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WATCH: Test footage from George Lucas’ cancelled Star Wars series Underworld ‘leaks’ online

February 1st, 2020 by Marc Comments

Oooooooh… with so many of us excited – and puzzled – about the future of Star Wars TV we’re now thrown back to 2010 when, before the whole ‘Disney now owns Star Wars’ thing, we were told that George Lucas’ proposed TV series Star Wars: Underworld, first announced in 2004, had died before it could happen.

And, like the crazy looking animated series Star Wars: Detours, it was pretty much forgotten about by most… not us though, we still hope Disney release Detours on Disney+.

But now, ‘leaked’ footage from Underworld has arrived on the interwebs and, while looking very CGI and even video-game like, it  certainly whets the appetite for what could have been.

The footage is by no means complete and even has some of the greenscreen work still unfinished, but its’ certainly a nice piece to add to the Star Wars archives of oddities.

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.

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….