Remember there was talk about a live-action Star Wars TV series? Guess what -- there still is.
Slashfilm had a chance to speak with Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy last weekend at the Star Wars: The Force Awakens press junket, where Kennedy revealed that the company is still exploring and developing two projects that were in the works before George Lucas sold his empire to Disney: the live-action Star Wars: Underworld TV series and the Star Wars 1313 video game.
Lucasfilm first announced Star Wars: Underworld at Celebration III in 2005, with the show supposedly taking place in the criminal underworld of the planet Coruscant in the years between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. According to reports, Lucas wanted the show -- which was supposed to be grittier, darker and more film noir than space opera -- to last for some 400 (!) episodes and had already developed scripts for anywhere from 50 to 100 of them.
He also intended to film the show at newly expanded studio facilities in Marin County, where he already has Skywalker Ranch, but disputes with his neighbors over the development of the property dragged that to a halt. Then he sold the company to Disney and the rest is history -- but what happened to Underworld? Did those 100 reported scripts just vanish? Kennedy says no:
"No, interestingly enough, thats an area we’ve spent a lot of time, reading through the material that he developed is something we very much would like to explore."
Kennedy herself then brought up the video game, which like Underworld was announced before the Disney sale and seemed to disappear from view just after it went through, with only some concept art and a demo clip to show for itself. Like the proposed TV series, 1313 was set in the Coruscant underworld and featured a bounty hunter (possibly Boba Fett) battling his way through the city's lowest level. Kennedy said that's not exactly a dead issue either:
"Our attitude is, we don’t want to throw any of that stuff away. It’s gold. And it’s something we’re spending a lot of time looking at, poring through, discussing, and we may very well develop those things further. We definitely want to."
Once Disney purchased Lucasfilm, it actually shut down LucasArts, the division that developed video games, and began licensing the brand out to other game publishers. It also let the 1313 trademark lapse a couple of years ago, so whether that title could be resurrected or re-purposed as another game remains to be seen.
We know one thing: Disney plans to wring as much cash and value out of Star Wars as it possibly can, so it makes sense that even previously abandoned concepts could find a new lease on life somehow. Are these two properties things you'd like to see from Lucasfilm going forward?