March 11, 2013 – Well, it was bound to happen. “Star Wars: Clone Wars” has had a productive run for five years, which is an admirably long run for any animated series. Nevertheless, Lucasfilms’ announcement (really, it was Disney’s since they now own the entire franchise) that Clone Wars was to end its production immediately, was a shock to many of its fans. The surprise was all the greater because the show had just celebrated its 100th episode, and there are some unfinished story arcs. The final episode aired on March 2, 2013.
Here is the press release from Lucasfilms:
“As we enter into an exciting new era focused on the next Star Wars trilogy, 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. You can expect more details in the months to come.
“As part of this shift, we have also made some key decisions affecting Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Detours.
“After five highly successful and critically acclaimed seasons of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, we feel the time has come to wind down the series. While the studio is no longer producing new episodes for Cartoon Network, we’re continuing production on new Clone Wars story arcs that promise to be some of the most thrilling adventures ever seen. Stay tuned for more information on where fans can soon find this bonus content. In the video below, Supervising Director Dave Filoni offers a peek of what is to come in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
“At Star Wars Celebration VI last year, George Lucas gave fans a glimpse at the animated comedy series Star Wars Detours from Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, and Todd Grimes. Detours was conceived and produced before we decided to move forward with the new Star Wars trilogy, and in the wake of that decision, Lucasfilm has reconsidered whether launching an animated comedy prior to the launch of Episode VII makes sense. As a result, we’ve decided to postpone the release of Detours until a later date.
“We are incredibly proud of the teams at Lucasfilm Animation for creating some of the most amazing animation ever produced for TV. Keep checking StarWars.com for new developments on these and future projects.”