‘Star Wars: Clone Wars’ Returns For Season 7 (in Book Form)

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It may have begun its life as a fill-in animated series, but Star Wars: The Clone Wars came to be a legitimate hit for many fans; and not just because it offered a detailed, canonical look at the years-long battle. Before long, the characters created just for the series had gained impressive fan followings – which made the show’s cancellation even more of a shock. Luckily, the minds behind the series have revealed that some of their best stories will be reaching fans in a different form – and may be even better because of it.

In a Comic-Con panel for the upcoming Star Wars Rebels series, Disney’s plan for expanding on the canon fiction of the upcoming Star Wars universe became clearer. Beginning with “Star Wars: A New Dawn” – a prequel to Rebels – an entirely new universe of extended fiction will be born. A standalone novel “Tarkin” will chronicle the eponymous Grand Moff’s rise to power, followed by “Lords of the Sith,” recounting the forged alliance between Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine.

But one novel in particular caught the attention of those present: a story starring Clone Wars antagonist Asajj Ventress and Jedi Master Quinlan Vos. And while the announcement was limited to a single piece of artwork, Clone Wars director Dave Filoni confirmed that the novel’s story was originally going to be shown on TV – along with her new haircut:

“She grew hair! That was something that we had planned to animate in the series. We had several episodes left with Ventress’ arc, and when we sat down for the later seasons of The Clone Wars, [George Lucas] wrote this dynamic tale that involved both Quinlan Vos and Ventress. It was something that we were really excited about on the production team because we thought of all the characters developed for The Clone Wars, Ventress had become one of the most interesting.

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“I thought since Ventress had moved away from being a Sith, and her shaved head really represented some kind of following and loyalty to that way that she would let it grow out… They did this beautiful piece of artwork… rendered beautifully and realistically for how she was going to appear in, I guess, Season 7 it would have been, of Clone Wars. This story is based on the scripts that we had written with George Lucas. Something happens between her and Quinlan Vos. So I’m super excited about this book.

“We had these great ideas for Asajj Ventress, and now they’re going to come to life in a book. To me, the whole thing is just getting the story told.”

Written by Christie Golden, the details of the story is still being kept quiet. But Filoni assured fans that while a step from the screen to an expanded universe novel might be a turn off for some fans, the end result is an even better opportunity for the writers to complete the character’s story:

Pablo Hidalgo (a member of the story group for Rebels) reiterated the point, revealing that a novel could be far more “adult” than Clone Wars‘ target audience would have allowed:

“One of the things that we’re excited about is: in addition to time to expand the space, you’ll notice that the stories which involve Asajj, or the Night Sisters, or some of the darker elements of Clone Wars, they really push the boundaries of where you can go on an animated show… And we think that a format like a book can really get inside that psychology and space that might be a little too intense for an animated show.”

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Finishing one character’s story is a nice dose of fan service, but Filoni went on to explain that potential novels wrapping up the arcs of even more cast members could be even more faithfully executed than one might think:

“We had so many stories planned with George [Lucas] on Clone Wars… and I don’t think this is too much of a giveaway: if we do decide to make a book based on those characters, oftentimes the kernel of the idea will come from scripts that George and I wrote with the writing team. We have production art, environments, backgrounds, spaceships, character details.

“In some cases… this is a bit of a giveaway… but, in some cases we shot a bunch of stuff that never got animated. But it was all shot proxy, so I can sit someone down and they can actually watch it on some rudimentary level.”

It’s worth pointing out that Filoni was speaking in hypothetical terms, but with the company already investing in a single novel based on a Clone Wars character, it’s not strange to think that more could follow. So although fans will still be rightly disappointed that subplots were left unresolved in the series itself, the adoration of fans isn’t lost on those capable of righting that wrong.

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When one romantic subplot in particular – that of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Satine Kryz – was brought up, Filoni gave fans reason to hope:

“Oh I’ve given that topic considerable thought. In fact I have a massive email chain with Pablo here about everything that goes down, and some of it is completely scandalous. I think it’s an interesting story, I would be all for it. I would support that fully.”

Take these comments with a grain of salt, but it’s clear that the ‘replacement’ of Clone Wars with Rebels hasn’t stripped the series (or its beloved cast) from the minds of its creators. One step at a time though: who will be interested in picking up a printed conclusion to Asajj Ventress’ saga?

Star Wars Rebels premieres on Disney XD in Fall 2014.

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  1. I hated to see Clone Wars end. I really wanted to see how Ahsoka Tano’s character would end. I hope they can tie up these loose ends for our favorite characters in novel form. I know I would read them with pleasure!

