Rumor: ‘Star Wars: Reclamation’ Animated Series To Act As ‘Episode 7′ Prequel

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Star Wars Reclamation Rumor Rumor: Star Wars: Reclamation Animated Series To Act As Episode 7 Prequel

Despite the mounting excitement for the continuation of the Star Wars saga – set to be kicked off with Star Wars: Episode VII in 2015 – the past few months have been filled with disappointment for fans of Lucasfilm’s animated offerings. Just one month after Star Wars: The Clone Wars was going to be cancelled to make way for a different kind of animated programming, we may now know what that successor will be.

Reports of an animated series by the name of Star Wars: Reclamation have surfaced online, telling a tale set fifteen years after the end of Return of the Jedi. Sporting a cast of characters both old and new, the (rumored) series would help set the stage for the themes and plot of Episode VII, which is still two years away.

At this point we’d recommend that any news concerning Star Wars or Lucasfilm’s plans for the future be taken with a grain of salt, for more than a few reasons. It’s no coincidence that the announcement of layoffs at the now Disney-owned company precedes these rumors of Reclamation – uncovered by – in fact, the source behind the released plot synopsis claims they are one such former employee.

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According to the source, Star Wars: Reclamation was being developed as far back as early 2012, only being given the green light in January 2013. Since they no longer work with the company it’s impossible to know if the Reclamation pitch hasn’t changed in the meantime. But given Disney’s desire to move away from the second trilogy and focus on the future, an animated series filling in the gaps between Episodes II and III makes little sense.

A show helping bridge the gap between Episode VI and the world just starting to be constructed for Episode VII? Now we’re talking. Here’s how Reclamation will (or was planned to) help set the stage, taken from the leaked synopsis:

RECLAMATION is a character-driven war epic set in the storied STAR WARS universe. Making use of decades of media as influence, it will be and all-new story designed to introduce the audience to themes and characters pivotal to EPISODE VII and beyond.

Drawing from the talent and workflow structure employed in the creation of THE CLONE WARS animated series, our goal with RECLAMATION is to create a show with similarly wide appeal in terms of viewership and marketing possibilities. Besides again targeting children and young adults, we believe we can also appeal to the 18-49 demographic, by focusing on the ORIGINAL TRILOGY era characters and imagery.

Fifteen years have passed since RETURN OF THE JEDI and the death of Anakin Skywalker. The Galactic Empire has been beheaded for over a decade, but a state of civil war continues…The Union of Imperial Loyalists, a loose alliance of systems loyal to the Empire’s cause, refuses to cease hostilities until Coruscant is surrendered and abandoned.

Our story begins at a turning point in the struggle. Supreme Chancellor Mon Mothma and Vice Chair Leia Organa are due to meet Grand Moff Ono in the first round of long-awaited peace talks…Everyone in the room — Republic, Union, and Jedi alike — are shocked as legions of black droids issue forth from the depths of Coruscant, destroying indiscriminately.

The aftermath of this attack sets the stage for an unlikely and uneasy alliance. Republic and Loyalist worlds are forced to unite to repel the unforeseen threat concealed beneath their very feet. The self-replicating machines lead heroes on both sides on a journey into the underworld — where technology and the Force itself collide — to uncover a mystery almost as old as the Republic itself: the dark legacy of Level 1313.

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As noted, Supreme Chancellor Mon Mothma will be returning alongside her Vice Chair Leia Organa Solo, struggling to keep the New Republic intact via diplomacy and vigilance. Also included are Kala Calrissian, a previously unknown relative of Lando (could this mean the Calrissians will appear in Episode VII?); and Manco, a “mysterious Mandalorian” who may or may not be tied to the Coruscant attacks, and is blessed with a transforming biotic arm.

The brief character descriptions do offer a bit more nuance and depth of character than Star Wars is typically known for; even if they only act as back-story, the potential for less-than-cookie-cutter characters is present. Take, for instance, Sky Bonteri: Vice Chair Organa’s personal guard, and one of the few Jedi who had the opportunity to grow up independently (and being groomed for politics), before being told what was right to feel and not feel as a member of the Jedi Order.

