Some new details regarding the now defunct live action Star Wars television series — Star Wars: Underworld — have been revealed…
In a recent article from website Star Wars Underworld, some new details about the long-lamented and now defunct Star Wars live action television series, Star Wars: Underworld, were revealed.
According to the site, from 2005 to 2012, Lucasfilm was diligently working on the live action Star Wars series, and even had two seasons worth of scripts written. However, once Disney acquired Lucasfilm, the entire project was put on an indefinite hold.
The series was reportedly also closely related to the also cancelled Star Wars video game, Star Wars 1313. The game was cancelled once Disney took over Lucasfilm, as well.
Because of its close ties to Star Wars 1313 , the developers of that game got to see those two seasons worth of scripts. Cory Barlog worked on Star Wars 1313, and is now the creative director on the wildly popular video game Gods of War.
In an interview with Venture Beat, Barlog talked about his time working on the video game, and in doing so, revealed some very interesting details about the series:
"“It was the most mind-blowing thing I’d ever experienced. I cared about the Emperor. They made the Emperor a sympathetic figure who was wronged by this f***ing heartless woman. She’s this hardcore gangster, and she just totally destroyed him as a person. I almost cried while reading this. This is the Emperor, the lightning out of the fingers Emperor. That’s something magical. The writers who worked on that, guys from The Shield and 24, these were excellent writers.”"
So there you have it, Star Wars: Underworld was going to explore a love-spurned Emperor Palpatine. And, it was written so well that the people who read the scripts actually felt empathy for Palpatine.
This wasn’t the only interesting bits explored by the live action series, as SWU points out that the series would have featured moments like Lando Calrissian losing the Millennium Falcon to Han Solo, the first ever meeting of Han and Chewbacca, and various action scenes featuring bounty hunter Boba Fett.
Hopefully Kathleen Kennedy will re-open the idea of a live action Star Wars series, especially now that Netflix has an exclusive deal with Disney. With Marvel (another Disney entity) already well established on Netflix, the framework is already there.