Star Wars producer Rick McCallum was interviewed about upcoming George Lucas projects by Sci Fi Wire at Tuesday's Saturn Awards. He said about the highly anticipated Star Wars live-action television series "George is starting to start the basic concept of it. ... We're interviewing writers. We're seeing a lot of people. But I'd say it's not going to be happening for another at least 18 months."
He denied rumors that the show would focus on members of the Skywalker family, however it will take place in the timeframe between Episode III and IV with all new characters and said "That missing 20-year period when Luke is growing up. ... Think bounty hunter. There's nobody else that you'll know [in it]. At the moment. You know, it's still [in] really really early stages."
McCallum says that 3-D theatrical versions of the Star Wars movies are still in development. "It's just a question of how many theaters will be out there. Hopefully, by the end of this year there will be about 1,500 [3-D] theaters. We need about two or three thousand before it makes it, you know, viable for any of us to go out in 3-D. But that looks like it will happen sometime in the year 2007..."
He added that George Lucas is currently working on new episodes of Clone Wars animated shorts, however those will not be aired for "probably" another year.