By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol
11:53 PM CDT, March 11, 2013
Lucasfilm announced Monday that the recently completed fifth season of its animated "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" would indeed be the last on Cartoon Network.
In a message and video to fans on the starwars.com site, supervising director Dave Filoni and Lucasfilm explained the decision and offered a peek of what is ahead for the franchise after Disney purchased Lucasfilm more than five months ago.
"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," the company wrote on the site, explaining that it has decided to postpone "Star Wars: Detours," an animated series from "Robot Chicken" masterminds Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, and Todd Grimes. The company said it didn't make sense to launch the comedy before "Eipsode VII."
Recently passing its 100th episode, the series told the story of the Jedi knights who fight the evil Sith in the time between Episode II of the film franchise, "Attack of the Clones," and Episode III, "Revenge of the Sith."
The message went on to say that it is working on a new animated project. "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," the statement reads.
The company then confirmed what I reported here a few weeks back: There will be more 'Clone Wars' stories, but Lucasfilm isn't ready to say where we'll be able to see them. "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," the statement reads. "Stay tuned for more information on where fans can soon find this bonus content."
In the video, Filoni thanked fans for the show's. He also said future "Clone Wars" episodes--wherever we will see them--will fill gaps in the overall story arc of the "Star Wars" universe.
"Even though we're winding things down, the best is yet to come," he said. "We have some of the most exciting, most important story arcs still coming your way."
"They are the best episodes that my crew has ever committed to screen," he added before showing a clip that suggests new arcs will delve into one of the most significant "Star Wars" events--Order 66--which led clone troopers to execute on site Jedi who were branded traitors. Supreme Chancellor Palpatine issued the order that began the Great Jedi Purge that wiped out nearly all the Jedi Order. Watch below.
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