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‘Star Wars: Underworld’ Live-Action TV Series Won’t Happen Anytime Soon

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If you’ve been holding onto hope that the fabled “Star Wars: Underworld” live-action series might actually be headed to television, we may have some bad news for you.

Despite suggests that the project, which was said to focus on the seedy underbelly of the “Star Wars” universe, might find a home at ABC or, more recently, Netflix, TVLine reports it’s simply not in the cards — for now, at least.

ABC President Paul Lee told the website that because Disney and Lucasfilm’s live-action focus remains on the big screen, his network doesn’t “have any plans at the moment.” An anonymous Lucasfilm representative added, “Our current focus for TV is on animation.”

Of course, that doesn’t mean a live-action “Star Wars” project will never happen; TVLine notes recent rumors about negotiations between Netflix and Disney for just such a series.

Spearheaded by longtime George Lucas collaborator Rick McCallum, “Underworld” was to be set primarily in the underworld of Coruscant between the events of “Revenge of the Sith” and “A New Hope.” However, the series was shelved in 2010 because it was determined to be too expensive to produce (reportedly in the neighborhood of $5 million per episode, on par with HBO’s “Game of Thrones”).

 

Comments

  • red vector

    Elements of SW: Underworld will no doubt be used in the new trilogy or the ancillary anthology films. So I think this is a good thing. I doubt a live action SW tv series will happen it would be too expensive to make.

  • jrau18

    If it costs the same as Game of Thrones, a show that was clearly already made, it actually isn’t to expensive.

  • Drace90

    We live in the golden era of television. A “too expensive” doesn’t exist anymore. Do you know how much theactors make for just one episode of “The Big Bang Theory”? A SITCOM!

  • The Fox

    When rouge one and han solo are released then i see this happening

  • NoirSonRX

    The cost in terms of special effects as well as the fact to keep the show running they would use material that could be used for films or games is probably where the issue with this being made lies. You can get away with minor stuff like Star Wars Rebels but given how much the Force Awakens has done, I doubt Disney wants this cash cow to dry out too quickly from over exposure.

  • NoirSonRX

    The cost in terms of special effects as well as the fact to keep the show running they would use material that could be used for films or games is probably where the issue with this being made lies. You can get away with minor stuff like Star Wars Rebels but given how much the Force Awakens has done, I doubt Disney wants this cash cow to dry out too quickly from over exposure.