Writing years, days of shooting, pages of dialogue hit common number

SYDNEY — For “Star Wars” guru George Lucas and producer Rick McCallum, 2-1/2 seems to be their lucky number.

McCallum told a filmmaker gathering in Sydney last week that after an “incredibly painful” 2-1/2 years of writing, Lucas only nailed the script for the second prequel just 2-1/2 days before shooting commenced in Sydney nearly 2-1/2 months ago.

But, the producer said, shooting in Sydney, which was about 30% cheaper than the London-based shoot for its predecessor “The Phantom Menace,” progressed at the rapid rate of about — you guessed it — 2-1/2 pages of dialogue a day.

The production will soon move to Italy and Tunisia.

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