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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”).