Ever since Disney acquired Lucasfilm back in October 2012, a number of Star Wars projects including Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars: Detours, and the 3D up-conversion and re-releases of the Star Wars Saga have all been canceled or postponed. But it seems like the people behind Star Wars: The Clone Wars are already looking at starting a new animated project for Disney and Lucasfilm.
In an interview with IGN.com, Star Wars: The Clone Wars supervising director Dave Filoni says that his team has some new and exciting stories in development for a new animated series. Filoni didn’t say whether or not the new animated series would follow the narrative and characters established in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, but it sounds interesting nevertheless. Filoni revealed:
At this point, I am involved in some early production discussions and exploration of what we’ll be doing with Star Wars animation in the future, which is really exciting for me and I have some friendly faces around me, of course, that are helping me on the project. So it’s a transition time, as I’ve said before, and I think it will lead to an exciting time and hopefully I’ll see things grow again.
The latest Star Wars property to be shut down by Disney was LucasArts, the video game division of Lucasfilm. There are definitely some huge changes for Lucasfilm and Star Wars, so it will be interesting to see where the Mouse House re-builds their new acquisition. As for the new face of Lucasfilm, Filoni offered up:
“It’s a function of our industry… It’s not my favorite part. You can luckily grow things and bring on many talented people, but there become times when you have to shrink things as well. We happen to be in one of those times right now, but that just paves the way, hopefully, for new things and new creativity in the future.”
While it’s sad to see Disney shut down some of the branches of Lucasfilm, it is exciting to see where they can take the company now that it’s part of the Disney corporate umbrella. It really seems like everything Lucasfilm has to offer will be placed in making Star Wars: Episode VII.