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Star Wars 'Underworld' & '1313' Concepts Could Still Be Developed

Written by sdsichero on Thursday, December 10 2015 and posted in News with Benefits

Star Wars 'Underworld' & '1313' Concepts Could Still Be Developed

Projects thought frozen in carbonite are being looked at

Source: Lucasfilm Still Looking At George Lucas’ Live Action Star Wars TV Show And Star Wars 1313

During 2005's Star Wars Celebration III, Star Wars creator George Lucas announced that he was working on a live-action television series, later revealed with the working title Star Wars: Underworld by producer Rick McCallum in 2012. The production of the series seemed to wax and wane, but went as far as getting a writing team and at least 50 stories were written for the proposed 1 hour episodes, with 100 stories planned. The stories themselves were based in the time period between Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and set mostly in the Coruscant underworld, the main characters from the movies wouldn't be the focus, but may have eventually shown up. The series was put on hold in 2010 and after 2012's Disney buyout of Lucasfilm, ABC president Paul Lee said that the show's production was being reevaluated.

Star Wars: 1313 was a videogame being developed by LucasArts that followed bounty hunter Boba Fett to the seedy depths of Coruscant, Level 1313. The game was revealed at the 2012's E3 conference and was planned to be a mature rated game and originally had ties to the Star Wars: Underworld television series. Shortly after Disney bought out Lucasfilm, LucasArts shuttered its doors, and when Disney designated Electronic Arts to be the main driver of Star Wars videogames, 1313's fate was sealed.

So it seemed those two properties were dead. However, they may not be completely dead. /Film's Peter Sciretta interviewed Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy during the Star Wars: The Force Awakens press junket and the topic of these two projects came up. Sciretta asked Kennedy about the Underworld scripts and if they were just boxed up like the Ark of the Covenant or worse, gone. Kennedy replied:

"No. No, interestingly enough, thats 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. And there was 1313 the game, where there was…."


At that point Sciretta mentioned how amazing the concept art for that game was, to which Kennedy responded:

"Unbelievable. So 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."


So there's a chance? It's unlikely that either project would arise in the same shape as when they went into storage. Still, some of the concepts may end up in one of the Star Wars Stories, eg. the Han Solo film or rumored Boba Fett film. Star Wars tends not to waste product created in the past, for example you can see concept Ralph McQuarrie designs being used in the animated series and movies. Level 1313, was also referenced in the fifth season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series episode "To Catch a Jedi".

Would you like to see more of the underworld or concepts from 1313 in Star Wars? Let us know!

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