A long time ago, following the release of “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge Of The Sith,” and before Lucasfilm was sold to Disney, George Lucas was busy making more plans for “Star Wars,” and they were pretty bold. Titled “Star Wars: Underworld,” the stories would’ve bridged the gap between the movie prequels and the original trilogy, and writers were hired including Ronald D. Moore (“Battlestar Galactica“) and Louise Fox (“Camelot“). Four hundred episodes were planned, and apparently between fifty and one hundred scripts had been completed. But then Disney came knocking, and the show was effectively kiboshed. However, it seems that material is just too good to let slide completely.
Slashfilm recently caught up with Kathleen Kennedy and inquired about Lucas’ TV show, and the producer revealed the company was looking at what they had in the archives. And that’s not all. Perhaps the biggest loss for fans in recent memory is the cancellation of the videogame “Star Wars 1313,” which would’ve revolved around Boba Fett, but Kennedy adds the work done on that is too good to sit on a shelf.
“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,” she said of the Lucas series, adding: “[The concept art for ‘Star Wars 1313’ is] unbelievable. 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.”
That Lucasfilm is looking at extending the “Star Wars” brand to television and videogames makes complete sense, and in the case of the former, a lot of work had been done. Last year, writer Stephen Scaia revealed that the series would’ve detailed, among other things, “how Han met Chewie” and how “Lando lost the Millennium Falcon.” Those are the kind of blanks I prefer to leave to imagination, but for a company looking to expand the universe of “Star Wars,” this is probably some serious treasure. And while those well know characters reportedly would’ve been central to the show, new characters would’ve been introduced too.
If anything, Kennedy and co. have proven so far to been thoughtful in terms of how they’re choosing to take “Star Wars” forward, so it’ll be interesting to see what they do with this kind of unfinished material. But bear in mind, they had looked at Lucas’ plans for the upcoming sequels and said, “Nah, pass….”