Today Lucasfilm announced that the long running series Star Wars: The Clone Wars will be ending and that a new series is now in development. Also announced, the proposed series Star Wars: Detours has now been postponed for the time being. Read the official statement from Lucasfilm after the jump…
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.
So what do you think of this news from Lucasfilm? Are you a big fan of Star Wars: The Clone Wars or were you looking forward to Star Wars: Detours? I personally love the series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and I’m glad it’ll get a proper ending. That being said I’m excited for the possibilities of the new animated series in development, I could see it taking place during the Knights of the Old Republic time period or more likely set in between Episodes VI and VII of the films. Let us know what your thoughts are and what time period you’d like to see the new series take place in.
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This show isn’t getting a proper ending…it’s practically getting its head cut off. Disney is only allowing them to release two arcs that are already finished that would have been part of season 6 and then its laying off the majority of the crew. And these two arcs that they’re calling “bonus content” don’t wrap up any of the story lines of the main original characters from the series, as well as some from the films. So we’ll never know what happens to Darth Maul, Ahsoka, Captain Rex or Ventress. We’ll never find out how Boba got his father’s ship back from Hondo, we’ll never know why Mother Talzin is so interested in Darth Maul, and we’ll never find out what happens to Mandalore. The whole situation is sad, frustrating, and unfair. And this was a cheap movie by Disney and Lucasfilm, releasing this video and making Filoni give the impression that the series was going to finish on a good note. Talk about a complete misdirection. They were going to go for three more seasons!!! They were probably even going to cover the aftermath of Order 66 and the end of the war! This is so unfair to the cast, the crew, and the fans and I will never forgive Disney for this.