Even before Disney became Disney property, George Luke was developing Star Wars series that should finally see the light.
Following the success of other ‘Star Wars’ series on Disney+, George Lucas’ original vision of the series, set in a galaxy far, far away, can finally become reality. A few days before Disney acquired Lucasfilm, the director tried to bring Star Wars: Another World to life, a hard-hitting series that would serve as a major departure from the original trilogies and prequels and their focus on Skywalkers. While it was sadly never implemented and would have inspired other Star Wars projects, it’s time to revive the project.
Set on Coruscant, Underworld is said to explore the seedy underside of the planet city between “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” and “A New Hope”. Lucas spent many hours on “Star Wars: Another World” with various writers, hoping to create a series of unprecedented levels for 2005 (long before the dawn of the streaming era). However, the project was eventually shelved due to budget constraints and a potential purchase by Disney in 2012.
Now, however, is the perfect time for “Star Wars: Another World” to finally become a reality thanks to the rise of the streaming era and Disney+. Shows like The Mandalorian not only proved the success of the Star Wars show, but also showed the value of stories not directly related to the Skywalker saga. In addition, new technologies have emerged to solve existing budgetary problems. Here’s what’s known about Lucas’ original plans for Star Wars: Another World, how elements of the series appeared in other projects, and the likelihood of the unfinished Star Wars project ever becoming a reality in the Disney era.
Star Wars Underworld: Lucas’s Scheduled Show and Why It Didn’t Happen
According to reports and updates provided by Lucas himself from 2005 to 2010, Star Wars: Another World would become Lucasfilm’s next big project after completing the prequel trilogy with Revenge of the Sith. It was developed together with the animated series “Clone Wars”, which successfully aired on Cartoon Network in 2009 after the release of the feature film in 2008. The action of the “Other World”, which takes place during the rise of the empire, had to be showing the darkness of Coruscant and its lower levels. levels where crime and lawlessness raged, despite the world becoming known as the imperial center. The series would also be linked to a similarly scrapped video game Star Wars: 1313, which was in development, where players would have to take on the role of a bounty hunter operating on the 1313 Coruscant level.
Originally planning to write 25 42-minute episode scripts, Lucas apparently enjoyed the process so much that the writing team ended up having about 50 scripts at various stages of development. While Lucas encouraged writers to think big since budget wasn’t an issue, it seems budget issues were a major reason “Another World” was delayed. As Lucas said in an interview (via MovieWeb):
“Right now it (The Other World) looks like a Star Wars feature. But we need to figure out how to do it for about a tenth the cost of the features, because this is television. We are working on it, and we will continue to work on it. We’ll find out at some point. It’s just a very complicated process.”
It seemed that each episode would cost almost as much as a full-length film. So Lucas eventually dropped the series in 2010 due to budget issues, citing that he and Lucasfilm were just waiting for the technology to catch up so they could produce episodes for a fraction of the cost. However, in 2012, Disney bought Lucasfilm, indefinitely delaying the series’ release. At the same time, test footage from Stargate Studios leaked to 202o, where stormtroopers hunted a rebel agent in the bowels of Coruscant, rekindling fan interest in Lucas’ unfinished project.
Disney Star Wars already contains elements of the underworld
While Disney didn’t go ahead with “The Other World,” his legacy can be seen in the various movies and TV series they’ve released. The canceled game 1313, intended as an add-on to Underworld, became an inspiration for the Clone Wars episodes, in which Ahsoka Tano visited level 1313 in the series’ final season. In addition, elements of both “Rogue One” and “Solo: Star Wars. Forest Whitaker’s character Dus Guerrera, who has appeared in several projects, was also originally supposed to be an Underworld character.