Setting aside 'The Force Awakens' for just a moment, the Holy Grail for Star Wars fans has long been George Lucas' planned live-action TV series, Star Wars: Underworld. And if there was a close second, it would be the awesome-looking video game, Star Wars 1313. Both projects were shelved for various reasons further complicated by Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm, but what has happened to all of that unused material? Lucas had something like 100 scripts for the show fully written, and the game's concept art has been wowing fans with its potential for years. Turns out Disney hasn't forgotten about any of it, and they aren't about to let it go to waste.
Kathleen Kennedy was speaking with Slashfilm and when asked about the TV show she revealed that Lucasfilm is digging into the archives to see what they have, and they are looking what they see. Not only that, but she threw Star Wars 1313 into the discussion unprompted...
"....interestingly enough, thats an area we’ve spent a lot of time, reading through the material that he developed is something we very much would like to explore. [And the Star Wars 1313 concept art was] Unbelievable. So our attitude is, we don’t want to throw any of that stuff away. It’s gold. And it’s something we’re spending a lot of time looking at, pouring through, discussing, and we may very well develop those things further. We definitely want to."
Often described as "Deadwood in space", Star Wars Underworld would have bridged the gap between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. It would have taken place on the capital city of Coruscant, specifically focusing on the underworld element. Star Wars 1313, which was announced at E3 a few years ago, was rumored to center on the early missions of a young Boba Fett, and the artwork (some of which is below) seemed to confirm that.
Now, Kennedy didn't specifically state that either of these projects was back on the table. What she could mean is some of the ideas, storylines, and characters may be used to spark movies or spinoffs. We just don't know, but Disney is going to look everywhere to keep the Star Wars train going for a long time.
And now back to Star Wars: The Force Awakens which opens nationwide in a mere eight days. A new and VERY spoilery international trailer has been released along with some new character posters. Watch if you dare.