The ‘villains’ aren’t as evil as Star Wars fans are used to either, as the central antagonist, President of the United Imperial Loyalists ‘Rath Zel-Quul’ isn’t the mindless soldier that ‘Imperials’ are usually implied to be. As a former general, Zel-Quul was dishonorably discharged prior to the Emperor’s death due to his unwillingness to commit war atrocities. As the elected leader of remaining Imperial loyalists, Zel-Quul is more interested in peace than bloodshed. As a bonus for fans, Zel-Quul is also a Chiss – meaning even if the Thrawn Trilogy isn’t adapted for the sequels, there will still be a blue-skinned baddie to root for.

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While it stops short of painting the Jedi/Republic side as villains, it does show potential for more complex plot lines – possibly one of the reasons the show’s creators feel it could also be successful among adults, not just children. As any fan of The Clone Wars will attest, there were times in that series when the staff of writers wasn’t told they were writing for children, and actually put together story arcs on par with the best of the extended fiction.

The prevalence of Coruscant’s Level 1313 certainly raises some suspicions, given the troubled path LucasArts has found telling that story themselves. Unsurprisingly, Coruscant’s most notorious level was going to act as the backdrop of the now-cancelled Star Wars 1313, since revealed to have been chronicling the early years of Boba Fett. Whether that means 1313 will be important in setting up Episode VII – implying these documents are accurate – or that Reclamation’s plot is part of a marketing strategy Lucasfilm is abandoning remains to be seen.

Of course, there’s also the chance this is all an elaborate ruse on the part of a random Star Wars fan. But if it brings forward more fan art of Leia Organa and Han Solo set within the Clone Wars universe, it might be worth it.

We’ll keep you updated on this report as information arrives, but is this a strategy for providing context for Episode VII that you would be interested in? Should J.J. Abrams be entrusted with continuing the saga, or has Clone Wars convinced you that expanding on the main films is worthwhile? Share your take in the comments.


Star Wars Episode VII is currently targeting a 2015 release.

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  1. Sounds to me like if this is real, it’ll be like the original Clone Wars show that Genndy Tartakovsky created that sat between Episode II and led directly into the opening sequence from Episode III by showing how Anakin got the scar on his right eye and had the Jedi scrambling into craft to rescue Palpatine from Count Dooku in the very last episode.

  2. Whil i think this would make for an interesting show, I don’t want this as the major premise for Episode 7 or beyond. I am intrigued by the Black Droids appearing out of the heart of Courasant, didn’t we just get done seeing how inferior droids are to clone now stormtroopers? Good idea for a show but not a movie or a trilogy.

  3. What is the meaning of Level 1313? I loved the movies, but a little rusty on my post-Star Wars history. I would love to see Janina, Jacen, and even Anakin Solo in Force training. Even a spin off animated series of them at the new academy on Yavin 4 would be awesome.

    • None of the EU stuff is likely to appear in the next trilogy or the spin-offs/animations/games. It technically can but Disney would essentially limit themselves and their contractors. Also note that the EU consists of way too many stories that aren’t liked by all the fans. I only like two or three plotlines myself.

      Also, if this news-bit shoul be true, it makes perfect sense why so much content was put on hold recently.

  4. I would love another animated Star Wars show though. I’m still miffed The Clone Wars was canceled.

    • +1

  5. To distance itself from all the previous films in terms of expectations, I’d like to see Disney run an entire new cast based on how the Force was discovered and put to use in the first place. It would be set hundreds (or thousands) of years before the events of ‘Star Wars’ takes place.

    Opportunity to open up the world a bit…

  6. @Stark.

    I completely agree. Whilst Season 5 was indifferent and inferior to Season 3, it was an improvement to last year and this year’s finale was the most mature conclusion of the series yet. Clone Wars was evolving into more that just a kids animated show and its a shame to hear of its cancellation. There are rumoured episodes that have been completed beyond season 5 so its not quite over yet.

    Just makes you think they could just carry on Clone Wars instead of creating another ‘new’ show which will probably be a lot more weaker and child – orientated in comparison.

    The same thing happened before with both the X-Men and Batman 90s shows and Justice League Unlimited.

    • I don’t think the DC Animated Universe is a good example of that at all, knowing everything that branched off of BTAS remained highly successful

      • @ ACW 007 & @ Lebsta

        DC’ s animation, whether in shows or full length films has always been superb IMO. They always are top notch.

        I felt The Clone Wars was really developing into a better, more sophisticated show with each season. You are correct, on the upcoming Clone Wars box set is extra footage and I think an episode that ties every think up.

