Monday, March 11, 2013

Lucasfilm Animation Comments on the Future of "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" and "Star Wars: Detours"


There has been a great disturbance in the Force since Star Wars: The Clone Wars wrapped up season 5. Now with over 100 episodes in the can and a new focus of Lucasfilm on Star Wars: Episode VII and other standalone films the broadcast of new Clone Wars episodes is now know. Read the following press release and video message from supervising Director Dave Filoni.
As we enter into an exciting new era focused on the next Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm has decided to pursue a new direction in animated programming. We are exploring a whole new Star Wars series set in a time period previously untouched in Star Wars films or television programming. You can expect more details in the months to come.
As part of this shift, we have also made some key decisions affecting Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Detours.
 
After five highly successful and critically acclaimed seasons of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, we feel the time has come to wind down the series. While the studio is no longer producing new episodes for Cartoon Network, we're continuing production on new Clone Wars story arcs that promise to be some of the most thrilling adventures ever seen. Stay tuned for more information on where fans can soon find this bonus content. In the video below, Supervising Director Dave Filoni offers a peek of what is to come in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. 
At Star Wars Celebration VI last year, George Lucas gave fans a glimpse at the animated comedy series Star Wars Detours from Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, and Todd Grimes. Detours was conceived and produced before we decided to move forward with the new Star Wars trilogy, and in the wake of that decision, Lucasfilm has reconsidered whether launching an animated comedy prior to the launch of Episode VII makes sense. As a result, we've decided to postpone the release of Detours until a later date. 
We are incredibly proud of the teams at Lucasfilm Animation for creating some of the most amazing animation ever produced for TV. Keep checking StarWars.com for new developments on these and future projects.


What does all of this mean exactly? Let's break down the press release:
We are exploring a whole new Star Wars series set in a time period previously untouched in Star Wars films or television programming. You can expect more details in the months to come.
I suspect that this new series will be focusing on original trilogy characters and will eventually find it's way on Disney XD.
While the studio is no longer producing new episodes for Cartoon Network, we're continuing production on new Clone Wars story arcs that promise to be some of the most thrilling adventures ever seen. Stay tuned for more information on where fans can soon find this bonus content.
This is a very interesting comment. It obviously addresses the fact the The Clone Wars will definitely not be returning to the Cartoon Network. It also doesn't mention the fact that the series will appear on any Disney or ABC related network at this time. The key words are "bonus content" which leads me to believe that they are planning to release these episodes as webisodes or streaming content on StarWars.com. Does it mean that they won't find their way on a ABC/Disney channel down the road? Perhaps. It would depend on how much content they have completed. There is always the possibility for downloadable content, made-for-tv movies, a boxed set of DVD/Blu-ray the possibilities are endless. Perhaps they will have a mini-series announcement during Star Wars Weekends 2013 in a few weeks. That is very exciting stuff indeed!
"Even though we are winding things down on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, it's not over yet. In fact the best is yet to come!" - Dave Filoni
It was great to hear Filoni say that in the video clip. I too am a huge fan of Star Wars: The Clone Wars team of creators and voice actors. I found that those stories were much more appealing to me than the prequel trilogy and have greatly added more depth to the characters and my understanding of the entire Star Wars Saga. I'm excited to hear what they have planned for the remaining episodes. I am a bit surprised about Star Wars Detours. I believe that if handled properly that show would be great on Disney Channel or Disney XD. What do you think?

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