- "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."
- ―Lucasfilm press release[src]
In 2005, George Lucas announced that Lucasfilm would be producing Star Wars television shows, specifically an animated series and a live-action series. From 2008 to 2013, Lucasfilm aired Star Wars: The Clone Wars on Cartoon Network. The show was canceled after Lucasfilm was purchased by The Walt Disney Company, but Disney has said that Star Wars will still have a future on the small screen.
This page documents information about the upcoming animated series, as well as some of the other projects that may still be developed.
New animated series
After the cancellation of The Clone Wars, Lucasfilm suggested that there would be a new Star Wars animated series. Layoffs at Lucasfilm Animation cast doubt as to whether such a series would be produced, but Dave Filoni, the supervising director on The Clone Wars, stated that he was remaining with the company and that he was involved in early discussions about the future of Star Wars animation. According to Filoni, he is "involved in some early production discussions and exploration of what we'll be doing with Star Wars animation in the future" and that "it's a transition time...and I think it will lead to an exciting time." Filoni did not comment on what the focus of a future show would be or when it would be released. Lucasfilm has, however, stated that the series will be set in a period "previously untouched in Star Wars films or television programming."
In April 2013, a supposed plot outline for a series called Star Wars: Reclamation was released online. The outline placed the series in the years between Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi and Star Wars Episode VII, and it featured characters such as Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia, but Lucasfilm stated that it was a hoax and not created by Lucasfilm.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
The announcement of the sequel trilogy led to Lucasfilm charting a new direction for Star Wars in March 2013, including in animated programming. Along with revealing that a new animated series is in the works, Lucasfilm announced that Star Wars: The Clone Wars would be winding down. As part of that, new episodes would not be produced, effectively cancelling the series after five seasons.
Despite its cancellation, supervising director Dave Filoni announced that new "story arcs" for The Clone Wars, arcs originally created for a possible sixth season, were still in development. Lucasfilm referred to these remaining episodes as "bonus content" and said that they would release more information about how and when these episodes would be made available. During his announcement, Filoni released a clip from the remaining episodes that showed a clone trooper being manipulated into killing a Jedi, thereby showing the origins of Order 66.
Star Wars: Underworld
Star Wars: Underworld is the working title of a planned Star Wars live-action television series, first announced in 2005. The series, 50 episodes of which have been written, is set in the "dark times" between Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and focuses on characters who were not major players in the films. It was also confirmed that the series would borrow some elements from the films, such as the rise of the Galactic Empire, podracing, and bounty hunting. One rumored character is Boba Fett. The series never moved into production, however, due to cost issues; according to George Lucas, "it looks like the Star Wars features, but we have to figure out how to make it about a tenth of the cost of the features, because it's television... It's just a very difficult process."
Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm cast further doubt on the future of the series. In January 2013, ABC's President of Entertainment, Paul Lee, said that the network would be looking at the series. Lee told Entertainment Weekly, "We'd love to do something with Lucasfilm, we're just not sure what yet. 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... It's definitely going to be part of the conversation."
Star Wars Detours
Star Wars Detours was an animated comedy series being produced by Seth Green. The series was set to take a comedic look at what daily life was like in the Star Wars galaxy, and was described as "the other side of the stars, between the wars." The earliest announcement of Detours was in 2009, when George Lucas said that a new animated series was being produced, and Lucasfilm officially announced Detours in 2010.
On March 11, 2013, Detours was postponed by Lucasfilm. According to Lucasfilm, "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. As a result, we've decided to postpone the release of Detours until a later date."