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Live-action TV series gets a title

10 January 2012  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: IGN

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Prepare For Star Wars: Underworld

It's been rumoured and developed and teased for years, and it's not any nearer actually going into production. But producer Rick McCallum has just confirmed to IGN that the live-action Star Wars TV series is still a going concern, and he even revealed the title. It's Star Wars: Underworld.

Now, that doesn't mean a crossover with the goth-vampire franchise, in which Kate Beckinsale squeezes into her PVC catsuit to join the Rebellion (as awesome as that might be). What it means is crime syndicates and gangsters... and maybe bounty hunters.

"The scripts take place between episodes III and IV," says McCallum. "It's that twenty-year period when Luke is growing up. It's not about Luke, but it's about that period when the Empire is really trying to take things forward. It's called Underworld - that's the working title - and it's underneath what's going on: the criminals and the gangs that are running everything. It's like Wall Street, and the criminals that are running the United States!"

Don't hold your breath though, since the budgetary concerns that have been holding things up for years, are still the main hymn on the song sheet.

"The prequels only cost $100m each, which in Hollywood is nothing," McCallum claims, "but this is really tough, because we're trying to put the same effects and technology from those two-hour films, into one-hour episodes, and do it every week for $5m an episode.

"We have fifty unbelievable scripts. Each episode is bigger than any of the prequels were, and they're complex and dark and adult. But right now, technologically, there's no way we can do them for that $5m: there's so much digital animation, because we have so many digital characters. So I think the idea is just that we hold off, wait and see if there are any major breakthroughs in the next year or two, and once we can come up with some virtual set software that allows us to travel anywhere, we'll revisit. We'll get there. I just hope I live long enough!"


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George Lucas retirement
i guess this project is scrapped due to Lucas' resignation from the beez? anyways, would be great to make it dark and gritty in the underworlds of Nar Shadaa and courosant, in sort of a firefly meets bladerunner meets star wars setting, with visits to planets such as tattoine, hutta and other outer rim planets with criminal cultures and conflicts with the black sun More

Posted by Krissed at 10:11 on 24 January 2012 | Report This Post

SW originals
If Mr Lucas looked at the originals, and saw what worked in the first place then I think he could get close to the target. If not, well… we could be waiting a long time, to go to a galaxy far, far away… and even then, it might not be worth it! More

Posted by oo0 Jmsmovies 0oo at 19:52 on 13 January 2012 | Report This Post

Learn to do effects on a budget perhaps?
If only they would swallow thier pride and do those effects on a proper budget, Doctor Who manages it and they have mocap cgi monsters (the Werewolf in tooth and claw for example) mixed in with convincingly realistic monsters like the Dalrks or Cybermen that are basically men inside suits or large things with wheels. Most TV scifi shows manage decent effects these days and if they look overseas for their inspiration they can easilly find hundreds of convincing looking aliens that aren't obviousl More

Posted by oll at 19:45 on 13 January 2012 | Report This Post

Learn to do effects on a budget perhaps?
If only they would swallow thier pride and do those effects on a proper budget, Doctor Who manages it and they have mocap cgi monsters (the Werewolf in tooth and claw for example) mixed in with convincingly realistic monsters like the Dalrks or Cybermen that are basically men inside suits or large things with wheels. Most TV scifi shows manage decent effects these days and if they look overseas for their inspiration they can easilly find hundreds of convincing looking aliens that aren't obviousl More

Posted by oll at 19:45 on 13 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Underworld ...WORKING TITLE
Maybe if they don't get the money for all the cgi, they`ll be forced to tone it down, and it'll turn out half decent. Which is pretty much what happened with the originals, I suspect. More

Posted by Sotto Voce at 17:37 on 12 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Underworld ...WORKING TITLE
Sorry, I meant to type over half a billion. Clearly, six films grossing 100 million profit is 600 million dollars (500 million is half a billion). I've no idea if the 3D releases will make much profit - from what I understand, the cinema chains take around 50 pecent of the box office gross - but I'm assuming Lucas is hoping they make enough money to help make a new tv show financially viable. More

Posted by dreddhead123 at 13:02 on 12 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: dreddhead123 In theory, if each 3D film made 100 million dollars worldwide profit - that's over a billion dollars for Lucas Film. rrr, is it? More

