Yes, a lot of Star Wars projects have landed on the chopping block since Disney bought out LucasFilm. But despite the bloodshed, it sounds like that new animated series we've heard about is still plugging along through development.
The beloved animated series Star Wars: Clone Wars is already winding down, and the epic Blade Runner-ish video game Star Wars: 1313 is also on the skids, but Clone Wars supervising director Dave Filoni says he’s already working with Disney to prep a new animated series set in Lucas’ playground. So, fingers crossed.
Here’s what he was willing to tell IGN about the project:
“At this point, I am involved in some early production discussions and exploration of what we’ll be doing with Star Wars animation in the future, which is really exciting for me and I have some friendly faces around me, of course, that are helping me on the project. So it’s a transition time, as I’ve said before, and I think it will lead to an exciting time and hopefully I’ll see things grow again.”
As for Disney’s decision to shutter LucasArts and layoff about 150 employees? It’s sad, but a nature of the business, and all he can do is keep plugging away and hope for the best:
“It’s a function of our industry… It’s not my favorite part. You can luckily grow things and bring on many talented people, but there become times when you have to shrink things as well. We happen to be in one of those times right now, but that just paves the way, hopefully, for new things and new creativity in the future.”
Now that we know Disney is prepping a new animated series, what direction would you like them to take the franchise?