The massive success of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has had some not unexpected consequences, and not just the delay of the next film in the series by seven months.
TV Line reports that the long-gestating live-action hour-long drama TV series “Star Wars: Underworld,” developed by George Lucas himself, will not be seeing the light of day anytime soon despite murmurings of a potential resurrection last month.
Speaking with the outlet, ABC network president Paul Lee was asked if the Disney-owned ABC network might prove to be a home for a potential “Star Wars” series. Lee says Lucasfilm and Disney are “they arefocused on their movies so we don’t have any plans at the moment.” A Lucasfilm rep then told the site: “Our current focus for TV is on animation [Star Wars Rebels, etc.].”
Dubbed “Deadwood in space,” the “Star Wars: Underworld” was said to focus on two families and their battle for control for the universe’s seamy side between the eras of the prequel and classic trilogy. Around fifty scripts were reportedly written for the work, but it and other projects like the video game title “Star Wars 1313” went belly up when Disney purchased Lucasfilm.
J.J. Abrams who says he couldn’t be involved even if he wanted to: “Since my TV deal is at [Warner Bros.] it is unlikely that [my production company] Bad Robot will be involved in any Star Wars television projects.” they also contacted a source who says the decision not to do a live-action “Star Wars” series anytime soon is a smart brand management strategy: “They’re looking to avoid the Marvel-ization of the franchise” they say, referring to the many live-action series and films from that universe.