Posted by Osric at 18:24 on 11 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE:
McCallum conveniently forgets about the potential revenue from the worldwide box office gross when the original films are re-released in 3D. Assuming all six films make decent bucks, that would fund the new tv show. McCallum knows this so he's being a tad disingenuous when he says about waiting for the technology and cost to make the show viable. In theory, if each 3D film made 100 million dollars worldwide profit - that's over a billion dollars for Lucas Film to invest in a new live action tv More

Posted by dreddhead123 at 16:25 on 11 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Prepare For Star Wars: Underworld
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RE: Prepare For Star Wars: Underworld
Sorry, problem posting. Please ignore this. More

Posted by dreddhead123 at 16:25 on 11 January 2012 | Report This Post

Get Joss Whedon on board - firefly the force out of it! He filmed the first few episodes on a ridiulous budget - Did you know (and you probably did because you're reading the Emipre Online comments section) that the soldier uniforms in the train job episode were re-used from the Starship Troops movie? I think Joss would have great fun with Star Wars! More

Posted by jamieross00 at 15:22 on 11 January 2012 | Report This Post

Get Joss Whedon on board - firefly the force out of it! He filmed the first few episodes on a ridiulous budget - Did you know (and you probably did because you're reading the Emipre Online comments section) that the soldier uniforms in the train job episode were re-used from the Starship Troops movie? I think Joss would have great fun with Star Wars! More

Posted by jamieross00 at 15:21 on 11 January 2012 | Report This Post

Get Joss Whedon on board - firefly the force out of it! He filmed the first few episodes on a ridiulous budget - Did you know (and you probably did because you're reading the Emipre Online comments section) that the soldier uniforms in the train job episode were re-used from the Starship Troops movie? I think Joss would have great fun with Star Wars! More

Posted by jamieross00 at 15:21 on 11 January 2012 | Report This Post

Get Joss Whedon on board - firefly the force out of it! He filmed the first few episodes on a ridiulous budget - Did you know (and you probably did because you're reading the Emipre Online comments section) that the soldier uniforms in the train job episode were re-used from the Starship Troops movie? I think Joss would have great fun with Star Wars! More

Posted by jamieross00 at 15:21 on 11 January 2012 | Report This Post

My solution
Been following this story for awhile. Obviously if Lucas only produces, it might have a shot at being something special. Not buying the crap about it being too expensive. I know there are hundreds of thousands of us out there who are waiting for the unmolested original trilogy to be released on Blue-ray, and would be more than happy to plop down the cash for it. Use those proceeds to kick start the series! As for the too much cgi comments? It's all about how it's used by the filmmaker (i.e. Cam More

Posted by Uncle JJ at 13:34 on 11 January 2012 | Report This Post

My solution
Been following this story for awhile. Obviously if Lucas only produces, it might have a shot at being something special. Not buying the crap about it being too expensive. I know there are hundreds of thousands of us out there who are waiting for the unmolested original trilogy to be released on Blue-ray, and would be more than happy to plop down the cash for it. Use those proceeds to kick start the series! As for the too much cgi comments? It's all about how it's used by the filmmaker (i.e. Cam More

Posted by Uncle JJ at 13:34 on 11 January 2012 | Report This Post

My solution
Been following this story for awhile. Obviously if Lucas only produces, it might have a shot at being something special. Not buying the crap about it being too expensive. I know there are hundreds of thousands of us out there who are waiting for the unmolested original trilogy to be released on Blue-ray, and would be more than happy to plop down the cash for it. Use those proceeds to kick start the series! As for the too much cgi comments? It's all about how it's used by the filmmaker (i.e. Cam More

Posted by Uncle JJ at 13:33 on 11 January 2012 | Report This Post

My solution
Been following this story for awhile. Obviously if Lucas only produces, it might have a shot at being something special. Not buying the crap about it being too expensive. I know there are hundreds of thousands of us out there who are waiting for the unmolested original trilogy to be released on Blue-ray, and would be more than happy to plop down the cash for it. Use those proceeds to kick start the series! As for the too much cgi comments? It's all about how it's used by the filmmaker (i.e. Cam More

Posted by Uncle JJ at 13:33 on 11 January 2012 | Report This Post

forget digital
how about,going easy on the digital characters.i find that too many digital characters and effects can spoil it. More

