Long before there was the Mandalorian, there was another show exploring the seedy underbelly of the Star Wars galaxy. As it stands, that show was called Underworld but was subsequently cancelled before it could even air. It’s a shame, really! It would have been interested to see George Lucas collaborating with other creative talents to deliver a show set in the Star Wars galaxy.
Lucas’ contribution and passion for the series cannot be understated even when some of his creations weren’t universally beloved. To his credit, the prequels have recently seen a surge in their reputation. Whether it’s because people are finally realizing that Lucas had an ambitious idea but flawed execution. Or because the sequels were so bad that the people are realizing that there was indeed merit in Lucas’ works.
Underworld Sounded Spectacular
It’s a shame that the project was ultimately cancelled after Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm. From the sounds of it, the scripts seemed really ambitious. Lucas reportedly insisted that the scripts be written with little in the way of budget constraints in mind.
Writer-director Roger Moore said that it was an extraordinary task for someone to do. He added that he didn’t know anyone else who could take it on. At the time, Lucas just told them to write the scripts as big as you want, and we’ll figure it out the budget part later. So, it turns out that they were given all the creative freedom.
Moore said that they were all experienced television and feature writers, so they were familiar with what was theoretically possible on a production budget. But Moore just took Lucas at his word just to make it crazy and big with a script that involved lots of action, lots of sets, and huge set pieces.
What we wouldn’t have given to see Lucas’ vision fully realized!