Thursday, March 22, 2012

IGN Wraps Up "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" Season 4 with Supervising Director Dave Filoni - Talks Darth Maul, Boba Fett, Obi-Wan and Season 5

The much anticipated season 4 of "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" has come to a dramatic end and once again leaves fans with more questions than answers... in a good way. IGN's Eric Goldman interviewed supervising director Dave Filoni about his thoughts on this past season's storylines and drops hints regarding next season.

Here's a short excerpt...

IGN: The big challenge! Once you knew you were going to go for it, you were going to bring Darth Maul back, how daunting was that and how many conversations did you have about, "How do we handle this, how do we handle him?"

Filoni: Oh, it was a whole thing. It was the kind of thing in the story meeting with George where we're like, "Are we really doing this?" Because sometimes George will joke with us, and we're not sure if he's serious or not. I think he said, "We're bringing Darth Maul back," and we're all kind of like, "Yeah, that's funny! Wait a minute. You're not laughing." It became clear that we were going to be tasked with this, which I just thought was incredibly ironic because when I saw it in the theater I thought there was no way that guy's ever coming back. "Good on you, George. You cut him in half this time. There's no Boba Fett-ing this guy. He's gone." And then to be tasked with the responsibility of bringing him back and making it believable was a huge challenge. But we all sat down and worked it out, and we all began to think because the Nightsisters were involved, especially Mother Talzin, there was a real opportunity to make this believable in a way that was more mythical, more spiritual, more magical than anything scientific, which would all point to no -- there's no way this can come back.

But in the same way that you can accept Obi-Wan Kenobi having a personality and living after his destruction on the Death Star, maybe you can believe that hatred works the opposite way but it all works in the physical realm. So there were a lot of discussions we got into to try and bring this character back. And we had several sources. One was a Visionaries comic book where we saw him running around with robot legs. So, we liked that imagery. And again, that's something that the EU spawned, and we didn't just throw it out and do our own thing. We said, "Well, let's look at that." And George liked to look at that, we showed it to him. He said, "Well, let's go with that." So it is kind of an homage in that way. Because it tends to work out here and there in different ways.

And I think Savage gave us an opportunity with Clancy, to have this guy on this journey meeting this kind of morally little snake guy. It's like our own little Gollum, our little Shelob's Lair if you will. The spider-legged thing was all George. I have to give credit where it's due. We were going to have Darth Maul in different states of decay when we found him. I was drawing some weird, trash-looking legs on Maul that didn't really have much shape, and then George said, "Let's make it like a spider. Like his mind couldn't seize on what he was or any one thing, it just forms in this way." And to really make it all happen, you need a hardcore actor who's going to go all the way, and that was Sam Witwer no doubt. He is a lunatic, especially in that first part, and he knows his Star Wars.

Read more of this EPIC interview at IGN HERE.

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I thought this season of Clone Wars was amazing! I look forward to seeing Dave Filoni again at Star Wars Weekends and at Star Wars Celebration VI!

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