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Last Updated: Wednesday March 15 2006 14:08 GMT

Star Wars show details confirmed

Darth Vader accompanied by stormtroopers
A top Star Wars producer has confirmed details of a new TV series based on the epic films.

Rick McCallum said the Star Wars team will soon meet, and filming should start in 2008. The series is likely to be ready later that year.

He said the series would explain a gap in time between episodes III and IV in the story, spanning a 20-year period when Luke Skywalker grows up.

Rick said if fans like the series there could be at least 100 episodes.

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The producer, who works very closely with George Lucas, said there would be "a whole bunch of new characters" and the series would be "much more dramatic and darker".

And he added that it was unlikely any of the stars of the movies would be involved in the TV series.

Space saga

The new TV show won't be the first small screen Star Wars spin-off though, as an animated series called Clone Wars has already been shown.

The final Star Wars film, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, was released in 2005 and marked the end of the space saga.



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