A live-action Star Wars TV series has been in development for years, but nothing ever seems to come of it. Instead, George Lucas talks at length about the limitations of technology to bring his vision of Star Wars to the small screen. Lucas may be on the fence about the TV series, but some of the talent in front of the camera are excited about possibly taking on their roles in the Star Wars universe. Actor Ian McDiarmid, who played the Dark Lord of the Sith Emperor Palpatine, expressed his interest in returning to his iconic, evil role at Star Wars Celebration VI.
McDiarmid attended the event for the first time and during a Q&A said:
It would be nice if one day they would be followed up…who knows? Who knows if Palpatine would be in it? It could be like A New Hope. There could be a terrific representative — and by god, Peter Cushing (Grand Moff Tarkin) was a terrific actor — doing the emperor’s bidding. If he happened to pop up in the script I would hate if it was to go live and someone else were to be in it.
The live-action Star Wars TV series, in theory, takes place between The Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope and would hopefully bridge the gap between the two films. According to George Lucas, there are currently over 50 hours worth of scripts ready to go for the live-action Star Wars TV series, but at this point it would be too expensive to produce them for television. Lucas estimates each episode would cost $50 million to produce to get the look and feel of Star Wars “right.” He’s hopeful the price of technology will go down in the future and make the live-action TV series possible.