Aborted Star Wars Underworld TV series would've featured a 'sympathetic' Emperor Palpatine

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Jun 23, 2016, 11:29 AM EDT

One of the great mysteries of sci-fi lore is George Lucas’ aborted Star Wars Underworld television series, which spans dozens of proposed scripts that never actually made it in front of a camera. So, what kind of story was Lucas looking to tell?

It’s well documented that some elements of the shelved live action series have surfaced in other media (animated shows, video games, etc.), but we still don’t know a ton about the specific content of those scripts. Thanks to God of War video game helmer Cory Barlog, we now know a bit more. Barlog was chatting about his past experience with Venture Beat and mentioned a time he visited Lucas’ ranch and read several of the Underworld scripts.

According to Barlog, some of the story focused on Emperor Palpatine — and actually managed to humanize the character in a way never done before. Check out some excerpts from his comments below:

"[W]hen I was working at Lucas, I was allowed to go up to the ranch and read the scripts for the [canceled 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 fucking 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.”

It’s fascinating to get a peek at what could’ve been with this series, and though it’ll almost certainly never make it into the wild in its current form, we still hold out hope for an eventual live-action Star Wars TV show. And who knows … it could feature Palpatine.


(Via Venture Beat)