‘Star Wars: Underworld’ TV Show Might Be Too Adult?
You know, we've basically gotten the message at this point: the 'Star Wars' TV series isn't going to be happening any time soon. Regardless of how many scripts may have been written for 'Star Wars: Underworld,' there's a whole host of logistical and financial reasons preventing a live-action 'Star Wars' series from making it to air. Still, the latest explanation from producer Rick McCallum might be something of a blessing in disguise.
Adding further reasons down the line of why 'Star Wars: Underworld' won't make it to the airwaves anytime soon, producer Rick McCallum recently spoke with Den of Geek to elaborate on the difficulties of presenting 'Star Wars' in such a format. While McCallum still insists that at least fifty hours of the show have been scripted, and they'd prefer not to compromise on the cost of individual episodes on cable or network, the series itself just might be too "adult" for the franchise.
Explaining that Lucasfilm would have difficulty navigating the line between major networks sinking money into the series and exerting any creative influence as a result, McCallum said:
We could get around that. Our biggest problem is that these stories are adult. I mean…these are like 'Deadwood' in space. It so unlike anything you’ve ever associated with George before in relation to 'Star Wars.' These aren’t for kids. I mean, we hope they’ll watch, but it’s not being targeted at 8-to-9 year old boys.
The situation we have is that each episode – or if you put two hour long episodes together – is bigger than any film we’ve ever done. It’s on the 'Avatar' level and we’ll only have about $5-6 million we can spend on each episode.
McCallum also added that George Lucas' recent retirement from Lucasfilm wouldn't necessarily prevent him from working on the series, that instead Lucas would take a role akin to what he did with the TV series 'The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles,' hiring the right crew for the work, and keeping mostly to the editing bay if anything. In any case, the idea is still a long way off.
What say you? Do you think 'Star Wars: Underworld' will ever see the light of day, and if so, will be as dark as McCallum claims? Give us your wishlist for the show in the comments below!