Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm and push to get Star Wars Episode VII into cinemas by 2015 has finally impacted the ongoing animated television series Star Wars The Clone Wars and the planned Star Wars Detours animated comedy series.
This morning Lucasfilm announced that the recently wrapped fifth season of Star Wars The Clone Wars would be its last on the Cartoon Network and that the franchise will be winding down. New “story arcs” are still in development and will be distributed as “bonus content” somewhere. This could be on television via Disney XD, via the web, or direct-to-DVD and Blu-ray. Lucasfilm isn’t sharing the distribution method at this time.
In the pipeline as revealed at Star Wars Celebration VI last fall was a new animated comedy series from Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, and Todd Grimes titled Star Wars Detours. This series has been put on indefinite hold due to the imminent arrival of Episode 7.
“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,” reads the press release. “As a result, we’ve decided to postpone the release of Detours until a later date.”
On the bright side, Lucasfilm has announced a new animated television series set during a “time period previously untouched in Star Wars films or television programming” is currently in the works. The popular choice for this new series would be between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope; however, Lucasfilm could also set the new series to take place immediately after Return of the Jedi to help set up Episode 7.
More details about this new Star Wars animated series are due in the months ahead.
Source: Star Wars