Lucasfilm and Star Wars announced a reboot of Star Wars: The Clone Wars with a brand new trailer released at San Diego Comic-Con. Dave Filoni, who wrote and directed the original Star Wars: The Clone Wars episodes made the announcement during a 10th anniversary celebration panel.
Take a look at the trailer:
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars was an animated television show created by George Lucas that debuted in 2008 on Cartoon Network. It took place in the three years between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. It was the second animated series to explore this time frame. There was a 2003 TV series Star Wars: Clone Wars. The series followed Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Padmé Amidala, Ahsoka Tano, and Clone Trooper Captain Rex.
Filoni spoke with StarWars.com about the project:
“Any opportunity to put the final pieces of the story in place is meaningful as a storyteller. I’m happy for the opportunity to define these things and the end of this part of the Clone War. It also makes me reflect on all the people that I got to work with over the years. It reinforces the things I learned from George. It reminds me of the important elements that go into making Star Wars. So, it’s nice on several levels, and I think for the crew that’s still here that worked on Clone Wars, they feel that, as well.”
Based on the trailer, this new series looks like it pick up where the previous season ended as Anakin Skywalker looks up into the sky at a fleet of Destroyers ready to take on the Separatists.
But maybe the biggest surprise is that Ahsoka Tano will be returning. Ahsoka famously left the Jedi Order and walked away from her Master, Anakin Skywalker. It looks like she will be back in action and possibly working with the Mandalorians which became a main focus in the original series.
I have to admit, Star Wars: The Clone Wars is one of the best animated shows I’ve watched behind Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League Unlimited, and the X-Men. To see it come back is pretty cool. If you aren’t caught up you definitely should. I believe the show is still available on Netflix. However, it’s more than likely that Disney will put it on their upcoming streaming service when it launches.
Filoni explained why the series is so beloved:
“I think the variety of stories was a big part of it. You also can’t underestimate how important it was that so many people grew up with the show. Clone Wars was a piece of Star Wars that older fans might have, initially, not taken seriously because it was animated, but that wasn’t a barrier for kids. They loved the clones and identified with them. Ahsoka gave kids a character that was like them — someone their age that was experiencing life’s challenges and learning along the way. Plus, having a new episode each week really allowed us to explore what was going on with the new and legacy characters in a dynamic way, including Anakin and Obi-Wan. I think the stories left an indelible impression and, of course, George knew it would. He always knew.”
This new series will air on Disney’s direct-to-consumer streaming service with 12 new episodes.