If there’s any modern portion of the Star Wars universe that still commands some esteem, it seems to be the animated Clone Wars series led by Dave Filoni (who directed the film and acted as supervising director on the show).
Well chalk one in the “win” column for Disney- they’ve just unveiled Star Wars: Rebels, a new 3D animated project from largely the same crew that will bridge the gap between Episode III and Episode IV, pulling heavily from the concept work and design illustrations of Ralph McQuarrie. This will be another example of original Star Wars concepts coming to life. The timing also means that all the familiar characters will be involved, making this a very central, important storytelling endeavor for the Star Wars U.
Screenwriter Simon Kinberg is an active Executive Producer, adding this series to his Star Wars slate that also includes advising on Episode VII and a spin-off film of his own.
A video with some of the principle creatives discussing the project can be seen above, while the full release from StarWars.com is below. The show will premiere in 2014 on Disney XD.
NEW ANIMATED SERIES STAR WARS REBELS COMING FALL 2014
May 20, 2013
Production has begun on Star Wars Rebels, an exciting, all-new animated television series based on one of the greatest entertainment franchises of all time. Scheduled to premiere in fall 2014 as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel, it will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world.
Leading the development of the series is a creative team of exceptional talent. Screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class, Sherlock Holmes, Mr. & Mrs. Smith) is an executive producer on Star Wars Rebels and will write the premiere episode. He is joined by Dave Filoni as executive producer, who served as supervising director of the Emmy nominated Star Wars: The Clone Wars since 2008. Executive producer Greg Weisman brings with him a wealth of animation experience with credits such as Young Justice, The Spectacular Spider-Man and Gargoyles.
Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide, said, “The entire team at Lucasfilm has provided extraordinary creativity and innovation for over three decades, and we’re thrilled to be bringing the expansive and imaginative world of Star Wars to Disney XD’s viewers.”
“I couldn’t be more excited to explore new corners of the Star Wars universe,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president, Lucasfilm. “I think Star Wars Rebels will capture the look, feel and fun that both kids and their parents love about Star Wars.”
The action-filled series is set between the events of Episode III and IV — an era spanning almost two decades never-before explored on-screen. Star Wars Rebels takes place in a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape. Details about the show are a closely guarded secret at this point.
Star Wars Rebels will be produced by Lucasfilm Animation, featuring many of the key talents that made Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Fans attending Star Wars Celebration Europe will be the first to get an exclusive look at the new series. Casting will be announced at a later date. More information about this developing project will be found on StarWars.com and on Facebook at facebook.com/starwarsrebels.