Disney Begins Production on “Star Wars Rebels”

Disney Begins Production on "Star Wars Rebels"

Disney has begun production on an all-new animated television series, Star Wars Rebels. Scheduled to
premiere in fall 2014 as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel, it will
be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world. According to the announcement released today: 

Leading the development of the
series is a creative team of exceptional talent. Screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg
(X-Men: First Class, Sherlock Holmes, Mr. & Mrs. Smith) is an
executive producer on Star Wars Rebels
and will write the premiere episode. He is joined by Dave Filoni as executive
producer, who served as supervising director of the Emmy nominated Star Wars: The Clone Wars since 2008.
Executive producer Greg Weisman brings with him a wealth of animation
experience with credits such as Young Justice,
The Spectacular Spider-Man and Gargoyles.

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.”

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.”

The series is set between the events of
Episode III and IV – an era spanning almost two decades never-before explored
on-screen. Star Wars Rebels takes place in a time
where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last
of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking
shape. Further details about the show are a closely guarded secret at this point.

Star Wars Rebels will be produced by Lucasfilm Animation, featuring
many of the key talents that made Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Fans
attending Star Wars Celebration Europe
 will be the first to get an exclusive look at the
new series. Casting will be announced at a later date. More information about
this developing project will be found on Star Wars.com and
on Facebook.

A brief chat with Pablo Hildago and exec producer Dave Filoni has just been posted (embed below) by Lucasfilm: 

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So Greg Weisman's working on this? He's quite talented, but I'd love to see him do an original work (like Gargoyles) instead of an adaptation/revival (like Spectacular Spider-man and Young Justice).

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