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Could The 'Star Wars' Television Show Finally See the Light of Day?

By Genevieve Burgess | Star Wars | December 13, 2015 |

By Genevieve Burgess | Star Wars | December 13, 2015 |

A long time ago (2005) in a galaxy far far away (Indianapolis, Indiana) there was an announcement of an upcoming Star Wars TV series called Star Wars: Underworld. Rumor had it that the show was going to focus on the criminals of Coruscant, and as of 2010 allegedly had about 50 scripts finished from writers like Ronald D. Moore of Battlestar Galactica and Russell T. Davies of Doctor Who. But, alas, the planned look of the series was determined to be too expensive to make work in a television show and the project seemed to be abandoned altogether after George Lucas was unable to build Grady Ranch, a digital production facility to be located in Lucas Valley. Especially since the Disney version of Star Wars seems to be setting out with a mostly clean slate that only includes the previous six movies, and would take place during time periods that might have overlapped with the show.

Except that in an interview with Slashfilm, Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy said that the material developed for Star Wars: Underworld “is something we’d very much like to explore.” and “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, pouring through, discussing, and we may very well develop those things further. We definitely want to.”

So it’s not a firm commitment but at least it’s an acknowledgement of the material and the work that’s been done. And with the success of big budget fantasy series Game of Thrones might help swing things in favor of a fairly expensive television series with a built-in fan base.

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Genevieve Burgess is a Features Contributor for Pajiba. You can follow Genevieve Burgess on Twitter.