Last summer, George Lucas briefly unsettled the internet by asserting on "Attack of the Show" that 50 episodes of the long rumored "Star Wars" live action TV series were already in the can. Upon further clarification from Lucasfilm, it was revealed that there are 50 scripts that have been finished, as opposed to completed episodes on the shelf.
During a recent interview with IGN, Lucasfilm producer Rick McCallum confirmed that the long-gestating series has received the working title of "Star Wars: Underworld."
"It's underneath what's going on," explained McCallum as he laid out the premise of the series, "It's [about] the criminals and the gangs. The guys who are running Wall Street, basically. The guys who are running the United States."
But if you were expecting "Star Wars: Underworld" any time in the near future, McCallum dashed those hopes by reiterating Lucasfilm's need to drastically reduce the cost of production before they can proceed.
"We have fifty of the most unbelievable scripts," said McCallum. "Each one hour episode is bigger than any of the prequels were. And they're complex, they're dark, they're adult… But right now, technologically there's no way that we can do them for the five million dollar mark [per episode]; which would be the maximum that we could do. That is because there is so much digital animation, because we have so many digital characters. I think the idea is that we just hold off [and] wait and see if there are any major [technological] breakthroughs in the next year or two."
McCallum also insisted that the continued delays won't harm the scripts that are already in hand.
"[The scripts are] timeless," related McCallum. "They take place between Episode III and Episode IV. That 20 year period when Luke [Skywalker] is growing up. It's not about Luke, but it's about that period when the Empire is trying to take things [over]."
When "Star Wars: Underworld" is actually coming is still anybody's guess. But I hope my grandchildren like it… and then tell me about it when they visit my rest home decades from now.