STAR WARS REBELS, New Animated Series, Coming Fall 2014 to Disney XD
The answer to the question that fans of Star Wars: The Clone Wars have been asking since it closed a few months ago has been answered. For some, the answer is coming sooner than they thought. The question was: Will there be any more Star Wars Animated Series before or after Episode VII comes out in 2015? Well, production has begun on Star Wars Rebels, an all-new animated television series, based in the Star Wars Universe, in the era between Episode III and Episode IV. Scheduled to premiere in fall 2014 as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel, it will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world.
Leading the development of the series is an extremely talented group of exceptional animators. Screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class, Sherlock Holmes, Mr. & Mrs. Smith) is an executive producer on Star Wars Rebels and will write the premiere episode. He is joined by Dave Filoni as executive producer, who served as supervising director of the Emmy nominated Star Wars: The Clone Wars since 2008. Executive producer Greg Weisman brings with him a wealth of animation experience with credits such as Young Justice, The Spectacular Spider-Man and Gargoyles. I LOVED Gargoyles! Kilian Plunkett, Art Director, has been pegged to utilize the recently opened-up archives of Ralph McQuarrie to lend to the look and feel of this new animated series. He will be complemented by Joel Aron, CG Supervisor, who will be trying to make the Ralph McQuarrie designs come to life in a realistic way.
Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide, said, “The entire team at Lucasfilm has provided extraordinary creativity and innovation for over three decades, and we’re thrilled to be bringing the expansive and imaginative world of Star Wars to Disney XD’s viewers.”
“I couldn’t be more excited to explore new corners of the Star Wars universe,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president, Lucasfilm. “I think Star Wars Rebels will capture the look, feel and fun that both kids and their parents love about Star Wars.”
The action-filled series is set between the events of Episode III and IV — an era spanning almost two decades never-before explored on-screen. Star Wars Rebels takes place in a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape. Details about the show are a closely guarded secret at this point.
I am stoked to see that Ralph McQuarrie’s vision of Star Wars will be making it on the screen for an animated series. I have been a big fan of Ralph McQuarrie for years. This should be a very cool series, if they can capture the feeling of all those designs.
Star Wars Rebels will be produced by Lucasfilm Animation, featuring many of the key talents that made Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Fans attending Star Wars Celebration Europe will be the first to get an exclusive look at the new series. Casting will be announced at a later date. More information about this developing project will be found on StarWars.com and on Facebook at facebook.com/starwarsrebels.