A new Star Wars pilot called Rebels is to air on the Disney Channel in 2014. The hour-long animated program is already in production at Lucasfilm. The pilot is due to premiere before the Disney Channel makes the move to Disney XD for the remaining episodes in the new series.
And we’ve got the video to prove it!
The Star Wars Rebels series will glean material from the 19 year period that follows Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and will precede the events in Episode IV: A New Hope. The series will use the life of the Skywalker twins as a measure and will take place in the years that come after their separation as newborn infants and before their (unwitting) reunion on the prison level of the Death Star.
There is no word yet as to whether the show will feature Darth Vader, who would be in his phase of earning and building his reputation. No mention has been made either as to whether or not they’ll include Han Solo, the smuggler and cynic who becomes an against-type freedom fighter when he chooses to stand with his friends against the forces of darkness.
The program makers have seemingly left the title of the show a little ambiguous so as to allow any rebel the chance to become a character in the program just by taking an outsider’s path characters, for instance, like Boba Fett or Ahsoka Tano.
The series has three executive producers – Dave Filoni, the point man on The Clone Wars animated series that was launched back in 2008; screenwriter and producer Simon Kinberg, who has specialises in tonal rewiring and energizing familiar brands with new edge (like X-Men: First Class and Sherlock Holmes) and Greg Weisman, whose credits includes impressive work on Young Justice and The Spectacular Spider-Man.
A press release that was prepared Monday morning included a quote from Kathy Kennedy, the hand-picked successor of George Lucas as Lucasfilm president on top of being an already elite producer of films like Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List since the 1980s.
In the release Kennedy said, “I couldn’t be more excited to explore new corners of the Star Wars universe. I think Star Wars Rebels will capture the look, feel, and fun that both kids and their parents love about Star Wars.”
Kennedy, who has brought a new energy and a sense of decisiveness to a Lucasfilm in-house culture that seems to have forgotten its fiery rebels’ roots as the company grew.
One of Kennedy’s first decisions was to pull the plug on the recent initiative to re-release the original trilogy of “prequels” in the new 3D. Observers were shocked by this huge and expensive move. But setting her sights on new horizons she is emphasising the characters in the Star Wars verse that fans of the three original films, made between 1977 through 1983, remember from that era and she is also putting the new show’s focus toward the new JJ Abrams “Trilogy” that will start in 2015 or 2016.
This new venture will put considerable pressure on the creative team. The animation process is not a fast one, and it is not too clear exactly how long Filoni and his colleagues have been working on the new show.
For the fans of the series who are as excited as we are about this news, you can see the YouTube video below that has just gone up on the Google site and on StarWars.com.
The video is entitled Star War Rebels: The Rebellion begins! Enjoy!
By Michael Smith