A New Live Action Star Wars TV Show in 2011 and Terminator 5 and 6 Could Get James Camerons Terminator 1 and 2 Writing Partner

1. The Celebrity Cafe reports a new, and still untitled Star Wars live-action TV series is still trudging on, and will hopefully be ready for viewers in 2011.

According to Wookieepedia.com, it will take place in between the last prequel and the first original, A New Hope, during the dark times Obi Wan mentioned to Luke in Episode IV. The show will be set in a gritty, dark and malevolent frame for whichever characters will be thrown in. The Empire will be in full swing, and we will probably see more anti-heroes than actual heroes in the show, as it will be told from the perspectives of relatively minor characters in the Star Wars universe. While they say relatively minor characters, Boba Fett, C-3PO, and Emperor Palpatine are all rumored to be in the show, with their original actors from the films (Fett being played by Daniel Logan from Attack of the Clones, not Jason Wingreen from Empire Strikes Back) in the show.

The show will be filmed in Australia and will be written by Tony McNamara and Fiona Seres, veterans of the drama TV scene.

George Lucas said in an interview with Total Film Magazine that the show will be more like the original series, “. . . funny and there’s action, but it’s [a] lot more talky. It’s more of what I would call a soap opera with a bunch of personal dramas in it. It’s not really based on action-adventure films from the ’30s – it’s actually more based on film noir movies from the ’40s!” He also said it would be like Deadwood meets The Sopranos, but in space.

With Lucas saying, “We’re going to do something that would normally cost ($20 million-$30 million) and try to do it for $1 million,” story will have to come before special effects and production. The show is said in Wookieepedia.com to run over 100 episodes initially, with Lucas producing for the first year or so

The show could be a revitalizing push for die-hard fans of the original three movies.

2. Deadline.com reports that James Cameron’s writing partner on the first two films, William Wisher, has scripted a detailed 24-page treatment for Terminator 5, and a 4-page concept outline for Terminator 6

The plot that accepts the story lines from Jonathan Mostow’s Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and McG’s Terminator: Salvation. Most interestingly, he turns the story back to the core characters and time travel storyline of the first two films that Wisher crafted with Cameron.

Wisher has created a role for Arnold Schwarzenegger that is as surprising as his shift from villain in the first film, to John Connor’s bodyguard in the second. Schwarzenegger wouldn’t be needed until the final film, which wouldn’t shoot until after he ends his term as California Governor. And who wouldn’t want to see Linda Hamilton back in aerobic top fitness form as Sarah Connor?

There are several new villains, and plenty of firepower. For instance, a swarm of “Night Crawlers,” 4 1/2-foot tall border sentries that are set like mines to spring up out of the ground and ambush rebel fighters with 10 MM pistols built into their wrists, and fingers and feet that are razor sharp. Also fresh off the Skynet assembly line are new shape-shifting cyborgs that can morph together in Transformers-like mode, and are more lethal than anything we’ve seen in previous Terminator installments.

Wisher presents a satisfying conclusion to what by then would be a 6-picture struggle between Skynet’s machines and John and Sarah Connor to preserve a future that allows mankind to prevail over the machines.