Back in 2012, before Lucasfilm was taken over by The Empire Disney, there were two very exciting projects in the works, Star Wars: Underworld, a TV series, and Star Wars: 1313, a video game. After the mouse took over control of Lucasfilm, all projects were stopped or canceled. Or so we thought. In a recent interview, Kathleen Kennedy, Lucasfilm president, said that those two projects were something they were “spending a lot of time looking at, pouring through, (and) discussing” . This news is a very exciting for those of us who were already looking forward to the new Star Wars installments.
At a press event, Kennedy told /film:
“Interestingly enough, that’s 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, wherethere was…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 we’d develop those things further. We definitely want to.”
Star Wars: Underworld is a series that George Lucas was working on for several years, writing 100 scripts for the series. Underworld would be set on Coruscant and between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. According to Rick McCallum, Lucasfilm producer, the series would be “like the Godfather; it’s the Empire slowly building up its power base around the galaxy, what happens in Coruscant…and it’s group of underground bosses who live there and control drugs, prostitution.”
Obviously the show would be a much darker take on the galaxy far, far away. Another dark take on that galaxy was expected to be seen in Star Wars: 1313. 1313 was set to let players take control of a bounty hunter in an underworld city of Level 1313. Here is the official description
As players take control of a lethal bounty hunter in a never-before-seen dark and mature world,Star Wars 1313 introduces an integrated development approach by bringing together great artists across the Lucasfilm organization, including LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, Lucasfilm Animation Ltd. andSkywalker Sound. A third person cinematic action adventure game, Star Wars 1313 will bring to life theCoruscant underworld, the most dangerous place in the Star Wars™ galaxy.
Named for Level 1313, a ruthless criminal underground deep below the surface of the planet ofCoruscant, the game puts players in control of a deadly bounty hunter as he uses an arsenal of exoticweaponry to hunt down his marks and uncover the truth surrounding a criminal conspiracy. Star Wars 1313 emphasizes epic set pieces and fast-paced combat with a hero who uses human skills and gadgets, rather than supernatural Force powers, to make his way through this dangerous world.
While it is a little sigh of relief to hear that both projects are still being talked about and are not dead, there are no guarantees that either will actually get made. Hopefully though, we will get two unique looks into the underbelly of the Star Wars universe in the near future.