A long time ago, in 2005, George Lucas made an announcement, saying there was a Star Wars live action television series in the works, called Star Wars: Underworld.
Apparently, 50 episodes were eventually written as well as a TV movie-of-the-week, with at least one of those episodes being written by Ronald D. Moore, the man who rebirthed Battlestar Galactica and turned it into a critical and ratings success.
Various rumours circulated about the series – it would take place in the years between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, it would centre around Coruscant, a young Boba Fett would be the main character, it would deal primarily with the denizens lurking in the underworld of the galaxy’s capital… but nothing came of any of it, and eventually Star Wars: Rebels was released which began the exploration of the years between episodes III and IV.
Now, rumours are circulating again.
The Hollywood Reporter recently posted a feature on the possible new series, where Kathleen Kennedy, the caretaker of Star Wars, said that people at Disney had been reading the scripts, and that a lot of what was in there was “gold”.
This isn’t a guarantee there will be a new series, but it is almost certain Disney is considering it.
If you’d like to read the Hollywood Reporter article, it’s right here.
If a live action series were to get produced, it probably wouldn’t take place in the original setting – or at least the original time frame. Rebels is immensely popular, and is already playing in that part of the Star Wars universe. Of course, that doesn’t preclude a live action series for taking place during that time frame.
What would be more exciting, with the new trilogy kicking off in a couple of days, would be a series charting the rise of the Resistance and the period between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.
While it’s unlikely Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill would make guest appearances in the show, it would be exciting and interesting to watch the backstory for The Force Awakens unravel in episodic format.
Time will tell, and no doubt the earnings for The Force Awakens will influence any further developments in the Star Wars universe.