New Animated Series Coming 2014: Star Wars Rebels

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In a move that will help ease the passing of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, this week Lucasfilm announced the development of a brand new animated series, titled Star Wars Rebels. The project is to be helmed by TCW director Dave Filoni and will focus on events between Episodes III and IV. According to Filoni, the art direction of the series (both in design and color palette) will be heavily influenced by Ralph McQuarrie’s concept art for the Original Trilogy. As a result, some designs such as the proto-X-Wing pictured above, may find their way into the series. Click below the jump for the announcement video, featuring an interview with Filoni himself!

 

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Clone Wars Season 6! (sorta)

Earlier this year, Lucasfilm (now under Disney Management™) stuck a dagger in the hearts of fans of the popular and acclaimed animated television series: The Clone Wars. Not only would the series end after this, its fifth season, but the status of material already in development (some of which had already been completed) was in doubt.

However, all is not lost. During Disney’s Star Wars Weekends, director Dave Filoni unveiled a “Season 6″ clip featuring Yoda requiring Anakin’s help in defying the orders of the Jedi Council. It’s a tantalizing look at the deeper subtexts the series was preparing to explore before its untimely demise. The completed material is expected to be part of “bonus content” – though where and how that content will be available remains unclear. Click below  for the two-and-a-half minute clip.

 

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New Animated Series Pitch Gives Clues?

All stemming from an IMDB post from a former employee of Lucasfilm regarding something Dave Filoni (of The Clone Wars) was working on. The ex employee does not say this is definite but it might shed a light as to what’s on their minds.

Clues to Episode VII?

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ABC to look into live action Star Wars TV

Star Wars 1313 – Live Action Series Also?

ABC to look into live action Star Wars on TV!

With fifty scripts done, ABC is said to be looking into the possibility of finally brancing Star Wars out to live action TV.  It is at its initial stages however and costs have previously proved insurmountable.

ABC entertainment president Paul Lee says he’s going to take a look at the long-gestating Star Wars live-action TV series now that the Disney deal to acquire Lucasfilm is complete.

“We’d love to do something with Lucasfilm, we’re not sure what yet,” Lee exclusively told EW. “We haven’t even sat down with them. We’re going to look at [the live-action series], we’re going to look at all of them, and see what’s right. We weren’t able to discuss this with them until [the acquisition] closed and it just closed. It’s definitely going to be part of the conversation.”

Lee said he wasn’t sure if the project was still viable. “It’s going to be very much up to the Lucasfilm brands how they want to play it,” he said. “We got to a point here with Marvel, a very special point, where we’re in the Marvel universe, and very relevantly so, but we’re not doing The Avengers. But S.H.I.E.L.D. is part of The Avengers. So maybe something oblique is the way to [approach the Star Wars universe] rather than going straight head-on at it.”

Hopefully this will become a reality!

Entertainment Weekly Online

 

Clone Wars: Volume 3: 3.17

“Ghosts of Mortis”

The trilogy comes to a close and it is definitely a worthwhile finale. I still hold that this would have been better if it would have stayed just the first episode. With that being said, there is enough in this episode to be well worth a watch!

The Father determines that with the daughter dead, the only way to maintain the balance is to kill the son and Anakin agrees. Anakin gets to have a little one on one time with the ghost of Qui-Gon who offers little but to trust his instincts. Meanwhile Obi-Wan and Ahsoka are left trying to fix the shuttle so they can leave.

Anakin is led to the well of the Dark Side where he is confronted and in turn recruited by the son. Anakin doesn’t fall easily (save the Episode III jokes for those who didn’t like it), but is bombarded by images of the future which is quite cool for the Star Wars fan. We see Obi-Wan screaming that he was his brother and we see Anakin choking younglings and Padme as well. All showcasing the future of the dark lord to be.

Anakin partially succumbs not really by choice but by infection and he helps the Son go towards the shuttle. Anakin is cured by the Father and the battle with the son is on. The son, empowered by the sword is more than a match for the Jedi until the father sacrifices himself which depowers the son. Anakin slides up behind after the son feels remorse for his father dying. Anakin puts the lightsaber through the son killing him.

Overall another decent episode made great due to the foreshadowing shown. Necessary? Probably not, but much worthier than a lot of the other randomness in some episodes.

B+