Will There Ever Be a Live-Action ‘Star Wars’ TV Show?

By January 22, 2016

For many years, leading up to and even before Disney purchased Lucasfilm for 4 Billion Dollars, George Lucas and producer Rick McCallum (the prequels) were developing a live action TV series that called for many, many sanctioned scripts written by a number of established television writers – most notably Ron Moore of the rebooted, Sci-Fi network’s Battlestar Galactica. 

So what about the stops and starts?What’s happening? And why isn’t anything happening with the (then) titled Star Wars: Underworld?  TV Line is now offering an update on the show and its status in development now that Disney is in the driver seat.

For a recap, the show, Underworld, was suppose to be a dark and gritty hour long drama set between Sith and New Hope. Which I love. It’s quite the ambitious idea that I’m sure could work, especially thinking about the dramatic elements that could be incorporated – bounty hunters, smugglers, assassins, etc. So, now that The Force Awakens has conquered the marketplace all eyes are back on this show and the possibility of airing.

That’s where TV Line comes in. Since the announcement of Underworld happened way back in 2005, you would think by now we would get confirmation the series was happening seeing as Disney has the resources to make it happen – originally deemed too hard based on the scope and technology needed in each script.  Here’s a short rundown by TV Line:

The project got so far along that 50 scripts were reportedly written by scribes such as Battlestar Galactica’s Ron Moore. Apparently, they were great, too. Lucasfilm producer Rick McCallum was so impressed that, according to Slashfilm.com, he likened the proposed show to The Godfather and “Deadwood in space. However, once Disney purchased Lucasfilm, jump-starting the film franchise became the priority. So, although Disney-owned ABC — the likeliest home for Underworld — would obviously love to have a live-action Star Wars series on its lineup.

That would be the logical thinking. A live action show would be perfect now, right? (But maybe not for ABC at the moment; my two cents).

So what did network president Paul Lee have to say about it to TV Line?

“They are focused on their movies, so we don’t have any plans at the moment.”


This is the long build up to report no plans in the immediate future. Further, Mr. Lee basically goes on to confirm that they are only focusing on the animated series, IE Star Wars Rebels

Reading between the lines, seeing as Rebels is essentially telling a similar story; tackling the same time frame, perhaps, is not of any interest the folks at Disney.

But I do remember some rumors about Netflix being interested in a live action show for their streaming service, which, yes please – that would be perfect seeing as Daredevil and Jessica Jones are such huge hits. It was /Film that was able to get some promising info on it from Kathleen Kennedy.

During The Force Awakens junket, /Film asked about Underworld. Here’s what she said:

[I]nterestingly enough, thats 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.

That’s the final capper in all this. Don’t lose hope. Kathleen Kennedy and her team, with Disney, will probably get to those long in development scripts just as soon as they can. For now, I get that they have a new saga, some spin-off movies and a animated TV show (not to mention all the comic and book tie in’s) to worry about first. For now, I’m crossing my fingers hoping we’ll get the Underworld series sooner or later – and preferably on Netflix. For all you Star Wars fans out there wanting this as well, why not then cross your fingers with me.

Make sure you check back for some more Star Wars Underworld updates — right here on GeekNation.

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  • John Brinkman

    Man, I’d love it. Personally, at the mention of new BSG, I’d love to see the Rogue Squadron books made into a BSG type show! There’s plenty of drama, humor, and best of all, DOGFIGHTING IN SPACE! Another cool series to do would be the Republic Commando books. Sadly there’s issues with the author n publishing on that, but it would rock! The way the Mandalorian way of life and lingo was so great. And from a soldier’s POV would be timely and popular, I’m sure. Damn Disney killing off the books as canon. So much gold could be mined…