Saturday, March 15, 2008

Lucas Offers Sneak Peek @ "Clone Wars"

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"Star Wars" creator George Lucas offered a sneak peek into "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," a computer-animated movie , during the ShoWest theatre-owners convention March 13.

The movie will be followed by a TV series airing on the Cartoon Network and TNT this fall.

Set in the years between "Attack of the Clones" and "Revenge of the Sith", the movie and series showcase new adventures of 'Jedi' warrior 'Anakin Skywalker', his mentor 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' and the female Jedi 'Ahsoki'.

"It's like 'Band of Brothers' in space...with Jedi," Lucas said, planning to produce 100 hours worth of TV episodes of "Clone Wars."

He is also moving forward with a live-action "Star Wars" TV show set in the decades between "Revenge of the Sith" and the period when the original "Star Wars" takes place.

"I felt there were a lot more Star Wars stories left to tell," said Lucas. "I was eager to start telling some of them through animation and, at the same time, push the art of animation forward."

Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. Pictures President of Domestic Distribution, added, "This is a breakthrough project -- returning Star Wars to the big screen in a completely new way while beginning an exciting new chapter in George Lucas' legendary saga. We immediately felt that it would be a fantastic theatrical event and are thrilled to be bringing it to moviegoers."