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With the Star Wars franchise under new ownership, Lucasfilm is tying up loose ends left before Disney purchased the company. Today’s announcement from the company concerns Lucasfilm Animation, which produced the successful The Clone Wars series, which aired on Cartoon Network for five seasons. Lucasfilm announced that the series will not be continuing and that a comedy series titled Star Wars: Detours has been cancelled as well.
In a press release posted at StarWars.com, Lucasfilm said that it is winding down the Clone Wars, which fleshed out the events between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. The show ran for five seasons, with its fifth just recently coming to an end.
In a video, supervising director Dave Filoni said that there are still several arcs left for them to cover, but it is not clear how those will be seen. Lucasfilm called it “bonus content,” but didn’t say where it would be available. Maybe on future DVD releases? The video does include some new footage.
Lucasfilm also said that Detours, a series developed by Robot Chicken’s Seth Green, Matthew Senreich and Todd Grimes, will not be going forward. The series was conceived as a extension of Green’s Robot Chicken parodies of Star Wars and had been endorsed by George Lucas. In the release, the company notes that it has “reconsidered whether launching an animated comedy prior to the launch of Episode VII makes sense.”
This was also supposed to air on Cartoon Network, but a premiere date was never revealed. It’s likely that the trailer is all we’ll ever see of it.
Since Lucasfilm and Disney’s new Star Wars films will be set after the Original Trilogy, it looks like Star Wars fans may have seen the end of Lucasfilm’s focus on the Prequels.
Episode VII will be released in 2015 and directed by J.J. Abrams.