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The Star Wars: Underworld Series Might Not Be Appropriate For the Younglings


While we all patiently wait for any news concerning Lucasfilm‘s Star Wars TV series, Star Wars: Underworld, here is something to tide us over: it might be a little racier than the movies. As in, producer Rick McCallum is comparing the planned stories to ones on the level of an FX series. FX. They curse there. They kill there. They show butts, too, and sideboob. After the jump, find out more about what kind of sideboob we’re going to see on Boba Fett.

We all know the budget of this thing is huge — $5 to 6 million per episode — which is not pocket change, even for Lucasfilm, but still a challenge if they want to do more than one of these. But budget aside, McCallum has said that some are concerned about the proposed content of the show, and how it might not be appropriate for the kind of audience the original films sought out — the younger set. No, little Johnny and Jane might have to put on earmuffs for this one. Says McCallum:

“Our biggest problem is that these stories are adult. I mean…these are like Deadwood in space. It so unlike anything you’ve ever associated with George [Lucas] before in relation to Star Wars. These aren’t for kids. I mean, we hope they’ll watch, but it’s not being targeted at 8-to-9 year old boys.”

I’ll go ahead and assume that McCallum meant to include girls in his quote, but anyway. Yeah — Deadwood. In space. That’s a pretty badass show. Badass as in ruthless, gritty, and — for a cable network — graphic. And that’s fine for us big kids, but the little kids with their plastic lighsabers being told they’re not old enough to watch a Star Wars show? I sure don’t want to be around for that sad, sad conversation.

(via Blastr)

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  • Anonymous

    “ but it’s not being targeted at 8-to-9 year old boys.”  
    Thank the gods! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=735330678 Christopher Haley

    “These aren’t for kids. I mean, we hope they’ll watch…” Bleh! I hate double-talk. If it’s not made for kids, why would you want them to watch? Either make it for grown ups or don’t.

  • Anonymous

    I’m… conflicted here. On the one hand, I feel like a problem with the prequel films was that they were basically children’s films instead of family films in many respects. But when I hear that they’re going to be making a more “adult” Star Wars, I start to worry it’s going to be like Torchwood all over again. 

  • Oliver Jonas Queen

    Heres the thing….there is an ENTIRE generation of Star Wars fans who grew up with the original trilogy and have been longing for something like this since before the Prequels. The kids that grew up with the prequels/Clone Wars cartoon are now teenagers-at least-and would be even older by the time this hit the air. The timing for an adult,edgier take on Star Wars is PERFECT!!!!! This could revitalize the franchise in ways not seen since the HEIR TO THE EMPIRE was published…a show like this could attract an entirely NEW generation of fans(as well as bring back a lot of lost Banthas to the herd). Please….some network,somewhere has to be willing to finance this. FX,HBO,SPIKE…..its money in the bank.

  • Anonymous

    I am not a big fan of the franchise, or at least the parts George Lucas has a lot of involvement with. I have said for a while now that I would be on board with a gritty Star Wars that was more akin to some of the novels then the films. I said it, and now I am on board.

  • Anonymous

    When I was watching season one of Boardwalk Empire, all I could think was, “This is awesome, but it would be so much more awesome with lasers. In space.” Needless to say, I am SO down for this.

  • http://twitter.com/smoke_tetsu Smoke Tetsu

    Well… as long is it’s not liek TORCHWOOD’s “Everybody likes sex” phase I’m OK with it.

  • http://twitter.com/GalacticCynthia Cynthia

    Exactly. I was 13 in 1977. My imagination with Star Wars grew up with me. Many of the books & comics that came out in the 90s and later are darker & grittier. After all, I saw Han shoot first. He was a badass until Lucas neutered him. I spent 10 years text role-playing with other adults doing dark, evil, underworld, criminal story lines so this is what I want to make up for giving me the prequels.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephen-Kaufman/100000485470039 Stephen Kaufman

    I’m suprised HBO hasn’t jumped all over this

  • darthbane2

    its about time they had something other then the stupid cartoon star wars

  • Austin McDowell

    will we be seeing blood, guts, and everyone being beheaded?

  • Edward Matupa

    actulayy episode 3 was pretty dark(darth vader kills children and through out the film he’s plagued by visions of his wife’s death he does a massacre in episode 2 after they kill his mum.)

  • Edward Matupa

    that’s good it should be TV-14

  • Edward Matupa

    that’s usually TV-MA stuff they can’t show it own ABC

  • Edward Matupa

    They can’t disney owns star wars so it has to be ABC