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Post Posted: September 21st 2010 11:30 pm
 
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September 22 2010

IGN • Lucas Comments on Why The Series is On Hold

MOVIE OF THE WEEK
50 HOURS WRITTEN


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LUCAS TRANSCRIPT:

• Well right now we don't know - We have a MOVIE OF THE WEEK and 50 HOURS WRITTEN - all done - ready to go. It's just that we can't figure out a way of doing it for less than $50 MILLION per EPISODE and obviously we can't afford to do that.

• So I'm not going to compromise on the quality of it - so we just have to keep working on the technology to see if we can improve ways of getting the story told without it costing a fortune.

• I think it'll advance just like everything else advances - so the price for everything is going down. We're shooting it with much more sophisticated cameras and we're working on ways - more inexpensive ways - of doing - all the special effects and that sort of thing.


Post Posted: September 21st 2010 11:31 pm
 
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:heavymetal: thanks for the heads up

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Post Posted: September 22nd 2010 6:59 am
 

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That is great - thanks for the update. At least it's not bad news.


Post Posted: September 22nd 2010 5:50 pm
 
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So, at $50 million per show, a standard series run of 22 episodes per year for six years would require $6.6 billion in revenue in order to breakeven.

Financially and logistically, at what point does it make more sense to turn this project into a series of standalone films or a high-end animated series?


Post Posted: September 23rd 2010 3:01 am
 
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With 50 scripts and a (tv) movie of a the week written the series is ready to go. All that is needed is a network or studio step up and bankroll this.

The $50 million quantity perhaps was an exaggeration to illustrate the costing issue - though according to recent articles the average movie costs $100mill to make • $100mill : 2hour movie :: $50mill : 1hour tvseries.

Lucas maybe publicly trying to get potential production areas to subsidize the project with incentives like he did in Czech Republic.


Post Posted: September 23rd 2010 9:07 am
 
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Even if the figure is exaggerated, it's still way out of line with current production standards. Presently, a high-end show like Mad Men costs around $2 million per episode. The Lost pilot (which is considered to be the most expensive pilot ever) cost between $10 and $14 million.

For reference, the production costs of TPM, AOTC, and ROTS were $115 million, $120 million, and $113 million respectively.


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