The "Clone Wars," canceled by Disney, is the first casualty of the new "Star Wars" plans. With Disney preparing to re-launch the entire "Star Wars" universe, E Online reported on March 11 that they canceled the popular Cartoon Network series in order to develop their own animated series.
The new "Star Wars" movie is supposed to hit theaters in 2015, allegedly telling the story of the next generation of Jedi's, mainly the children of Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker. Disney also announced when they purchased Lucas Film that they did not consider the expanded universe to be canon.
While that seemed to mean the popular books that followed the trios children, and included things like Chewbacca's death and the turning of Han and Leia's son to the Dark Side, it seems it also includes the animated cartoon. With "Clone Wars" canceled, the new writers and directors coming aboard the "Star Wars" franchise have one less thing to worry about when it comes to originality and creativity.
"Clone Wars" will finish its run with five seasons. Disney announced that they could continue on with the "Clone Wars" series, but plan on taking it in a different direction. Outside of the news that "Clone Wars" was canceled, another animated series, "Star Wars Detours" has been postponed.
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