Footage from George Lucas’ Cancelled ‘Star Wars: Underworld’ TV Series Resurfaces Online. A long time ago, in a galaxy not so far away, George Lucas and Lucasfilm had been developing a new Star Wars series called, Star Wars: Underworld, meant to premiere on television sometime in the late 2000’s-early 2010’s. The series was shelved due to high production costs that would be necessary at the time, but the test footage and behind the scenes footage reveal the project had gone further than previously believed.
The series had been fully developed, even garnishing 50 completed scripts according to Lucas in a 2011 interview, but presumably never got to the filming stage due to the high cost of the series. “Right now, it looks like the Star Wars features. But we have to figure out a way to make it at about a tenth of the cost of the features, because it’s television,” Lucas shared in a previous interview on G4’s Attack of the Show.
It was previously believed the series never even made it to the filming stage, but test footage shows even a rather impressive level of CGI animation had been developed for the series before it was scraped. You can view the test footage and “making of” Star Wars: Underworld clips below:
The test footage is giving fans a “under-budgeted prequels” vibe and seems to speak for itself on why the project never fully took off. The timing of this resurfaced footage does leave some questions though. Now that more cinematically styled streaming and television is becoming massively popular, could Star Wars: Underworld be revived? Possibly as a new Star Wars series for Disney+? It does seem like a waste to have put so much effort into a series only to never see anything come to fruition.
Only time will tell if Lucasfilm and Stargate Studios will see Star Wars: Underworld get the budgeting it would require, or if the project will remain on the dusty shelves of Lucasfilm. Be sure to check back here at Chip and Co. for all things Star Wars!
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