Friday 31 January 2020

Watch test footage from Star Wars: Underworld

A Star Wars live-action series had been in development long before Lucasfilm was acquired by Disney and The Mandalorian brought Baby Yoda to the masses on Disney+ last November.

Originally, a television series was planned to follow Star Wars (1977). However, the box office success of George Lucas' space opera saw that idea (rightly) shelved and one of the made-for-television sequels was Splinter of the Mind's Eye, written by Alan Dean Foster who ghost-wrote the original Star Wars novelisation.

Fast forward to Revenge of the Sith (2005). Lucas planned to follow the conclusion of the prequel trilogy with a live-action series entitled Star Wars: Underworld. Set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, Underworld was envisaged as spanning one hundred episodes and John Knoll's script was developed into Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. A tie-in video game, Star Wars: 1313, was also planned before LucasArts was shuttered.

Ultimately, the live-action series was mothballed once Disney took over Lucasfilm. However, fans can watch test footage from Underworld, which depicts Coruscant's underbelly in the style of Blade Runner or Cyberpunk 2077. Stargate Studios has worked on Doctor Who, The Walking Dead and The Orville.

What are your thoughts on Star Wars: Underworld? Let me know in the comments below.

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