Star Wars is arguably the biggest franchise in the world right now. It has dominated the box office ever since its big-screen return in 2015 with The Force Awakens, and now, Star Wars fans can expect a new movie every year. Last year saw the first of the anthology movies, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and this year we get Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi.
With all these new #StarWars movies coming out, it's easy to forget all the planned Star Wars movies & TV that didn't made the cut. Some shows progressed further than others, with some even making it to production. Now that we have quality movies being delivered by #Disney, it's the perfect time to take a look back on some former proposed Star Wars movies that should re-enter development.
1. All Robots, No Humans
First up on our list is the idea for a Star Wars movie that only featured robots — no humans or other alien races, just 100% droids. Den of Geek noted that this ideas surfaced back up in 1980, when George Lucas told Prevue magazine that:
[...] "as I was writing, I came up with some ideas for a film about robots, with no humans in it."
It's not clear what happened to this idea, but all I know is that I'd still like to see it! Who wouldn't want a movie where we see all our favorite droids from the series going on their own adventure. It could be awesome to see the likes of R2-D2 and C-3PO to the newer but just as good K-2SO from Rogue One!
This could be a great movie, but it's not hugely likely. The most likely form for it to take would be an anthology movie following the adventures R2-D2 and C-3PO. There hasn't been any update on this movie since the '80s, so for now, it's a no go, but like every movie on this list, don't write them off!
2. 'Star Wars: Underworld'
Star Wars: Underworld was a really cool idea for a live-action #TV show that never came to be. It was meant to be set between the prequel trilogy and the originals, and would follow some sort of bounty hunter or a drugs/prostitution ring. When asked by SlashFilm.com about the future of Star Wars: Underworld and the cancelled 1313 game, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy had this to say in 2015:
"interestingly enough, that’s 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 there was 1313 the game… 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."
That was said back in 2015, but I still think we can assume there's hope for Star Wars: Underworld! I think this one is one of the most likely entries on our list, because of Kathleen Kennedy's optimistic words.
3. 'Detours' TV Series
The next project on our list is an interesting twist on the Star Wars lore, as it's an animated series that would have a comedy element. Detours was created by Seth Green and Matthew Senreich (Robot Chicken), and was going to delve into some galactic stories that were never told in the movies.
It's quite strange that we never saw this show because there are 32 episodes completed and ready to be shown, but Disney has opted not to release them. This is a total shame, because we were going to get some voice appearances from Billy Dee Williams (Lando), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) and Ahmed Best (Jar Jar Binks). The reason for them not being released is probably due to the fact that Disney doesn't consider them canon anymore, as the canon has been radically revised since Disney bought the rights to Star Wars back in 2012 (which was when this show was proposed). This means that we'll probably never see this show because it just doesn't seem to be in Disney's plans, but who knows!
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4. Wookie-Only Movie
Much like the robot-only movie, George Lucas also had plans for a movie which focused solely on the Wookies. I really think the Wookies are a fascinating species that have a lot of potential for a story of their own. You could have a movie where Chewbacca is the protagonist, but you don't need to rely on him either. A new Wookie protagonists is also a possiblity, especially because poor old Chewbacca won't be around forever. Check out what George Lucas had to say on the movie back in the '80s:
When I got to working on the Wookiee, I thought of a film just about Wookiees, nothing else. So, for a time, I had a couple of odd movies with just those characters.
Of course the fact that George Lucas isn't directly involved with Star Wars anymore means that this is unlikely — but who knows!
5. Darth Vader TV specials
Fans of Star Wars adored Darth Vader ever since his impactful appearance in A New Hope back in 1977. His powerful presence and bad-ass design make him a timeless villain; as it turns out, we nearly not got to see more of him in several scrapped TV specials. These under-the-radar episodes were rumored to debut in Spring/Summer 2014, which would've been right before The Force Awakens. I think this show could be brought back as a live-action #Netflix mini-series, especially if James Earl Jones was to return behind the mask.
Right now, it seems as if Disney are using the right amount of Darth Vader in their universe, and it seems like they're trying not to overdo him. However, that doesn't totally rule out the idea of a Darth Vader TV show.
Looking back on cancelled projects can leave us with a bitter-sweet feeling. On one hand, you discover something brilliant that could come true, like a Darth Vader TV special, but on the other hand, we may never see it. I would be satisfied if at least one of the shows on this list made it to fruition, especially Star Wars: Underworld.
Let me know what projects you'd like to see revived in the comments below!