The Star Wars television series is still going ahead with the working title Star Wars: Underworld, according to an IGN interview with LucasFilm producer Rick McCallum. They are further along in the writing than we thought, but fans may have to wait a while to see it.
Explaining the working title, McCallum “It’s underneath what’s going on. It’s the criminals and the gangs. The guys who are running Wall Street, basically. The guys who are running the United States.”
“They’re timeless, because 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].”
As for where the series is at, he adds “It’s really a budget thing. How do we get it down?” Encouragingly, this is partly due to wanting to have the same quality of special effects in a weekly show of $5 million an episode as they did on the features. “We have 50 of the most unbelievable scripts. Each one hour episode is bigger than any of the prequels”.
Of course, he also hints that there are “so many digital characters”, and immediately Jar Jar alarm bells went off in our heads.
The interesting conversation, which include McCallum’s thoughts on the state of the industry and television in parrti can be seen in full below.