Posted by alonsomosley at 10:17 on 11 January 2012 | Report This Post

The moaners are out lol!
I thought news of this would bring out the cynical CGI haters lol! Well I'll be watching it just to spite them! And while we're on the subject I actually thought Revenge of the Sith had very good CGI and was a very good addition to the francise! More

Posted by dannyfletch at 22:25 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

3 more decades?
George Lucas is in his seventies, meaning that we only realistically have a maximum of thirty years remaining* of the man who brought us (and then destroyed) Star Wars, before 20th Century Fox inevitably reboots the entire franchise. Yay... with lashings of sarcasm. *although I wouldn't put it past him to spend his fortune on having his body cryogenically frozen so as to unleash disappointment on a whole new future generation. More

Posted by marcus_fuller at 22:02 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

3 more decades?
George Lucas is in his seventies, meaning that we only realistically have a maximum of thirty years remaining* of the man who brought us (and then bastardised) Star Wars, before 20th Century Fox inevitably reboots the entire franchise. Yay... with lashings of sarcasm. *although I wouldn't put it past him to spend his fortune on having his body cryogenically frozen so as to unleash disappointment on a whole new future generation. More

Posted by marcus_fuller at 22:02 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

3 more decades?
George Lucas is in his seventies, meaning that we only realistically have a maximum of thirty years remaining* of the man who brought us (and then bastardised) Star Wars, before 20th Century Fox inevitably reboots the entire franchise. Yay... with lashings of sarcasm. *although I wouldn't put it past him to spend his fortune on having his body cryogenically frozen so as to unleash disappointment on a whole new future generation. More

Posted by marcus_fuller at 22:01 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

CGI vs Practical
I'm so glad they're using the budget to create a bunch of digitised characters! I mean, that's what made the prequels so much better than the origin..... OH WAIT More

Posted by bnicholson50 at 19:02 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

so it's just the budget holding them up?
... its not as tho ol Lucas Arts doesn't have enough pennies More

Posted by Suverlo at 18:53 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE:
He didn't make Empire it was directed by Irvine Kirschner(not sure how to spell that lol) that is why it's the best one, he can write a good story but has no idea how to direct. More

Posted by Gram Woods at 18:47 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

GEORGE LUCAS MUST DIE!
I should be excited about this as I loved the original trilogy, but instead I feel nothing but contempt. George Lucas has no idea, not content with ruining star wars forever with the abominations that are the prequels, he had to take a huge shit on the originals by adding too much CGI and changing some of the great scenes(Gredo shooting first?). I cannot watch any of them any more, it is just too painful. CGI is good but it should be used to add extra detail to models, costumes, animatronics and More

Posted by Gram Woods at 18:43 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

GEORGE LUCAS MUST DIE!
I should be excited about this as I loved the original trilogy, but instead I feel nothing but contempt. George Lucas has no idea, not content with ruining star wars forever with the abominations that are the prequels, he had to take a huge shit on the originals by adding too much CGI and changing some of the great scenes(Gredo shooting first?). I cannot watch any of them any more, it is just too painful. CGI is good but it should be used to add extra detail to models, costumes, animatronics and More

Posted by Gram Woods at 18:42 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

Listen to your friends George
Saw Mr Spielberg on BBC Breakfast this week and he was talking about how people now see something beautiful like a sunset on screen and immediately think its CGI. This is was the over reliance on computer effects has done to movies. People used to go to the movies and suspend disbelief and get carried along by the characters and story, now it's all about how it looks. This tv show will be as awful as the prequels because of all the computer crap Lucas is obsessed with. I think he is a forward More

Posted by leroythemasochist at 18:33 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

This just proves without a doubt that he made two excellent movies (Star wars & Empire) and four very average ones, and has done nothing worthy of note otherwise. and as for the exscuse that George has no money to make this happen? what a load! I think the guy knows that he can keep regurgitating the films already made (we are now getting a 3D re-re-re-re-re-release) in the knowledge that he won't have to produce something more original. Give it to James Cameron, Senor Spielbergo or even Kev More

Posted by shitneck at 18:22 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

