The new Star Wars live-action TV show has been in the works for three years with over 50 hours of scripts already written and in the hands of LucasFilm. Still, producer Rick McCallum has said that the tentatively titled Star Wars: Underworld could be years away due to the predicted $5-6 million per episode cost. Adding to those concerns is the possibility that the series could be more adult than what people traditionally associate with the Star Wars brand. In a recent interview, McCallum says:
“Our biggest problem is that these stories are adult. I mean…these are like Deadwood in space. It is so unlike anything you’ve ever associated with George before in relation to Star Wars. These aren’t for kids. I mean, we hope they’ll watch, but it’s not being targeted at 8-to-9 year old boys.”
Combine these obstacles with the recent news of George Lucas’ retirement from LucasFilm, and it’s possible that it could be even longer before we see this project come to fruition, and maybe only on a less restrictive cable network.