We finally have our answer as to where the fate of the Star Wars animated universe lies. Today StarWars.com announced Star Wars Rebels. The new show will take place in between Episodes III and IV and will depict the birth of the Rebellion as The Empire is busy hunting down all the remaining Jedi who have managed to survive Order 66. The site goes on to say that details are still being held close to the vest at this point.
What they are saying is that the show will have a special one-hour premier in the fall of 2014 on Disney Channel followed by a regular series on Disney XD. As for the talent involved, screenwriter and producer Simon Kinberg of X-Men: First Class fame will serve as executive producer as well as writer for the premier. Serving with Kinberg as executive producer will be fan favorite Clone Wars producer Dave Filoni as well as Young Justice executive producer Greg Weisman.
Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide, said, “The entire team at Lucasfilm has provided extraordinary creativity and innovation for over three decades, and we’re thrilled to be bringing the expansive and imaginative world of Star Wars to Disney XD’s viewers.”
“I couldn’t be more excited to explore new corners of the Star Wars universe,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president, Lucasfilm. “I think Star Wars Rebels will capture the look, feel and fun that both kids and their parents love about Star Wars.”
Lucky attendees of Celebration Europe will get a sneak peek at the show.