Lucasfilm announces end to Clone Wars, teases new Star Wars toon

We were wondering how new Star Wars flicks would affect the rest of the franchise, and now we're getting some answers.

Lucasfilm announced Monday that it will begin pursuing "a new direction in animated programming" as the company prepares for the next Star Wars film trilogy. As part of that new direction, the company announced that after five seasons and more than 100 episodes on Cartoon Network, it will "wind down" the critically acclaimed Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series.

"Because of these new exciting changes and things happening, other things have to wind down and come to a close, and that's what we're going to be doing with Star Wars: The Clone Wars," Clone Wars Supervising Director Dave Filoni said.

But "wind down" is a key phrase here, because the Clone Wars saga is not over yet, and Lucasfilm also announced that it will be releasing additional episodes of the series soon that will resolve some of the show's key plot points.

"It's not over yet. In fact, the best is yet to come," Filoni said. "We have some of the most exciting, some of the most important story arcs. You know there are still some gaps in there, things that are really crucial to the overall story arc of the Star Wars universe that we need to finish off and tell you. They are the best episodes that my crew has ever committed to screen."

No word yet on exactly when the additional episodes will be available, or how they'll be available, but if you're a Clone Wars fan you can at least look forward to a few more things to watch.

In addition, Lucasfilm announced that the release of Star Wars: Detours, the comedy series co-created by Robot Chicken's Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, has been postponed until "a later date."

"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," the company said in an official annoucement.

But this isn't the end of Star Wars animation on TV. Though the details are very, very scant right now, Lucasfilm has revealed that a new animated series is in the works, and it'll be unlike anything we've seen before from Star Wars animation.

"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."

So, that's one show ending, one show put indefinitely on hold and one show on the way. It's a big day for Lucasfilm speculation. What do you think? Where will the next Star Wars animation venture take us?

And check out the video below for a message from Filoni and a sneak peek at the forthcoming bonus episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.


(Via Star Wars)

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