Disney Announce STAR WARS REBELS Animated Series; Will Be Set Between EPISODE III And IV
It has today been confirmed by Disney and Lucasfilm that they have started production on a new Star Wars animated series which will launch on the Disney Channel before moving to Disney XD in Fall 2014. While many fans were left upset at the abrupt decision to cancel Star Wars: The Clone Wars, this new project should keep the majority happy as it will fill in the gap between Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. According to a press release, "'Star Wars Rebels' takes place in a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape." Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class) will write the first episode and is joined by producers Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Greg Weisman (The Spectacular Spider-Man. That's all we know for now as the release adds that, "Details about the show are a closely guarded secret at this point." The full press release and announcement video is below.
Disney has revealed plans for a new animated series called Star Wars Rebels which will finally reveal what happened between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. As well as the rumoured spin-off movies, screenwriter Simon Kinberg will pen the pilot.
Production has begun on Star Wars Rebels, an exciting, all-new animated television series based on one of the greatest entertainment franchises of all time. Scheduled to premiere in fall 2014 as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel, it will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world.
Leading the development of the series is a creative team of exceptional talent. Screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class, Sherlock Holmes, Mr. & Mrs. Smith) is an executive producer on Star Wars Rebels and will write the premiere episode. He is joined by Dave Filoni as executive producer, who served as supervising director of the Emmy nominated Star Wars: The Clone Wars since 2008. Executive producer Greg Weisman brings with him a wealth of animation experience with credits such as Young Justice, The Spectacular Spider-Man and Gargoyles.
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."
The action-filled series is set between the events of Episode III and IV -- an era spanning almost two decades never-before explored on-screen. Star Wars Rebels takes place in a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape. Details about the show are a closely guarded secret at this point.
Star Wars Rebels will be produced by Lucasfilm Animation, featuring many of the key talents that made Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Fans attending Star Wars Celebration Europe will be the first to get an exclusive look at the new series. Casting will be announced at a later date. More information about this developing project will be found on StarWars.com and on Facebook at facebook.com/starwarsrebels.
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