Lucasfilm announced today is will wrap production of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Detours so they can completely focus on Star Wars Episode VII:
“After five highly successful and critically acclaimed seasons of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, we feel the time has come to wind down the series” the announcement said.
Supervising Director Dave Filoni said in a video posted on StarWars.com he was contacted and hired by Lucusfilm in 2005. George Lucas initially told Filoni they planned to make 100 episodes of the The Clone Wars. They kept it going for five seasons.
After being moved to Saturday mornings The Clone Wars was the number 1 Cartoon Network show for boys 9-14. It’s worth noting, now that Lucasfilm is owned by Walt Disney Co., that Cartoon Network is owned by rival Time Warner Inc.
Fans of the cartoon series can look forward to some elements from its stories continuing in a different way. Filoni said, “While the studio is no longer producing new episodes for Cartoon Network, we’re continuing production on new Clone Wars story arcs that promise to be some of the most thrilling adventures ever seen.”
Lucasfilm also announced that it would postpone plans to produce Seth Green’s animated comedy series Star Wars Detours:
“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.”
Lucasfilm hasn’t confirmed it yet, but Kotaku received a tip thatmultiplayer shooting game, Star Wars: First Assault has also been put on hold while Disney decides whether or not to complete, finish, and release it.
Star Wars: Episode VII will be written by Michael Arndt and directed by J.J. Abrams.