      • @ACW 007

        I think the example rings true , especially if look at BATS season 1 in particular. Consider how much of an ‘adult’ feel it had with episodes such as Two Face or Clay Face which would have made very good live action films as well. Compare that to the nature of the shows later seasons from its storylines to also the animation style.

        Later shows of The Batman and Batman Brave and Bold etc, lacked the composure and intelligence of BTAS for sure.

    • Still doesnt change the fact that ultimately everyone who watches the show knows how everything turns out. Prequel series are wastes of time imo. There’s no real peril ever for the main characters when you already know how their story ends. Im down for something post Jedi as it can introduce new characters and new material where everything is fresh.

  7. I also read that there was several Jedi in this series which were said to have survived the great Jedi purge. I’m all for new Jedi’s being trained, but I’m completely against surviving Jedi as it takes the impact away of Luke being the last surviving Jedi in the original trilogy.

  8. So you cancel The Clone Wars so you can make another cartoon to be a prequel to your new movie? Come on!

    • The CN run was cancelled. Chunks of season 6 and an undisclosed amount of extra scenes/episodes/content will be made available at some point. Also, the decision makes sense. TCW created lore that might have been inconsistent with the new direction.

  9. Here we go again killing continuity. 15 years later the twins were born and there was no other Chiss other than Thrawn. So in essence forget anything you read or will read and just move along. No one at Lucas (read Disney) gives a damn about the talented authors that have kept the post Jedi world of star wars alive and well for the rest of us. They all managed to keep their eye toward continuity, why the heck cant the TV and Movie writers do the same??? I think I will have to pass on this one.

    • The EU was always just fan fiction. It was never considered part of the main canon. And stop acting like the damn books are historical records that will disappear from your shelves.

    • In the EU there is a Chiss society. One of the newer “main” characters was raised there and has a bodyguard that is a Chiss.

    • So you’re replacing Thrawn with some knock-off guy in a sleaveless vest and a mullet. Way to be original Disney. Oh, and how are you going to rope in the 18-49 demographic with another Clone Wars cgi cartoon? The crap was for little babies. Maybe if you bring back Tartakovsky you might intrigue someone with half a brain…

      • You donkey, this is all fake, maybe next time you should actually read before talking about nonsense.

    • That was always the looming fate of the EU. If it’s any consolation, you can still enjoy the work as non-canon. It’s not like they ordered every piece of work to be burned publicly.

  10. It’s not April 1st is it?

  11. Can they please use CGI animation like Final Fantasy The Spirit Within or something similar.

    • NO! that movie sucked ass.

  12. Interesting. The droids sound like the self-replicating bots from the Fatal Alliance novel for the Old Republic game. As far as the Chiss go, the Imperials knew about them long before Thrawn, so another Chiss in Imperial Service isn’t impossible, especially if he was a disgraced General. The Imperial Army didn’t get a lot of credit in the Empire, pre or post ROTJ. We’ll see how it happens. Clone Wars was blahaverage in any case, since the Clone Wars magically get extended every time Lucas needed a new product. The 2002 mini-series was far better, especially in story and its portrayal of the Jedi in various environments.

  13. About as real as Star Wars underground. And like some have said, if this were legit, Lucasfilm would have contacted IMDB to take it down. And its been well over a week. Fake

  14. YEAAAA

    More Star Wars animated politics!!

  15. You left out the most intriguing part: A character dressed in black, carrying a lightsaber, doing vigilante work in a galaxy distrustful of Force-users and feeding the poor. This character, known as Luke Skywalk.. uh, I mean ‘The Shade,’ is always seen accompanied by his trusty astromech.

    Sure sounds cool to me. Now if the show just introduces us to Luke’s son in time for “Ben” to grow up and be the hero of Episodes 7, 8 and 9, then all will be right with the Star Wars world.

  16. Out of nothing more than respect for the fans I think they should try and wrap up The Clone Wars. Even if they have plans to do a new tv series that leads into the new films, which does make perfect sense and I cannot object to, I really hope they can finish a the story as it will still get views. I think they would probably have wanted at least another series before wrapping it up and concluding the story arc to a satisfying quality. A one off episode will not be good enough. I am very excited for the new live action films but as fans we do appreciate quality programming not getting cancelled, especially when it’s not finished. I mean who would turn off NCIS before Gibbs finds the guilty culprit??? Maybe they could finish off TCW with a movie, just how it started, direct to DVD for all I care!!

