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Emperor Palpatine’s Embarrassing Demotion

Emperor Palpatine from the Star Wars movies - There Was a Cancelled Star Wars TV Series called Star Wars Underworld?

Cancelled Star Wars TV Series Would Have Explored the Emperor’s Story

It is undeniably a great time to be a Star Wars fan. Rogue One is on the way at the end of the year, next year will see the release of Star Wars: Episode VIII, we’re getting a Han Solo movie, and so much more. Every day, it seems like we’re getting more and more Star Wars. But here’s one thing we’re not getting: a live-action Star Wars TV series. Which, it turns out, was being worked on. Yeah, that’s right, there is a cancelled Star Wars TV Series, and it would have been called Star Wars Underworld.

While the existence of the series isn’t exactly a mystery, we do finally have some details on what it would have been about, thanks to some information dropped by Cory Barlog, the director for the God of War video games, during an interview with VentureBeat about the latest God of War game. Wait, so how does Barlog have this information? Well, he was part of the team briefly working on a Star Wars game called Star Wars: 1313 which would have taken place in the same time period, between Episodes 3 and 4. That game was also cancelled.

Plot Details on Star Wars Underworld

So, here’s what Barlog had to say:

…when I was working at Lucas, I was allowed to go up to the ranch and read the scripts for the [cancelled live-action Star Wars] TV show. It was the most mind-blowing thing I’d ever experienced. I cared about the Emperor. They made the Emperor a sympathetic figure who was wronged by this f***ing heartless woman. She’s this hardcore gangster, and she just totally destroyed him as a person. I almost cried while reading this. This is the Emperor, the lightning out of the fingers Emperor. That’s something magical. The writers who worked on that, guys from The Shield and 24, these were excellent writers.

So, while that doesn’t go too deep, it does give us a basic plot for the series, which is an exploration of what made the Emperor the Emperor. And while humanizing the Emperor has been called a terrible idea by some, I’m not sure it wouldn’t make for a compelling watch. But apparently the Emperor’s Dark Side prowess was no match for the feeble skills of TV executives, and the idea was dumped.

Who knows, though? With the success of The Force Awakens and all the new Star Wars on the horizon, maybe Star Wars Underworld will be resurrected. Or, we’ll at least finally get an epic, live-action Star Wars TV series.

So, what do you think? Would Star Wars Underworld have been worth making?

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1 Response

  1. Phil

    The show sounds awful, if they were going to do the Emperor as the lead they should have went full on evil. I mean if someone made a movie about Jeffery Dahmer or john wayne Gacey then you wouldn’t find moments where you sided with the antagonist due to the fact the antagonist was faking normallacy in front of the public. Im thinking Hannibal meets Hitler meets Maleficent.

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