    • +1

    • Yeah Osoka is the biggest unknown to the series u wish they wrapped up! Of course I loved the return of Darth Maul and seeing Palpatine at his best. But I really wish I could have seen Osoka’s story. Of course Ventress is a really cool villian too. But more on what happens to Maul would be cool too.

  2. This is the first piece of news I have heard from Disney’ Star Wars that I have loved. I am so worried for Saga, but if we can get a whole series of books based in the Clone wars using the show as a basis, I will jump up and down

  3. Quinlan Vos boom one of my favorite characters in the EU. Will be nice to see him get some more time to shine. Plus Asajj was just a badass will be very interesting to see what happens with her

    • Dude, rumor is she will be in rebels!! After all, she would have survived order 66, no longer being a jedi;)

  4. Why not just make movies straight to bluray? F novels, that’s a step down… I was really upset with the last season…

    • I think it’s very possible that one day with the new films going and Rebels established that Clone Wars will return in animated form for some limited series run or TV movies.

      Consider that the series was completely finished in script terms. Vocal tracks for the entire series may have been done as well or close to it. Consider that the Season 6 tracks were done several years ago. I would think that at least up to Season 7 was done. Also with all sorts of pre-viz work done the real probem is the huge cost of each episode. Rebels is a far less expensive show.

      Since some 47 to 53 episodes still need to be done I don’t think they would do them all but only the most essential ones. Son of Dathomir is pretty essential and maybe it came really close to being made so they decided to put out the comic. I think that one day we’ll also see it in animated form.

  5. A novel? meh.

  6. What about Darth Maul?? there is definantly more to that story after Sidious left him alive but we had no idea what he did with him??

    • Dark Horse Comics’ “Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir” covers that one. I think there’s a few issues of it out already… waiting on the trade paperback myself.

  7. Disney killed off one of the best animated series on television. It was written for adults and yet appeals to kids as well and that’s how a good film is made, its how the original movies were made. But the “new” Rebels is written for 6 year olds and it shows it from the bad storyline to the ridiculous characters they are introducing. Now Disney is going to steal elements from the animated series for the new cartoon and they will pull EU elements from the books and then claim its all their original writing.

  8. i will forever keep hating Disney because of what they did with great animated series … first they buy Marvel and have the courage of cancelling Spectacular Spider-Man , a huge fan favorite , and then some time later they give us Ultimate Spider-Man , a show that to me it didn’t make much sense from the first couple of episodes so i stopped watching … the same thing happened with Star Wars , Disney bought it and they decided to just slap the fans in the face with a phone book by cancelling The Clone Wars , another fan favorite and award winning animated series , promising after a while that they will bring us another series called Rebels that will take place between Episode 3 and 4 … now , the series hasn’t even started and i’m already afraid that it will fail our expectations … from The Clone Wars series we still need to know what will happen to Assaj Ventress , where is Ahsoka Tano , and most important , what are Palpatine’s plans with Maul ? i like reading , i like books , but seriously Disney , turning a series from animation to paper just won’t do it for me , yes it will give my mind freedom to imagine the scenes the way i want but i will not be the same as watching epic space battles between the Republic and Separatists or watching epic lightsaber duels between Jedi and Sith , because those are things that no matter how much you put on paper i won’t have the same feel … so please Disney , think about us , the fans that are still a bit heartbroken by the cancellation of The Clone Wars and bring the series that we all love back …

  9. i wish anakin skywalker is in season 7

  10. now it feels like cwa is coming back just because it is going to be based on the book of the tv show

  11. Disney, i love the fact that your keeping starwars alive. I love the fact that your going to make a lot of starwars movies, and continue the saga. But im going to be honest here, and this is coming staright from my heart. I honestly hate the fact you canceled one of the greatest animated, sci fi shows that was ever put on TV. It was getting so good to the point where i couldnt sleep for the next episode. But the day i found out that the clonewars wars was cancelled by you guys, i literally almost broke my computer screen, i think i cried harder then when my girl friend dumped me haha, but im serious. I ask that you please please let netflix continue the series or please make a conclusion movie to the clonewars…let dave finish the series for god’s sake. starwars the clonewars is like the prequels on steroids, A VAST MEGA IMPROVMENT. In a new hope when obi one was telling luke about anakins history and the clonewars, i literally though of the animated anakin, and the clonewars series…thats how amazing it was

  12. Not only did they cancel one of the best shows ever, but they shut down one of the best game studios ever. Lucas Arts. When will the inhumanity end?

  13. Sad to see my favorite show end but I agree that the prospect of books written for an adult audience will allow the writers more freedom so this would be a welcome consulation :)

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