Lucasfilm Might Revisit Live-Action ‘Star Wars: Underworld’ TV Series
As much as TV folk like us dread being pulled into the galaxy’s worth of Star Wars coverage at every turn, still looming is the possibility of a live-action TV series to complement the films. George Lucas once upon a time sought to bring us a Star Wars: Underworld series as well, but might the new Lucasfilm bosses revisit the scripts the bearded one supposedly developed?
Take this one with an asteroid’s worth of salt, but in all the flurry of interviews surrounding Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the future of the franchise, SlashFilm spoke to Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy of a few since-discarded projects. Way back in 2005, Lucas himself had spoken of a live-action Star Wars: Underworld series set between the first two trilogies on Coruscant, one he’d boasted to have written dozens of scripts for.
Granted, little about that project ever materialized, at the time purporting to be too expensive for the technology available, but now Kennedy declines to outright dismiss the project, saying:
No, interestingly enough, thats an area we’ve spent a lot of time, reading through the material that he developed is something we very much would like to explore.
Kennedy also referred to the similarly-discarded 1313 video game set in the Star Wars universe, both projects many though buried with Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm, and subsequent development of new films. In that regard, Kennedy added:
Our attitude is, we don’t want to throw any of that stuff away. It’s gold. And it’s something we’re spending a lot of time looking at, pouring through, discussing, and we may very well develop those things further. We definitely want to.
Obviously, there’s a wide gulf between Kennedy’s admission, and the likelihood of seeing Star Wars as a live-action TV series anytime in the near future. There’s also debate to be had if TV branches dilute the brands established by film, as for all its ungodly box office, Star Wars isn’t immune to scrutiny just yet.
Still, would it be worth dusting off one of Lucas’ old projects as the basis for a TV series, or is Star Wars better off returning to the drawing board, absent Lucas entirely?
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