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10 Cancelled Projects That Could Have Been Great

The Star Wars Saga continues to be one of the biggest franchises of all time, spawning all sorts of additional media from books to video games. When Disney purchased Lucasfilm in 2012, there were still many projects in various stages of development. Some of these cancellations were due to what Disney perceived as not “fitting their brand.” In addition to this period, there were several other times projects were canceled.

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Unfortunately, fans will never know how these projects would have turned out. However, had any of these been made, perhaps the state of Star Wars would be completely different today. While it may be bittersweet, there is still fun to be had reading what these projects could have been.

Star Wars 1313

Shot of Boba Fett from the cancelled game Star Wars 1313

Easily one of the most ambitious projects on the list, Star Wars 1313 would have followed a young Boba Fett as he ventures through the lower levels of Coruscant. Had the game ever come out, it would have been the perfect piece of media to prepare for The Book of Boba Fett.

1313 was also going to have a much grittier tone than previous Star Wars games and was to focus on gadget-based action similar to 2002’s Star Wars: Bounty Hunter. While the game was technically canceled, much of the game was already completed and Kathleen Kennedy has stated, according to SlashFilm, that the game was “gold” and something the company was “spending a lot of time looking at, pouring through, discussing, and [they] may very well develop those things further.”

Star Wars: Underworld

Star Wars Underworld Test Footage Stormtroopers

Underworld could very be the biggest missed opportunity in all of Star Wars. Orchestrated by a creative team led by the maker himself George Lucas, Star Wars: Underworld was to be an anthology show focusing on different characters in different time periods through the galaxy.

The stories of both Rogue One and Solo originated as Underworld episodes before they were repurposed as the Anthology films. Per CBRGod of War creator Cory Barlog had read some of the episodes during his time at Lucasfilm and stated: “I cared about the Emperor. They made [him] a sympathetic figure who was wronged by this f**king heartless woman. She’s this hardcore gangster, and she just totally destroyed him as a person. I almost cried while reading this.” This show could have been something really special and perhaps it could be retooled as a future show for Disney+.

Ragtag

Star Wars Project Ragtag Visceral Games

Ragtag was the working title for EA Visceral’s Star Wars game. Led by Uncharted director Amy Hennig, the game would have been an action-adventure inspired by the gameplay of the Uncharted series. The game had advanced far enough in development for a bit of gameplay footage that was shown in 2015. It was unfortunately shelved after EA shut down Visceral Games, as reported by Kotaku.

During EA’s ownership of the Star Wars game license, they had managed to cancel more games than they created. This game presented something very unique in the Star Wars saga and could have been really fun for fans. Thankfully, fans no longer have to worry about constant cancellations now that the license is open to all game companies.

Jedi Knight III: Brink of Darkness

Kyle Katarn in Dark Forces 2

Jedi Knight might be one of the most underrated Star Wars games, featuring one of the coolest characters from Legends, Kyle Katarn. Hopefully one day, he will join the new Canon. After the second game in the series, LucasArts followed with the spinoff Jedi Academy which detailed Luke’s new Jedi Academy.

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Per ShackNews, this third game would have been the conclusion to Katarn’s story. Story details around the game remain unknown but the title was canceled at some point, retroactively making Jedi Academy the third and final game of the series.

Tatooine Anthology Film

Luke Skywalker walking into a sunset

During the peak era of Disney Star Wars after the release of The Force Awakens, Lucasfilm was throwing several ideas on the table for stand-alone projects. One of these wasn’t based on a specific character or major event in the saga but rather just an entire film set on Tatooine.

Much of the details on the film were kept under wraps but the film’s art director and designer Neil Lamont, per CinemaBlend, had said “We were just starting our work on another Star Wars spin-off… We were actually just making our mark on Tatooine – which would have been interesting and some other new galaxies.” A day later, the film was sadly reported to be canceled.

Star Wars: The Epic Continues

Designs from Star Wars: The Epic Continues including Han, Luke and two villains.

Quite possibly the weirdest Star Wars concept to date, The Epic Continues was a concept toy company Kenner had following the conclusion of the original Star Wars trilogy. According to CBR, the continuation of the saga would have followed a new villain named Atha Prime, who had previously been exiled by Palpatine. This concept also included elements of George Lucas’ Clone Wars ideas which had yet to materialize.

Grand Moff Tarkin was also set to return, having narrowly avoided death at the hands of the Rebels in A New Hope. Although the idea was rejected by Lucasfilm, the toyline did become part of the Star Wars canon at the time as the concept was adapted into the comic, The Battle of Cadinth in 1995.

Battle of the Sith Lords

Star Wars Darth Maul Video Game Concept - Gameplay

This video game could have blown The Force Unleashed out of the water with all the concepts it had. The game would have followed Maul as he goes on a quest to destroy Darth Krayt’s new army of Sith as they break the infamous “Rule of Two”. Footage of the game on YouTube features Maul fighting members of the Death Watch.

Battle of the Sith Lords also would have featured Legends fan-favorite, Darth Talon. The game could have made fans learn new things about Maul they didn’t know too, further developing his character. At the time of the game’s cancellation, it had just completed the prototyping phase to move on to the next stage of development, per GameRantSith Lords had a sad outcome but again, it’s never too late to begin development again as the Star Wars game license is no longer exclusive to EA.

Solo Sequels

Despite having one of the most turbulent and rushed productions, Solo was still a huge success with fans but, regrettably, not enough moviegoers went to see it to warrant a sequel. Preceding the sequels’ cancellation, Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, and Emilia Clarke had all signed on for two more films, according to Esquire, but The Wrap reports there are no current plans to make the films.

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The first film set up major events for a sequel teasing Darth Maul as the big overarching villain. More recently, Emilia Clarke’s Qi’ra has been heavily featured in the Star Wars comics perhaps teasing her future in the saga. There is also a Lando series in development for Disney+ which could certainly act as a follow-up to Solo.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Seasons 7 & 8

Boba Fett Helmet Clone Wars

Before the return of the Clone Wars on Disney+, two further seasons were planned. Prior to its cancellation, there were several story arcs in development that would have featured Darth Maul’s imprisonment with Palpatine, Anakin & Obi-Wan fighting on Utapau, Boba Fett duelling Cad Bane, and Asajj Ventress & Quinlan Vos conspiring to assassinate Count Dooku, per CBR. After it was canceled, these arcs were adapted into novels and comics, and unfinished animation reels were released on StarWars.com as part of The Clone Wars Legacy brand.

Since many of these episodes were in advanced stages of animation and fully voiced, it wouldn’t come as a surprise if Lucasfilm end up finalizing these stories and releasing them on Disney+. Disney is all about maximizing their content on the streaming service so what better way than to finish projects they already have rather than spend more money on new productions.

George Lucas’ Sequel Trilogy

Rey concept art for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The worst thing Disney could have ever done is not use the story treatments and material George Lucas had written for the sequel trilogy. Fan reception for the Disney-made films has been divisive, to say the least. However, one thing all fans can agree on is that Lucas was a real ideas man. Regardless of the quality of the writing in the Prequels, they still featured some of the best world-building in the whole franchise.

According to IndieWire, George Lucas’ trilogy would have had Darth Maul as the primary antagonist as he leads a new criminal empire along with an Imperial Remnant, whom he likened to the terrorist organization ISIS. Leia would have been the central focus as she rebuilds the New Republic and Luke would have been rebuilding a new Jedi order. All of the concepts can be found in the book Star Wars Archives: 1999-2005, a great read for die-hard fans. While it’s a huge missed opportunity these films never happened, at least Lucasfilm is going in the right direction with Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau.

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