“A long time ago. In a galaxy far, far away,” before Disney acquired Lucasfilm, the studio was working on a Star Wars TV series that was said to be a dark and gritty version of the movies. Former producer Rick McCallum had even called the would-be series, then-titled Star Wars: Underworld, “Deadwood in space.”
So what happened? After George Lucas said that the series would cost too much to make (each episode would cost upwards of $5 million to produce), the series remained in development until production cost could be brought down. When Disney bought Lucasfilm, the Mouse House had plans for growing the brand further than just movies and animated shows. Since Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D experienced a successful premiere last week, with more than 20 million viewers, Disney is now re-considering returning to that project.