Star Wars: The Clone Wars set to return
The Clone Wars is saved!
Having ended after five fantastic series on broadcast TV the series is set to return on Disney’s direct to consumer with 12 brand new episodes that will finally tie up the series. Created by George Lucas himself in 2008 the Emmy award-winning show has become beloved by Star Wars fans.
The announcement came during The Clone Wars 10th anniversary panel at San Diego Comic Con and will see the revisit all the favourite characters from the original show including Asoka. Set between Episode 2 and Episode 3, the show explores the battles and characters that made that time period so dramatic and interesting to fans. Supervising director and icon among fans Dave Filoni will finally get to finish the stories he helped craft and based on the most recent animated series Star Wars Rebels, we are in for a rollercoaster of action and narrative.
Dave Filoni sat down with StarWars.com to give the following interview.
StarWars.com: Did you ever think this would be possible? That we’d get here?
Dave Filoni: No. I didn’t, I really didn’t.
StarWars.com: What can you say about the fans’ enthusiasm over the years and, really, their role in making this happen?
Dave Filoni: Well, thankfully, their enthusiasm is relentless. Their love of these characters and stories hasn’t diminished. I actually think their voice has gotten louder as the years have gone by. It’s been very humbling to have their support and to have people continue to hashtag me, “#SaveTheCloneWars.”
StarWars.com: To you personally, what does it mean to get to finish it?
Dave Filoni: Personally, it’s very rewarding. Any opportunity to put the final pieces of the story in place is meaningful as a storyteller. I’m happy for the opportunity to define these things and the end of this part of the Clone War. It also makes me reflect on all the people that I got to work with over the years. It reinforces the things I learned from George. It reminds me of the important elements that go into making Star Wars. So, it’s nice on several levels, and I think for the crew that’s still here that worked on Clone Wars, they feel that, as well.
StarWars.com: What do you think it is, 10 years later now, that made this show resonate so much with people, and made it stick with them, and gave it the strength to come back?
Dave Filoni: I think the variety of stories was a big part of it. You also can’t underestimate how important it was that so many people grew up with the show. Clone Wars was a piece of Star Wars that older fans might have, initially, not taken seriously because it was animated, but that wasn’t a barrier for kids. They loved the clones and identified with them. Ahsoka gave kids a character that was like them — someone their age that was experiencing life’s challenges and learning along the way. Plus, having a new episode each week really allowed us to explore what was going on with the new and legacy characters in a dynamic way, including Anakin and Obi-Wan. I think the stories left an indelible impression and, of course, George knew it would. He always knew.
For me this is a fantastic move by Disney and Lucasfilm and gives me even more reason to sign up to Disney’s streaming service as soon as it goes live.
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