing off to someone with more experience and who isn't busy making $1 billion movies while keeping an executive producer and created by credit.
Posted 15 March 2018 - 09:08 AM
I agree it is kind of too bad that this thread never got around to actually discussing its own topic, but here we are.
I get the arguments on both sides. But if I have to pick a point to stand behind, it's that in this new Disney-era of Lucasfim, that puts diversity on camera, including many strong female leads, this is the list of creative forces hired:
Lord and Miller
Benoit and Weiss
That's nine white guys in a row (or seven, if you'd rather count that way). Sure, it's about picking safe (the Ron Howard choice underlines that), and that's what corporations do, but there is a certain hypocracy at work, or a deceit, when a film company professes to be about diversity and only hires white men to direct.
Don't forget on top of all this Johnson has been given a whole trilogy of his own already.
Posted 11 May 2018 - 11:25 PM
Also, so much coolness could happen with a Star Wars TV project, especially if it was an anthology... really hoping its an anthology.
Posted 13 May 2018 - 11:26 AM
Posted 14 May 2018 - 01:00 PM
Lucas has always been oddly miserly. Although, I confess, the economics of modern television baffle me.
Lucas said he couldn't do a TV show cause it would cost 3mil an episode, which is just absurd.
It’s an insane thing— especially given that no two shows have the same budget. I’m on a Hulu show right now, relatively low budget, and the things we have to cut to save money are ridiculous. For example— we had to lose our main character’s pet because a trained dog costs $700 a day. We had to move all scenes that took place at a diner to people’s dining rooms because securing a diner location or building a set and filling it with extras wasn’t worth the cost.
Lucas must have wanted to basically shoot, produce, and finilize the show the with the same scope and quality as the films. That’s the only way it would cost that much... basically he just looked at it like a movie he was going to cut into episodes (as 10 eps at 3m would be somewhat similar to a SW film budget)— which is probably unwise for a variety of reasons.
If you look at the scope of shows like GOT or Westworld though, there are ways to do it. Hell, the OT managed to pull it off by most all of the story taking place on remote planets away from the heart of the over-populated galaxy.
- Ryn +1 this