11 Mar. 2013

The Future of The Clone Wars & Lucasfilm Animation Revealed


After many weeks of rumors surrounding the future of “The Clone Wars,” StarWars.com has finally revealed in a post, as well as in the above video announcement from Dave Filoni, that the series will be winding down, and that they are no longer producing new episodes for Cartoon Network. But also in this announcement, we learn that we have not seen the last episode of “The Clone Wars” just yet. They are producing new episodes of the series to wrap up some story threads that are still open, and we just have to stay tuned for more information on where we will be able to see these episodes. Also in the announcement, it is revealed that “Star Wars Detours” has been postponed, but also that a brand new animated series set in a time period of Star Wars we have yet to see on television is being produced.  Here is the full announcement that was made over at StarWars.com

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.

While it is sad to hear that “The Clone Wars” will be wrapping up, and that “Star Wars Detours” has been postponed, it is definitely exciting to know we will be seeing a brand new Star Wars animated series, and I am definitely glad to find out that we will be seeing more episodes of “The Clone Wars” to fully wrap up the series. And after seeing the new clip that was shown in Dave Filoni’s announcement video, I absolutely can’t wait to see these new episodes!

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