We’re currently on the cusp of a new era in the Star Wars franchise, and the next untold number of years will be full of new intergalactic adventures in just about every medium. But an embarrassment of future riches doesn’t guarantee that people will stop lamenting the sidelined concepts of the past. Luckily, Lucasfilm is also interested in reaching back into its history to develop upcoming projects, and current head Kathleen Kennedy has put a spark back into George Lucas’ proposed live-action TV series Star Wars: Underworld, which isn’t quite as dead as we’d feared.
Kennedy is pretty much living Star Wars at this point, with The Force Awakens hitting theaters later this month, and she was asked by SlashFilm if Lucas’ scripts for the show – which reportedly reached around 100 – were gone. She said this:
No. No, interestingly enough, that’s 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. And there was 1313 the game…So 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.
Now, I’m fully aware that those words could possibly be seen as blowing smoke up a Jedi’s robe, but she could have delivered a much more subdued answer when asked about Star Wars: Underworld. She could have said, “Oh, that old thing?” and cackled while dropping lit firecrackers at her feet.
It’s not hard to believe that the upcoming Star Wars takeover would put the even deepest recesses of George Lucas’ imagination on the table to be disected. Regardless of what you the reader thinks of Lucas’ time within that universe, it was his home for a long time, and a stockpile of scripts by him and other writers seems like the kind of thing that should come wrapped in a variety of licensed bows. He first announced Star Wars: Underworld in 2005, and it’s so this would obviously need a fresh pair of eyes, and presumably many of them.
Star Wars: Underworld would have bridged some of the gaps between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope, which is always prime timeline for a new project. There has been talk of a live-action series for the past few years, with Netflix being thrown into the rumor mill as far as where the Star Wars franchise’s next small screen efforts would happen. I know there’s no confirmation happening here, but it still broadens my curiousity to see just what of Lucas & Co.’s past efforts will get dusted up and rethought.
Star Wars: Underworld should be one of those. As well as Star Wars 1313. And other things that fans should get a say in.