Test footage from George Lucas‘ unrealised live-action series reveals a different vision for the period between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope
Following the release of Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith, George Lucas set his sights on delivering the first-ever live-action Star Wars television series to the legions of fans around the world. The series titled Star Wars: Underworld was set on Coruscant between the events of Revenge Of The Sith and A New Hope and would have focused on the seedy criminal underworld of the Republic capital.
Sadly, the project eventually crumbled under the weight of its hefty budget which ballooned out of control due to its heavy usage of CGI effects, however, when it came time for Lucas to sell Lucasfilm to Disney, the project was still on the table with an option to go to series. The rest is history and eventually, the project was shelved paving the way for a new breed of live-action adventures in The Mandalorian, The Cassian Andor series and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Well, dust of your Stormtrooper armour because some incredible test footage from the project has emerged online and it gives us a tantalising taste of what might have been. Check it out:
Holy force!! Star Wars: Underworld looked absolutely incredible. The series is reported to have had over fifty scripts already lined up with up to 100 exciting episodes planned. The series was also expected to unveil the origins of the Millennium Falcon, as well as touching upon the theft of the original Death Star plans. Ironically, these events would ultimately be chronicled in Disney/Lucasfilm’s Solo: A Star Wars Story and Rogue One respectively.
Notwithstanding my love of The Mandalorian, I cannot help but feel a little disheartened that we were deprived of this series. The test footage speaks volumes to the ambition George Lucas had for the show and the length he was willing to go to realise his vision.
What do you guys think? Would you have loved to see this series come to fruition? Let us know in the comments section.
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