Last month, some test footage appeared online for the unmade series Star Wars Underworld from Star Wars creator George Lucas.
The 2010 proof-of-concept footage comes from visual effects house Stargate Studios known for The Walking Dead, The Orville, and The Nightflyers.
While the footage itself is very rough with unpolished digital effects it gives us a better idea of what the look they were attempting to go with for the series before it’s ultimate demise.
This isn’t however actually footage from the series itself but just Stargate Studios’ attempt at getting a chance to work on the show and had it on their Vimeo account for years before it was recently removed.
You can check out that footage below which also includes behind the scenes stuff as well.
Here is the information mentioned in the YouTube post.
Released test footage from 2010 of the cancelled Star Wars TV show “Underworld,” which was to take place in the lower levels of Coruscant. The series was set after the events of Order 66. The video game “1313” was to be a tie-in of this series. Due to the immense cost of shooting the series, as well as the selling of Lucasfilm to Disney, “Underworld” was delayed and eventually cancelled.
This footage was produced by Stargate Studios (whose VFX resume includes Doctor Who, The Walking Dead, The Orville) in partnership with Lucasfilm. The VFX technology displayed in the making-of portion is Stargate Studios’ impressive real-time rendering Virtual Backlot Live technology.
The project never got off the ground because of the costs involved and George Lucas having trouble finding a network partner, before the Star Wars rights were sold to Disney.
Underworld was being compared to being Deadwood in space and was expected to have a gritty-edge to it compared to the movies at that point.
It’ll be interesting to see if Lucasfilm/Disney will attempt to resurrect Underworld given their current hunger for live-action Star Wars series and the success of The Mandalorian on Disney+.
SOURCE: STARGATE STUDIOS/LUCASFILM