Following my Star Wars & Beyond piece from yesterday, it appears that Lucasfilm has made an official announcement concerning the fate of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
It doesn’t appear a full Season 6 is in the offing, but some arc-based stories are planned. What form that takes is yet to be revealed, but we know they won’t be on Cartoon Network. Since Disney now owns Lucasfilm and Star Wars, expect the new arcs in whatever form they take to be on Disney XD and/or online and/or direct-to-blu-day / dvd.
It is interesting that the official news release below indicates that a new animated series is the works, but that it is “set in a time period previously untouched in Star Wars films or television programming.”
With how touchy TPTB at Star Wars seem to be about the new Trilogy era post Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, I expect the series to take place either between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope or even pre- Episode I: The Phantom Menace. With the success of the Old Republic videogame, is an animated series set in that era in the offing? Or could we be getting a “brand new” Star Wars era for animated TV?
Fun times ahead.
Lucasfilm’s official news release is below.
A New Direction for Lucasfilm Animation
March 11, 2013
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 [this video]… 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.
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Source: Star Wars dot com