Underworld ...WORKING TITLE
And it had better have Storm Troopers and the odd rouge Jedi or forget it,can't be bothered with Aura Sing adventures and Jabba dealings. And I'm bloody sure Lucas said each prequel cost 200 mill each at the time,always thought for a blockbuster they looked a bit cheap at times. More

Posted by danbo1138 at 18:18 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

Special Effects, what special effects????
Now, I havn`t watched the making of Star Wars documentries for a while so I may be slightly off the mark. Whilst making RoTJ Lucas states that he will never do a special effect just for the sake of it, and only if it furthers the story. Well the on that score....Fail, as the prequels testify to. And when making Menace wanted to know how much thay could sell the digital effects to other film makers, so not enough obviously. Personaly I don`t have a problem with his writing abilities just his dir More

Posted by Morehumanthanhuman at 17:53 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

There really is no wonder George Lucas hasn't made a film since 2005 - and even that was Star Wars. Are there any mediums left that Star Wars hasn't utilized? A radio drama perhaps? More

Posted by Whistler at 15:47 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

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Sorry, repost. More

Posted by Whistler at 15:47 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

There really is no wonder George Lucas hasn't made a film since 2005 - and even that was Star Wars. Are there any mediums left that Star Wars hasn't utilized? A radio drama perhaps? More

Posted by Whistler at 15:47 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

Not read anyone elses comments (I'm tired) but i'm sure they would say the same thing... too much CGI ruined the prequels, Game Of Thrones, Battlestar Galactica and Firefly all prooved you do not need massive amounts of CGI to make a bloody good sci-fi show.... now get on with it or jog on! More

Posted by nodierock at 15:29 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE:
So its gunna be a bit like firefly then? Pretty sure they didnt have a $5m budget per episode.... More

Posted by Jodan_King at 14:24 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

Dark and adult? Fuck off. More

Posted by sweetladybrick at 14:13 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

Gee if only there was a way to make aliens and creatures using something other than digital effects. Surely in the nigh on century that cinema has been going, someone must have come up with something. (and if you can't feel my sarcasm seeping through the keyboard and into the internet you should get tested for something) Seriously though, the ten year old in me should be OVER THE FUCKING FOREST MOON!! But instead I feel nothing, I'm numb, unresponsive, it's like I'm a beaten spouse and Star W More

Posted by clarkkent at 12:36 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

I'd love to add my comments but I need to go clean up the mess I've made in my pants More

Posted by Bumfluff at 12:26 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Maybe!
L: Spaldron Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. What's Ewok for "scraping the bottom of the barrel"? ipcha! That's Ewok for everything. More

Posted by The Todge at 12:17 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Maybe!
L: Spaldron Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. What's Ewok for "scraping the bottom of the barrel"? ipcha! That's Ewok for everything. More

Posted by The Todge at 12:16 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Maybe!
L: jobloffski If they have fifty scripts, and therefore (probably) totally worked out arcs, storylines and characters, why on earth worry about being able to afford to make the whole fifty at the start of the enterprise? he fact that they're saying $5m an episode isn't enough is frankly a joke. They made Battlestar Galactica for a hell of a lot less than that and that show had some epic setpieces. In all honesty I think Lucas just wants to have his cake and eat it, the fact is you c More

Posted by Spaldron at 11:23 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

But...
Sure...I'm excited and the premise and title seem cool and intriguing, but budgetary problems being their biggest setback I can't fathom why they couldn't use more practical effects and skip some of the "digital characters". It worked great for the original trilogy and the digital characters in the prequels were honestly terrible. Just what I think, get som GODDAMN practical effects, it'll work and for cheap too. More

Posted by bieseemil at 11:22 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

But...
Sure...I'm excited and the premise and title seem cool and intriguing, but budgetary problems being their biggest setback I can't fathom why they couldn't use more practical effects and skip some of the "digital characters". It worked great for the original trilogy and the digital characters in the prequels were honestly terrible. Just what I think, get som GODDAMN practical effects, it'll work and for cheap too. More

Posted by bieseemil at 11:21 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Maybe!
If they have fifty scripts, and therefore (probably) totally worked out arcs, storylines and characters, why on earth worry about being able to afford to make the whole fifty at the start of the enterprise? Plan for making say ten eps a year, wholly fund the first series, and let TV rights, tie ins such as games and ancillary books, DVD/Blu-ray sales eventually bring the thing into profit in a big way, which it will, if it is even remotely good and if it is even as remotely as hard hittin More

