Lucasfilm today laid out a shift in direction for animated programming meant to coincide with its upcoming Disney-produced Star Wars film trilogy. "We are exploring a whole new Star Wars series set in a time period previously untouched in Star Wars films or television programming," reads an announcement on StarWars.com. No other details were provided, but the studio has promised to reveal more in the months ahead.
This new direction will also spell the end — to some extent — for one long-running project. Lucasfilm plans to "wind down" production of Star Wars: The Clone Wars after five seasons. Effective immediately, the studio will no longer be producing new episodes of the animated series for Cartoon Network. The decision comes following a landmark deal between George Lucas and Disney, which grants the latter full control of the Star Wars franchise. Though new content won't be written for cable audiences, we haven't seen the last of The Clone Wars just yet. "We're continuing production on new Clone Wars story arcs that promise to be some of the most thrilling adventures ever seen." Again the company promises that forthcoming details will let fans know where and when they can catch the remainder of the saga.
And finally, Lucasfilm has decided to indefinitely postpone Star Wars Detours, a comedy series dreamt up by Lucas and Seth Green before the Disney deal was finalized. The studio has since reconsidered whether moving forward with the project "makes sense" and has decided in favor of a delay.