Disney and Lucasfilm have announced a follow up to the recently cancelled “The Clone Wars” television series called “Star Wars Rebels,” an all-new animated television series scheduled to premiere in fall 2014.
“Star Wars Rebels” will launch as a one-hour special on Disney Channel, then into series on Disney XD.
Screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class, Sherlock Holmes, Mr. & Mrs. Smith) is the new show’s executive producer, along with Dave Filoni a notable name of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” since 2008. Executive producer Greg Weisman is also on board.
Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide, said, “The entire team at Lucasfilm has provided extraordinary creativity and innovation for over three decades, and we’re thrilled to be bringing the expansive and imaginative world of Star Wars to Disney XD’s viewers.”
“I couldn’t be more excited to explore new corners of the Star Wars universe,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president, Lucasfilm. “I think Star Wars Rebels will capture the look, feel and fun that both kids and their parents love about Star Wars.”
Jumping a movie ahead of “The Clone Wars” time period, the new series is set between the events of Episode III and IV, this time featuring the Empire “hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape.”
Star Wars Rebels will be produced by Lucasfilm Animation, with “many of the key talents that made Star Wars: The Clone Wars” though specific casting is not yet announced.