A few months ago, after the dust had settled following Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm, it was revealed that the Cartoon Network series Clone Wars would likely be leaving the Time Warner-owned channel and head to a Disney-owned TV home. But that's not the case anymore.
Instead, Clone Wars is now finished as a series. The final episode of season 5 just aired on March 2nd, and no new episodes of the series will be produced for Cartoon Network. However, that doesn't mean fans won't see some new story arcs play out.
StarWars.com just released an official statement from Dave Filoni, supervising director of Clone Wars, detailing what fans can expect in the future. The story arcs that were already written - which include filling some gaps created over the seasons and completing certain storylines - will be released sometime down the road as bonus content. Here's Filoni talking about the end of Clone Wars, complete with a sneak peek at some of the content to come:
In addition to the conclusion of Clone Wars, Lucasfilm is also keeping Seth Green's animated comedy series Star Wars Detours on hold, likely until after Star Wars: Episode VII is released. George Lucas revealed a first look at Detours during Star Wars Celebration VI last year, but no solid plans for the series' release has been announced, and it has been essentially postponed indefinitely.
But what about the future? Well, there's no specific details, but the announcement says, "Lucasfilm has decided to pursue a new direction in animated programming. We are exploring a whole new Star Wars series set in a time period previously untouched in Star Wars films or television programming." We're told to expect details in the months to come, but we're not sure when.
The end of Clone Wars is a big blow to fans who had come to embrace the series, basically making up for the shortcomings of the entire prequel film trilogy. There were rumblings that Filoni and his crew were already planing a sixth season - likely where the bonus content and new story arcs will be coming from.
Disney is certainly getting all their ducks in a row when it comes to taking over Star Wars in the wake of their purchase of Lucasfilm. Though we can expect great things in the future, right now fans will have to be patient and see where Disney will take us in a galaxy far, far away. Stay tuned for updates, especially when these new Clone Wars bonus storyarcs are released.