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Canceled Star Wars: Underworld

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By Robert T. Trate     June 12, 2014
Source: Collider.com


Episode VII arrives 12-18-15
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It seems as if today is going to be a Star Wars rumor day. Check out the Boba Fett one HERE. We also have one about a cameo by Simon Pegg HERE. The third rumor, or better yet report, comes from Collider. Adam Chitwood is reporting that the Star Wars: Underworld TV series has been cancelled. 

Now before we get into Chitwood’s report (read it HERE), let’s bring you up to speed on the this particular series. Star Wars: Underworld was to bridge the gap between Episode III and Episode IV. This era of Star Wars is now being taken care of by Dave Filoni and Simon Kinberg with Star Wars Rebels. Star Wars: Underworld supposedly had 50 scripts penned by writers like and including Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek: The Next Generation). The series would be set in the underbelly of the Star Wars universe. While I lived in Los Angeles there were always rumors circulating that the series was already being filmed in Northern California. Which I always found preposterous because no photos ever surfaced on the internet. Just look at Episode VII for a comparison. We have had maybe three official photos at this point, how many others have you seen? I even knew an actor/ stuntman/ sword smith who claimed he shot test footage of a lightsaber fight for the series. Yet, he had no proof to show me. 

Initially, George Lucas and producer Rick McCallum said the series was too expensive to bring to TV. It was constantly being put on hold. Now it is gone. Star Wars: Underworld, like Star Wars 1313 (video game) and Seth Green’s comedy Star Wars series, has been swept under the rug by Disney. Yet, where did all those scripts go? When will see the first season of Star Wars: Detours? Will Star Wars 1313 rise again? 

Back onto Chitwood’s report. Chitwood unearthed that (via /Film) that the series would have featured Han, Chewbacca, Lando, and Boba Fett. Now with the proposed Star Wars stand-alone features, where Han and Boba are both rumored to be featured, this series seems redundant. I would have loved to seen a Star Wars TV series in the vein of Farscape and Firefly. However, Star Wars Rebels, which will now have Billy Dee Williams reprise his role as Lando Calrissian will deliver a similar story. Who is to say that both Han and Boba will not appear on that series as well. 

Nothing has been confirmed or denied by Lucasfilm or Disney. Disney seems to have their heart set on the animated series and their 6 feature films. It would have been great to see Star Wars: Underworld. Then again, the prequels could have been better too. 

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ElBaz13 6/12/2014 10:19:14 AM

It's too bad but the idea of the Star Wars TV show was conceived prior to Disney buying Lucasfilm and annoucing the new episodes.

Once episodes 7-9 and the spinoff movies (at least 1 movie a year) were announced, I figured this one dead.

Filoni and crew can use some of the story ideas for Rebels.

BunyonSnipe 6/12/2014 11:26:44 AM

 One word... NETFLIX!

raynardmuldrake 6/12/2014 2:55:45 PM

Too expensive?? Both Disney and Lucasfilm have BILLIONS of dollars! Spend some of that on us Fans for once! GEEZE! Greedy bastards....even if it only lasts one season...at least its something after all these damn years.

BunyonSnipe 6/12/2014 3:11:03 PM

It was budgeted at 5 Million dollars an episode, the current crop of Netflix shows cost about 3 Million per episode, so it's not a great stretch and they could recoup that in a pretty short amount of time!

Timothy25 6/12/2014 3:54:58 PM

Marvel Comics got back the legal rights to Star Wars. Maybe there could be a Marvel series in between episodes 3 and 4.

SmokingFrog77 6/13/2014 4:20:40 AM

I was so pumped for that series, and I was sure that 1313 would be some kind of lead-in to it as well. Oh well, no surprises. I figured that when Rebels was announced it was probably the end of Underworld. It is sad, Dark Horse's Dark Times comics are set in this era and they are fantastic.

SmokingFrog77 6/13/2014 4:21:27 AM

That is awesome news about Lando being in Rebels though :)

kinetoscope 6/17/2014 3:55:18 AM

 Disappointing, this is

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