Posted by jobloffski at 10:54 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

Try something different
Agree with Timon. Sounds like a obvious equation to me - the prequels were terrible, and large part because everything looked so stupid and CGI. SO DONT MAKE EVERYTHING LOOK SO COLOURFUL IT HURTS MY EYES! Why Star Wars (proper orignial trilogy) looked so good had so much to do with the brilliant visual effects modelling. Sounds like they are making excuses and dont have the imaginationa and talent to work outside of only CGI. If its supposed to be dark, Deadwood like etc then surely going non-CG More

Posted by marcusmarritt at 10:52 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

Try something different
Agree with Timon. Sounds like a obvious equation to me - the prequels were terrible, and large part because everything looked so stupid and CGI. SO DONT MAKE EVERYTHING LOOK SO COLOURFUL IT HURTS MY EYES! Why Star Wars (proper orignial trilogy) looked so good had so much to do with the brilliant visual effects modelling. Sounds like they are making excuses and dont have the imaginationa and talent to work outside of only CGI. If its supposed to be dark, Deadwood like etc then surely going non-CG More

Posted by marcusmarritt at 10:48 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

Try something different
Agree with Timon. Sounds like a obvious equation to me - the prequels were terrible, and large part because everything looked so stupid and CGI. SO DONT MAKE EVERYTHING LOOK SO COLOURFUL IT HURTS MY EYES! Why Star Wars (proper orignial trilogy) looked so good had so much to do with the brilliant visual effects modelling. Sounds like they are making excuses and dont have the imaginationa and talent to work outside of only CGI. If its supposed to be dark, Deadwood like etc then surely going non-CG More

Posted by marcusmarritt at 10:47 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

Star Wars: Unconvinced
So...another slew of special effects then. I'm not convinced that the scripts are all that great if the show requires that much money being thrown at it. George & Co. might benefit from working under some tighter restrictions. I can't see it costing too much equalling the original's standards. More

Posted by Macavity at 10:45 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Maybe!
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. What's Ewok for "scraping the bottom of the barrel"? More

Posted by Spaldron at 10:40 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

Meh.
Digital digital fidgita, 'oh there are so many digital characters to do blahblahblah'. Shut up Rick! Has anyone seen Rome? Amazing piece of tele, (yes I know it's not Sci Fi). No bloody imagination these people, and their not in touch with the audience!!!! More

Posted by thefacehead at 10:39 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

Maybe!
This actually sounds like it good be pretty good. I liked all of the Star Wars movies ( including Phantom Menace ) and the idea of this sounds like it could be pretty cool. Bring it on! More

Posted by dannyfletch at 10:34 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Budget??
Maybe if they actually built sets instead of creating CGI backgrounds, it would bring down the cost. Just a suggestion. More

Posted by Timon at 09:38 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

Budget??
How can budget be an issue, Lucas must have more money then God. The upcoming 3D re-releases alone will probably bring in another billion! I'll watch it if Lucas is kept out of the process and they bring in decent TV directors - Tim Van Patten please.... More

Posted by Blyman at 09:34 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

Maybe!
This actually sounds like it could be good. I enjoyed all of the Star Wars movies ( including Phantom Menace ) and the idea of this does sound pretty cool. Bring it on! More

Posted by dannyfletch at 09:26 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

Ah....!
OK... Now THIS could be worthwhile. If done properly, it could absolutely ROCK the s**t! No Jedi nonsense. Just characters like Smugglers, Bounty Hunters and Jabba-esque crime lords please! More

Posted by Snake-Eyes at 09:23 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

Ah....!
OK... Now THIS could be worthwhile. If done properly, it could absolutely ROCK the s**t! No Jedi nonsense. Just characters like Smugglers, Bounty Hunters and Jabba-esque crime lords please! More

Posted by Snake-Eyes at 09:23 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

Maybe!
This actually sounds like it could be quite good. I enjoyed all of the Star Wars movies ( including the Phantom Menace ) and the idea of this sounds pretty cool. Bring it on! More

Posted by dannyfletch at 09:22 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

The one thing in the George Lucas Cashcow I cannot wait for! More

Posted by fraser1978 at 09:01 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

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