Star War Rebels creator Dave Filoni promises an update on his next (presumably, Star Wars related) project soon. Filoni's The Clone Wars was one of the few non-film projects to be included in Lucasfilm's new Star Wars continuity when the Expanded Universe was shuttered. And soon enough, Filoni ushered in Star War Rebels to explore the period between the Prequels and Original Trilogy. Though it started off in its own corner, the series slowly began connecting to both The Clone Wars and the films, with a number of Rebels Easter eggs even appearing in Rogue One. Rebels' fourth and final season has been even more tied to the rest of the franchise.
The past few weeks have seen Star Wars Rebels make major moves to connect with Rogue One and A New Hope. For one, we learned why the Emperor prioritized the Death Star and what happened to the TIE Defenders. This week's Rebels added something major to Star Wars canon too, even with the show's finale just around the corner. And when the series ends, something new and exciting should take its place.
Animation Magazine spoke with Filoni about the end of an era and the beginning of the next. And while he couldn't reveal anything concrete, he did tease news is on the way:
"We have a lot of different ways to convey stories and we choose the best mediums and we are showing no sign of slowing, so the end of one thing always means the beginning of another, and soon people will learn what that other is."
As for what the next Star Wars project could be, there are a few options. Filoni teases multiple mediums for telling stories, so he could finally be graduating to films. More likely, he will be overseeing one of the new Star Wars TV shows destined for Disney's streaming service next year. We know both an animated show and a live-action Star Wars series are in the works, and either (or both) could involve Filoni.
Regardless of what comes next, the end of Star Wars Rebels is likely bittersweet for the creator. After four years, he's done a lot with lore of Star Wars, and leaving it all behind will be hard. But as Rebels has shown, the threads of past projects can continue to influence the future. And for Filoni, he's happy with things have turned out:
"I’m pretty satisfied. This is the first time I’ve been able to draw a series to a close in this manner. We had worked on different ways Clone Wars could end, but there’s a difference between having theories about how you would do something and actually executing it. These last six episodes I think are among our best, which they should be. If we went back to the beginning, there are some things we would change and improve a bit, but all in all, I’m pretty pleased with it. We didn’t really leave much on the table either. There are always other stories you can tell, but I think for the story of Ezra Bridger it’s come through in a way that I’m happy with."
Disney and Lucasfilm are expanding the Star Wars universe both on the big and small screen, and the studios only appear to be increasing their content production right now. In the meantime, the series finale of Star Wars Rebels will air next week and offer what should be a powerful and heart-wrenching end to Filoni's TV show.
The Star Wars Rebels series finale airs March 5th, 2018 @ 8:30PM on Disney XD.