Ron Moore Talks Abandoned “Star Wars” Series
Celebrated “Battlestar Galactica” and “Outlander” showrunner Ronald D. Moore is more synonymous with “Star Trek” than “Star Wars”. Moore’s early days was as a writer and producer on numerous Trek series, most notably on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”.
On a recent episode of Collider Connected though, Moore reflected on his career in television and spoke at length about his involvement in George Lucas’ unproduced live-action “Star Wars” television series that was at one time titled “Star Wars: Underworld”.
Lucas began developing the show back in 2004 after wrapping filming on the last of the prequels and he assembled several writers to work together to produce all the scripts for the entire series before any footage would be shot. Moore was one of the writers involved:
TV shows usually only have a few scripts written before going into production, nothing close to the four dozen or so produced. Moore also says Lucas told them to “write them as big as you want, and we’ll figure it out later”. So the writers operated on the idea of having no [budget] constraints.
Moore also confirmed “it was pretty much one big storyline” though this long tale would have “episodic things that would happen”. For now, those scripts remain locked in the Lucasfilm vault.