Time to retire those blue and green lightsabers Ahsoka cosplayers, because Lucasarts Animation has officially axed STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS. In the press release, the studio claims they’ll focus on a new, unexplored era in their universe’s lore, and considering the 30 year gap between the ORIGINAL TRILOGY and the start of EPISODE 7, it seems fairly obvious that they’ll try to fill the gap with this new show. Here’s the official word:
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.
I’ve been a somewhat faithful follower of the show for the past few years, missing occasional episodes simply because it tends to interfere with my “I’m not waking up because I’m way too fucking hungover” schedule I’ve cultivated as a brown bearded blogger/demigod/fanboy messiah. Still, even with my limited viewings, I’m confident that Clone Wars is the definitive Star Wars tale of our generation. We certainly can’t rely on the Prequels, and despite my lovely pair of rose tinted glasses, I’ll brazenly claim that Clone Wars is superior to the OT. Sacrilege, I know, but the heart wants what the heart wants… or something like that.
Director Dave Filoni has accomplished incredible feats leading this project over the past 5 seasons, but I doubt he’ll be able to provide a satisfying conclusion in such a short time. It was originally intended to run 7-8 seasons, and this 5 season cap could potentially ruin the legacy of the entire series. How the hell will they end Ahsoka’s story? Will it make fit inside the Prequel Trilogy? What’s gonna happen!?!?!?
BUT… even though I’m concerned with the conclusion of this Clone saga, I’m excited to see what type of animation Lucasarts will create in the future. They’ll probably set their sights on the gap between Episodes 6 and 7, when Luke and crew rebuild the Republic. Oh, and Luke totally turns into a badass Grand Master, assuming (of course) that they take a few cues from the Extended Universe, even though they’ve promised not to.
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