When Star Wars: The Clone Wars was canceled back in 2012, fans of the much loved series were beside themselves. Rebel Force Radio’s Jimmy “Mac” McInerney, got wind of the cancellation, and championed a movement to keep the series going. In the end, with his help the series saw the release of a few final episodes on Netflix, but didn’t receive the satisfying ending it deserved.
Flash forward a few years, and the series is finally getting it much deserved final season, supposedly tying it into the events leading right up to Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.
The series was considered a success, so why was it canceled anyway? When
announcing the cancellation of The Clone Wars in 2013, Lucasfilm said a decision was made to “pursue a new direction in animated programming.”
Now a recent chat with Daniel Logan at London Comic-Con might have revealed the real reason behind the cancellation. “Disney, they cancelled it, I think it was getting a little too graphic — actually, it was getting really graphic,” Logan said at London Comic Con. “Boba was doing some really, really cool stuff. He started actually becoming a bounty hunter.”
“We’d actually recorded seven episodes that didn’t get aired,” Logan said, pointing to an unfinished episode that would have pit Fett against Cad Bane.
“So there was so many episodes that was coming up, and Boba was just doing some really cool stuff.”
“I don’t cry, but I started tearing up when I saw some of these episodes and what I was doing,” he said. “So we actually recorded them… yeah, that’s all that’s left. They might come back, you never know.”
Now we have a little more information as to the “real” reason the series was canceled, in favor of a more kid friendly version of Star Wars in the form of Star Wars Rebels. Ironically, Rebels was getting more graphic before it ended as well…
Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ 2019 revival will premiere exclusively on Disney’s streaming service.
About Star Wars: The Clone Wars:
Star Wars: The Clone Wars will be returning with 12 all-new episodes on Disney’s direct-to-consumer streaming service. Created by George Lucas, the show first aired in 2008 and became an entry point into Star Wars for an entire generation, following fan-favorites like Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Padmé Amidala, while introducing major new characters like Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex. Its stories were complex, its heroes and villains were perfectly imperfect, and its look was captivatingly beautiful. It became a multi-Emmy winner and is now regarded as essential Star Wars.