Monday, May 20, 2013

Dave Filoni Reveals Details on New Animated Series "Star Wars Rebels" to Air on Disney XD Fall 2014



The word is out today over social media and Star Wars and Disney fans a like have been showing their excitement for the all-new animated series "Star Wars Rebels." The show will be set between the events of Episode III and IV and will be airing on Disney XD in the Fall of 2014!


The buzz started after Lucasfilm posted a press release and video of Dave Filoni, supervising director for "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" putting the Clone Wars series to bed. Parts of Clone Wars season six that had already been completed would be released as bonus content while Filoni and Lucasfilm Animation would be working on a new series. Then rumors of follow up series code named "Star Wars Reclamation" appeared on IMDB with hints of possible characters and story treatments. That was soon labeled as myth by Lucasfilm. Last week Dave Filoni, supervising director for "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" tweeted a sketch he did of a TIE Fighter. Now we get today's press release. It appears that Filoni tweeted the TIE Fighter from this film shoot!

Filoni talks about setting the series in the time between Star Wars Episodes III and IV.
Now without any further ado. Here's the press release from Lucasfilm!
Production has begun on Star Wars Rebels, an exciting, all-new animated television series based on one of the greatest entertainment franchises of all time. Scheduled to premiere in fall 2014 as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel, it will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world. 
Much of the art will be based on Ralph McQuarrie's concept art for Star Wars done in 3D!
Leading the development of the series is a creative team of exceptional talent. Screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class, Sherlock Holmes, Mr. & Mrs. Smith) is an executive producer on Star Wars Rebels and will write the premiere episode. He is joined by Dave Filoni as executive producer, who served as supervising director of the Emmy nominated Star Wars: The Clone Wars since 2008. Executive producer Greg Weisman brings with him a wealth of animation experience with credits such as Young Justice, The Spectacular Spider-Man and Gargoyles. 
Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide, said, "The entire team at Lucasfilm has provided extraordinary creativity and innovation for over three decades, and we're thrilled to be bringing the expansive and imaginative world of Star Wars to Disney XD's viewers." 
"I couldn't be more excited to explore new corners of the Star Wars universe," said Kathleen Kennedy, president, Lucasfilm. "I think Star Wars Rebels will capture the look, feel and fun that both kids and their parents love about Star Wars." 
The action-filled series is set between the events of Episode III and IV -- an era spanning almost two decades never-before explored on-screen. Star Wars Rebels takes place in a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape. Details about the show are a closely guarded secret at this point. 
Star Wars Rebels will be produced by Lucasfilm Animation, featuring many of the key talents that made Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Fans attending Star Wars Celebration Europe will be the first to get an exclusive look at the new series. Casting will be announced at a later date. More information about this developing project will be found on StarWars.com and on Facebook at facebook.com/starwarsrebels.

Check out this video of Pablo Hidalgo talking with executive producer Dave Filoni about Lucasfilm's highly-anticipated new animated series!

http://youtu.be/0bdfFos3PYQ

Not only does Filoni have a killer office but we learned a lot about the new series. He did hinted at the fact the show may be in 3D using CGI. Would it be in the same style as "Clone Wars?" I also like the fact we know that some of his production crew will be returning to work on this series as well as all the other creative heavy hitters coming on board for this show.

What do you think about this series? What characters would you like to see them include? Would you like to see some of the Clone Wars voice actors come into the fold in this new series? Leave your comments below.

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