It’s well known that before George Lucas sold the Star Wars franchise to Disney, he and Star Wars producer Rick McCallum had been working on a live action TV series for years. At its closest to production, it was being called Star Wars: Underworld. It was set between Episodes III and IV (a bit like Rogue One) and some big-name telefantasy creators were writing and developing it (including Doctor Who’s Chris Chibnall, Life On Mars’s Matthew Graham and Battlestar Galactica’s Ron Moore). Sadly, it was never to be.
However, the idea of a live action Star Wars series may not be entirely moribund. According to Entertainment Weekly, ABC (the US TV network owned by Disney) is still investigating the idea of a small-screen spin-off.
“We have had conversations with [Lucasfilm] and will continue to have conversations with them,” ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey tells Entertainment Weekly. “I think it would be wonderful if we could find a way to extend that brand into our programming… It’s all a little bit hush-hush. That company exists under a big shroud of secrecy. If you feel Marvel’s secretive, [Lucasfilm] takes it to a whole other level … [Talks] are ongoing. We don’t have an official timeline yet.”
Thing is, it’s a bit of a no brainer surely? Of course the TV network owned by Disney is considering a show based on one of the biggest franchises owned by Disney. Whether it’ll ever get any further is the question. But presumably if a show did move forward it would have nothing to do with Star Wars: Underworld, despite the fact there are allegedly over 50 scripts already written. On the other hand, what a great script book that’ll eventually make when all the rights clearances are sorted out.