Ever since 2005, Star Wars fans have been taunted and teased by Lucasfilm with the promise of a live-action TV show entitled Star Wars: Underworld. However, much to everyone’s disappointment Disney have seemingly binned the idea. Before you get too disheartened, in spite of the idea never really taking flight, we’ve still managed to obtain a few small pieces of information about the series thanks to the wonderful place that is the internet.
In the middle of a conversation about the new God of War PS4 game, Cory Barlog started talking about the Star Wars show instead. Not exactly the most likely source when you think about it.
It turns out that a few years ago he was actually asked to read the script and in an interview with Venturebeat, he comments on how the story inspired his game. How exactly? Well, the Emperor’s storyline seemed to be the place where it all started.
— Film Forecaster (@FilmForecaster) June 22, 2016
“It was the most mind-blowing thing I’d ever experienced. I cared about the Emperor. They made the Emperor a sympathetic figure who was wronged by this f*cking heartless woman. She’s this hardcore gangster, and she just totally destroyed him as a person.
Emperor Palpatine as a sympathetic figure? We didn’t see that one coming!
Barlog also added that the script left him feeling pretty emotional: “I almost cried while reading this. This is the Emperor, the lightning out of the fingers Emperor. That’s something magical. The writers who worked on that, guys from The Shield and 24, these were excellent writers.”
It’s pretty interesting to see how Star Wars: Underworld may have panned out. Whilst we didn’t see the relationship play out between this said hardcore gangster and the Emperor, we get a bit of an idea of what may have been. What we will get instead however is a brand new God of War game so we can’t complain too much.
Barlog said the reasoning behind his interest in sentiment within the violence dominated video game world came as a result of directors coming to a different stage in their lives.
— Outer Places (@outerplaces) June 20, 2016
“A lot of us who are making games, who came up around the same time, we’re hitting a time in our life in which we see the world through a different lens. Creatively we see things differently because we’re all having kids. We’re all experiencing a change in our lives.”
He also added: “We’re all getting to an introspective point where we look back on stupid crap we said to our parents and realizing we’re hearing stupid crap from our kids in just the same way. The audience, I think, wants it as well. To me that’s the best part about it.”
So there you have it, if Star Wars: Underworld had turned out the way Barlog expected it to, then we could have seen a very different side to the Emperor. Pretty cool right?