Star Wars TV Show is Not Dead, Lucasfilm President Says

"We may very well develop those things further."

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Back when George Lucas was still in charge of Lucasfilm, plans were being developed for a Star Wars TV show that would bridge the gap between the prequels and the original trilogy. When Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012 and announced their intention to make more films, the show was presumed dead. Now Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has revealed that this might not be the case.

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Slashfilm spoke to Kennedy at a recent Star Wars: The Force Awakens press event, where the executive was asked if the TV show was no longer an active project.

"No, interestingly enough, that's 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," she revealed.

Kennedy also suggested that the video game Star Wars 1313, which was also being developed at Lucasfilm when the company was bought, could still happen as well.

"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, pouring through, discussing, and we may very well develop those things further. We definitely want to."

The TV show had a working title of Star Wars: Underworld, and reportedly 50 episodes have been written. At the time, producer Rick McCallum described HBO's acclaimed western Deadwood as a major influence, and said that it would be a "complex, dark, and adult" show.

In an interview with Total Film magazine in 2008, Lucas provided more details. "It's kind of like Episode IV," he said "It's funny and there's action, but it's [a] lot more talky. It's more of what I would call a soap opera with a bunch of personal dramas in it.

"It's not really based on action-adventure films from the '30s--it's actually more based on film noir movies from the '40s."


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"we don't want to throw any of that stuff away" she said. Unlike the entire EU. May as well toss all that out.

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@jedicommand7: **** Disney, Dash Rendar's Outrider ship is still in the expanded New Hope.

That's right, My shitty little N64 platformer is STILL canon, I don't care.

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Hopefully these senile producers change their senile minds and focus on the future of the series rather than the fucking past.

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There IS a show that bridges the gap. It's called Rebels.

I realize they are specifically talking about a live action series, but this is poor reporting when the first paragraph reveals misleading information.

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Man... Just let it lie

Just because Marvel and DC pull this BS doesn't mean Star Wars needs to, Keep milking this shit and nobody will care in three years.

No offence to anybody who enjoys Netflix Superhero dramas, That's your deal.

Just keep it away from my Jedi.

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If they gave it the Agents of SHIELD treatment this could turn out to be a good show.

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@Darth_Aloysius: Oh god, please no. Just not Agents of SHIELD.

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"and said that it would be a "complex, dark, and adult" show."

I think that can work if it is adult in complexity and depth...not a orgy laden bloodbath.

If I see bewbs and schwantz ala Game of Thrones in Star Wars its going to retroactively shatter my childhood.

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I doubt we'll get something dark, but Star Wars is more of a "fun characters" franchise. That's what people expect from it. A weekly "fun" show would do better.

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@Barighm: Empire Strikes Back and Revenge of the Sith were both extremely dark. That's 33% of the franchise so far.

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@Barighm: We've already got that with Rebels.

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I hope it happens but it better hadn't be for children. We need a show that opens this up to adults again and doesn't pander to its most likely denominator/demographic. I'd like to see the the dirty corners of the Star Wars universe with the depth of recent dramas such as The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones. Star Wars has the power in name alone to do this so make it happen!

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@gotrekfabian: We're talking about Disney here. Family friendly entertainment is their POLICY, not just something they happen to do.

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@Barighm: You think I don't know this?

The point is that the original audience for these films are now in their forties and they should try to appeal to them in order to gain a viewing faithful rather than young teens who won't be that fussed on something that aspires to goodness and romance like Disney is famed for producing.

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@gotrekfabian: TBH, every SW movie so far was aimed at teens at best with its story-telling, and not for adults.

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@gns: More so with episodes 1-3, yes. That doesn't mean that it has to remain that way though.

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@gotrekfabian: 100% agree. A good way to introduce this would be a stand alone Sith origin film or something like that o.o!

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@lnception: That would be great. I have read many non canon novels and the stories give so much more breadth to the universe via The Dark Side. The movies just can't convey that as they are only interested in showing the 'good guys'. A film or a TV series which could show both sides of The Force would be awesome.

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Teedee Jedi! Ya koon tacha poonoo nee sah, gee.

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@lnception: My powers WILL work on you Jabba!

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