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Star Wars Underworld TKs - Cancelled Live Action Show 2010

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https://www.comingsoon.net/tv/trailers/1120877-star-wars-underworld-test-footage-released

 

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Before The Mandalorian, there was another Star Wars TV series planned. Footage of Star Wars Underground, a show that was in development all the way back in 2010, has surfaced online. The footage shows a very different show from the one many people enjoyed in 2019.

The show was to be set in the lower levels of Coruscant, a planet that plays a major part in the Star Wars prequels. It was set after Order 66, and the test footage below was produced by VFX specialists Stargate Studios. The show was eventually delayed and then cancelled due to the high production costs and the eventual sale of Lucasfilm to Disney. According to a comment from the uploader, a two-episode arc would have involved Darth Vader coming to Coruscant to "personally quell a rebellion".

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It certainly looks a little ropey in places, and it's a bit hard to follow, but it's worth remembering that "test footage" is different from a pilot--this footage was meant to nail down the look and tone of the show, so we can excuse the bad gun fight at the end.

The test footage here is followed by a short "making of" film, which shows how everything was shot on a single green screen stage--similar to how many parts of the prequels were shot.

The footage, as it turns out, is from Stargate Studios' Vimeo, and was first uploaded nine years ago--we can only assume that it was set to private or unlisted until now.


 

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Could these be the last batch of TK armor produced while George Lucas was still in charge? I want to say they could be something new, though I'm not well up on my TK difference studies. The right eye has the ANH bulge. The Back chest plate retains the 'O- I I' pattern, while on others it almost looks like a 'O-[ ]' . It's hard to see the details on the indents to see if they're sharp or smooth. There doesn't look to be any mold deformities.


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Hmm, those look to be FX armor, as well as the helmet. I wonder why those were used instead of something Lucasfilm produced.

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1 hour ago, StarTrooper said:

Hmm, those look to be FX armor, as well as the helmet. I wonder why those were used instead of something Lucasfilm produced.

Could have been a cheaper option at the time rather then getting someone to redesign and make new sets of armor, it was a pilot after all

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16 hours ago, gmrhodes13 said:

Could have been a cheaper option at the time rather then getting someone to redesign and make new sets of armor, it was a pilot after all

I don't think it was even the pilot - I think it is just test footage to gauge cost and technology.  At least I hope that is all it was.  It was... not great.

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Still interesting to see they were up to something. We could be very lucky it never got off the ground back then but it is still Star Wars.


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The main character in 1313 somehow "translated" to The Mandalorian, maybe we will see some of the "Underworld" scenery in the Cassian Andor / K2SO show.

 

 

 

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