Star Wars: Underworld (and why we won’t see it any time soon)

I had written about the Star Wars TV series project way back in 2008 (how young we all were back then) and its probable use of Boba Fett (see here). Lucas has stated that the program would explore a seedier, darker side of the Star Wars universe as the Empire extends its reach. Fans were anxious for more… but nothing ever really materialized.

Now, we have a working title from Rick McCallum and… not much else.

Via IGN and ComingSoon:

The bad news for fans eagerly anticipating the live action “Star Wars” series is that not much has changed since word broke last June that the massive production is currently on hold, awaiting costs to drop to a point that will make the FX-heavy undertaking financially feasible. Producer Rick McCallum is hoping that won’t be too far off, however, and today told IGN that the show even has a working title: “Star Wars: Underworld.”
“It’s underneath what’s going on,” he reiterated about the series’ focus, “It’s the criminals and the gangs. The guys who are running Wall Street, basically. The guys who are running the United States.”

Even if the series is a few more years away, McCallum says there’s no risk in the scripts become dating and that the delay can only make the show stronger.

“They’re timeless,” he explains. “They take place between Episode III and Episode IV. That 20 year period when Luke is growing up. It’s not about Luke, but it’s about that period when the Empire is trying to take things [over].”

Rick McCallum Interview clip