  17. Oh man, that would have been genius if they could have tied in Star Wars 1313 with a prequel show and the new trilogy.

  18. I wish Disney would at least finish Star Wars: The Clone Wars first before moving on to another CGI animated series. The Clone Wars was a good show and actually got me back into the Star Wars Saga as a whole. Disney made a wrong move cancelling it prematurely.

    Still, this Reclamation series sounds interesting and I’m glad that its not focusing on another Jedi vs Sith conflict. It also seems to be a lot more grey in terms of morality. If the the Imperial characters are fleshed out as multi-layored characters, it would make the show a good one.

    • It had over 100 episodes, that’s cancelled prematurely to you? It ended pretty well since there’s really nothing else to show.

  19. Whilst not ready to accept it’s legitimacy at face value, it does sound kind of similar to what we should expect in the new trilogy; a galaxy rent asunder by the collapse of the Empire, with both Imperialists and Republicans on either side and a new Jedi order attempting to bring peace and justice to a tumultuous galaxy… made even harder by the emergence of a lethal new threat, which I’m hoping is the Manadalorian shocktroopers (whether they be droid or otherwise) that George Lucas had devised back in the late 1970′s!

    And if this is genuine, who’s betting that that character called The Shade will turn out to be an older Luke Skywalker (now a hermit like Ben Kenobi was in Episode IV), driven to isolation by his connection with Darth Vader and learning the deeper ways of the Force with R2-D2 his only constant companion.

    It does sound kinda cool, does it not…?

  20. Sounds pretty cool, but I’d have preferred a show in a different setting (before Ep1 – the OLD, Old Republic for instance).
    Still, this could be good… I just want a proper animated Star Wars show that appeals to all ages, not a cartoon for kids only.

  21. TCW had quite a few adult oriented episodes. I should know I watch them. Odds are, people assumed it was just for kids because…
    A. They watched all the episodes
    B. They watched an episode or two and assumed it was Just for kids

    It’s either you took your time to watch every episode & say it’s just for kids.
    Or more likely
    You watched an episode or two & just assume its just for kids.

    • I for one, watched all the episodes, and while the majority of them were for all ages, a lot of the episodes and story arcs were VERY much kid-orientated… and it was just plain BAD.
      I mean, have you seen the “D-Squad” story arc? (Just taking the newest example), it was horrible!

      At least the show ended on a high note. I’m happy that my last memory of TCW was with that awesome story…

  22. Sounds bad.

    I am a huge Star Wars fan. Born in 75 Star Wars was my childhood. But I think this is the wrong path. I hope the info is wrong. Regardless they should not have cancelled Clone Wars. Could have kept both fronts going. What Disney has failed to realize I suppose is that Star Wars to kids (like my 10 year old), isn’t Luke Han and Leia. It’s the prequels. Deleting all links to the Star Wars they know just to put in place this new sequel story line will backfire I think, and alienate the newest fans the way that the prequels did the oldest fans.

  23. Im OK with the story. Just as long as the new Black Droids are not as clumsy and corny as the prequel battle droids. Those bumbling battle droids and Jarjar ruined the prequels for me. Going back to the article, the author missed out on the character called the Shade. Who’s identity is unknown, goes around with a hooded black jedi robe and holding nothing but a lightsaber. He is also accompanied by an Astromech droid. Sounds like Luke Skywalker to me. Exciting stuff

  24. I have it on good authority from a very reliable source that this a bunch of crap.

  25. i would love to see stories from any and all time periods of the star wars universe from beginning dawn of the jedi to future legacy era. being a huge fan of the books and out of respect of the most talented group of writers all i ask is that they remain accurate to the books story line.

    • Why? it’s a separate universe. Movies > anything else.

  26. i’m kinda wondering if episode VII-IX will introduce darth krayt and kill off luke skywalker

    • Nope.

  27. I agree guys. Bring back Tartakovsky. I watched the entire microseries several times, absolutely brilliant. I never watched one second of the Clone Wars movie, or the cartoon series.

  28. I can’t believe i’m saying this but this sounds fantastic to me and raises my hopes for episode 7 even higher, i never liked the star wars cartoons but maybe this will be an exception I certainly hope so. :)

  29. Maybe Hamil will voice on the show