After pulling the plug on “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” Disney has greenlit the animated series “Star Wars Rebels” to air on its kids cabler Disney XD in fall 2014.
Series has already begun production.
“Star Wars Rebels” will bow as a one-hour special that will air on Disney Channel before moving to its regular home on Disney XD.
Simon Kinberg (behind the “Sherlock Holmes” franchise) will serve as an executive producer on the new series. He is writing the pilot.
Dave Filoni, who was a supervising director of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” will serve a executive producer with Greg Weisman (“Young Justice,” “The Spectacular Spider-Man” and “Gargoyles.”
“The entire team at Lucasfilm has provided extraordinary creativity and innovation over three decades, and we’re thrilled to be bringing the expansive and imaginative world of ‘Star Wars’ to Disney XD’s viewers,” said Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide.
Show is set between the events of the third and fourth “Star Wars” films, and an era spanning almost two decades never shown in the films, where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebelling against the Empire is taking shape.
Further details of “Star Wars Rebels” have yet to be revealed, but Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said the show would “capture the look, feel and fun that both kids and their parents love about ‘Star Wars.’”
Lucasfilm Animation will handle the toon duties.