LucasFilm Cancels Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Delays Star Wars: Detours

By Tim Surette

Mar 11, 2013

Somewhere, the ghostly hologram projection of Obi-Wan Kenobi just stopped in his tracks and started sobbing. After five seasons, LucasFilm has decided to stop production on Cartoon Network's animated series set in George Lucas's imagination. The news was announced on today.

"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."

Yeesh. The site has a video from The Clone Wars' supervising director Dave Filoni explaining the situation, and while he's bummed about wrapping up the series, he's excited for the future of the Star Wars franchise and LucasFilm Animation's involvement in it, whatever that may be.

LucasFilm has also indefinitely postponed the future series Star Wars: Detours, from the Robot Chicken team. Apparently the company doesn't want to launch a new Star Wars franchise before the recently announced new trilogy of movies.

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  • saxgod98 Mar 14, 2013

    So anyone else confused by this. I watched the video and they implied they are just winding down like to announce one more season but that's it or something like that. Now I'm hearing no all of it's dead but we may have a webisode or something to tie together Clone Wars and episode 3. It all seems weird to me like one part was really hoping for one more season while the business end killed it altogether.

  • MidnightSword Mar 13, 2013

    I didn't realize this was news. I've watched the show from the beginning and had always heard that 5 seasons were all that were planned. Did something change that along the way and I missed it?

  • Bean-007 Mar 13, 2013

    But that was with Lucas. I'm sure if they hadn't of started the next Star Wars movie Disney would most likely keep it going and possible put it on the Disney Channel and drop CN.

  • cena_fan54 Jun 01, 2013

    You will be right. I have hear that from someone who to Star Wars Weekend at Walt Disney World, that person was Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Ahsoka Tano the show Behind the Force: Star Wars Voices. So The Clone Wars will return.

  • mcepin3 Mar 13, 2013

    Reading some comments here and people saying CN canceled it,LucasFilm..etc. WRONG!
    If you watched that video,that has link to it(click "has a video") and you will see,who canceled it.

    Dave Filloni says,that order came from up above(Disney),that all has to stop for the moment and focus on new trilogy.

  • Monsoon28 Mar 13, 2013

    CN isn't cancelling anything, this is all Disney's decision to pull the show to it's own network.

  • PIGGYDOOM Mar 13, 2013

    CN has canceled a lot of their good shows! I am going to miss Star Wars: The Clone Wars, but at least it got to last 4 1/2 seasons. While the idea of Disney doing Star Wars doesn't sound like a bad idea. As long as they aren't like the prequels like Attack of the Clones or The Phantom Menace. The only prequel I liked was the last one Revenge of the Sith.

  • lady_catseyes Mar 13, 2013

    Well, frankly, I've been unimpressed with most of the arcs since the end of Season 2. Season 3 had some minorly entertaining arcs but I've been bored with everything since. I'd rather see a movie or two -even direct to DVD- to round out the final arc (so we're not stuck with the ending of Ahsoka walking away) and then just letting the series go. There's only so much you can do with a series set between two movies anyway.

  • MicahSmith3 Mar 13, 2013

    I don't know. I heard that they were just not producing the show for Cartoon Network any more. Instead new seasons would be coming to Disney XD or one of their other networks...

  • tolwyn1 Mar 12, 2013

    It's a shame since Star Wars: The Clone Wars is the best Star Wars (in motion media) to ever be released. Now they will feel the power of fizzling sales and IP properties. Toys, Lego, Games, etc. The Clone Wars was the marrow that kept the white blood cell count up to save this franchise. Now they deserve a slow, painful live-action death. Just like the first 3 prequels.

  • klotensen Mar 12, 2013

    Actually, this isn't so bad at all. It seems that George Lucas couldn't let go the story of the Skywalkers for the last 30 years - at least for cinema and television. While setting the stone for a very vivid and extra ordinary universe(galaxy), he was maybe too scared or too arrogant to let it go and do something new - he just allowed it for games, books and comics.
    Personally I would love to see the Old Republic come to live on the big screen. When I was younger, I really loved the stories of the great Sith War including Exar Kun, the brothers Cay and Ulic Qel-Droma and Nomi Sunrider, the saga building the historic background of the fantastic video-games "Knights of the Old Republic" I & II.

  • bortoff Mar 12, 2013

    Lucasfilm did not cancel the series. cartoon network did . it will air somewhere else as per george lucas

  • EvertonCarter Mar 12, 2013

    No they didn't;-

    "Turner Entertainment’s Cartoon Network only had the license for Clone Wars through the end of the 2012-13 season. Renewals had been done year by year. While Turner is believed to have wanted to continue, it is clear Disney has another vision for the Star Wars spinoffs."

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