When Disney acquired Lucasfilm at the end of last year, there was some uncertainty about the fate of the animated TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The very popular animated series was produced for the Cartoon Network, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Entertainment, and there was some speculation that The Clone Wars would move to Disney XD after season five, which wrapped up last week. Now it appears Star Wars: The Clone Wars will come to an end all together.
Lucasfilm will not produce any new episodes for Star Wars: The Clone Wars for the time being, but they do promise to wrap up storylines with bonus materials. There is no word on whether or not Lucasfilm will produce new episodes for Disney or completely change the format with a brand-new animated series.
It’s strange, at the beginning of the series’ run, George Lucas said he would only want to produce five seasons, amounting to 100 episodes in total, and now the animated series has come to an end with 108 episodes. Maybe Lucas knew something about the sale of Lucasfilm back in 2008… (insert conspiracy theory here).
As for the other Star Wars animated series, Lucasfilm will postpone production of Star Wars: Detours, the series created and developed by Seth Green and Matthew Senreich of Robot Chicken fame. The announcement of the new animated series was made before Disney acquired Lucasfilm, so it seems like the Mouse House is putting the brakes on the series until they can figure out what to do with it. Star Wars: Detours was supposed to air on Disney XD too.
Apparently, Disney and Lucasfilm decided to put their TV animated series on hiatus so they can better focus on the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII and the subsequent sequel trilogy. Star Wars: The Clone Wars supervising director Dave Filoni offers a sneak peek of what’s to come with the new animated series. You can watch the video below, and we’ve also included the full press release below that.
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 [above], 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.
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