Could This Be the Title of the Exciting New ‘Star Wars’ TV Series?
Star Wars mania has taken over Disney in recent years, with the market being completely saturated with movies, TV shows, comic books, novels, and more. Disney’s current television series, Star Wars Rebels, is finishing up with its fourth season and sprinting to the finish line. The show has been well-received by fans, scoring 100% on Rotten Tomatoes with an average audience score of 84%. Most impressive.
In Rebels‘ absence, new shows will need to rise up and help carry the franchise in between the many upcoming movies. So far, there has been no official word on that front. However, a recent rumor could reveal more about what Disney might be planning for their next TV series. Let’s look at that rumor, plus a few other important notes that pertain to Star Wars.
Star Wars Rebels coming to an end
After four seasons, Rebels is coming to an end. The show has been extremely well-received among Star Wars fans, while Disney has expertly played both sides. The show is marketed for kids and runs on Disney XD, but adults need not be ashamed for loving it. Rebels has brought several all-new characters into Star Wars canon, including Jedi such as Kanan Jarrus and Ezra Bridger.
But they’ve also found ways to weave the story in with that of the films, which includes some Rebels Easter eggs in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Hera Syndulla popping up in later stories about the rebellion. They brought back previous characters, such as Ahsoka Tano and Darth Maul, and even showed us the final showdown between Maul and Obi-Wan Kenobi. It’s definitely going to be an uphill battle to replace Rebels.
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Diehard fans have taken to the cartoons
Even if some of the conversation around the new Star Wars movies is a bit contentious, one area where there is widespread agreement is with the cartoons. When Disney purchased Lucasfilm, they were not only getting the six original and prequel films but the cartoon series titled Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Disney canceled the show, which didn’t sit well with most fans, and then later came back and released the final episodes on Netflix.
Clone Wars added much needed depth to the ever-criticized prequels, throwing 129 half-hour episodes in between Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. It was extremely satisfying to fans that felt so much of the context of the Clone Wars was missing with the two movies. The positive reaction led to the creation of Rebels, which has helped to create more context for the state of the rebellion prior to the events of Star Wars: A New Hope.
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Disney is expanding their Star Wars universe
We knew that Disney was going to ramp up the production of new Star Wars media content once the sale of Lucasfilm was official, but it really appears to be going into high gear now. Since Disney took over, the franchise has released three movies — soon to be four with Solo: A Star Wars Story — while finishing off Clone Wars and creating four seasons of Rebels. That’s a whole lot of content crammed into essentially a five-year period.
More is on the way. Rian Johnson, the director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, is getting his own stand-alone trilogy. Two of the writers behind Game of Thrones are going to be doing a handful of movies, as well, and rumors persist about an Obi-Wan Kenobi anthology film.
But that’s not all! Disney is targeting the release of its own streaming service to rival Netflix in 2019, and it could have the very first live-action Star Wars series. That would be in addition to another cartoon.
Next: About that rumor…
Rumor has it…
According to Star Wars fansite Yakface, Lucasfilm has put in four new registrations around the title Star Wars Resistance. This includes toys, clothing, electronic games, paper party favors, books, photographs, and more. It certainly sounds like the kind of stuff Disney would sell to make money off a television series, right?
Of course, that’s all we really know. The rumors have flown around based on what appears to be solid intel, with the key assumption being that Star Wars Resistance will be the show that eventually replaces Rebels on their airwaves. But, even if that is the case, we still have more questions.
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What might it all mean?
If Star Wars Resistance truly does become a TV show, will it be another cartoon like Rebels or will it be the rumored live-action series? Will it be on Disney XD like Rebels, or will it debut with the rumored Disney streaming channel in 2019? It seems like the easiest way to pull off a new TV series that takes place with and around characters that exist in the sequel trilogy’s timeline would be to go the cartoon route yet again. Rebels takes place in the few years prior to Rogue One and A New Hope.
Whether Resistance takes place in the years leading up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens or in the time between The Last Jedi and the currently-untitled Episode IX is anybody’s guess. Given that Episode IX is due in theaters in December of 2019, likely around the time the first season of the new show would be running, placing it in the years prior to The Force Awakens makes the most sense.
If that’s the case, will they bring back General Leia with somebody new to do the voice? It wouldn’t be the first time, as Leia made a cameo appearance in season one of Rebels with Julie Dolan doing the voice. It might be cool to learn more about how the early days of the Resistance, and maybe even some more clues about Supreme Leader Snoke’s background.
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Star Wars: Underworld
Disney’s rumored live-action Star Wars series is exciting, but it’s not the first time this has been attempted. Back in 2005 when the prequel trilogy was coming to an end, George Lucas announced that he would be producing a live-action TV series titled Star Wars: Underworld. The show would follow the seedy underbelly of Coruscant, avoiding the more traditional Star Wars story lines in favor of exploring crime syndicates and other ideas.
It was to be a darker, more gritty style of Star Wars and to take place in the period between the prequel and original trilogies. Daniel Logan, who played Boba Fett in Attack of the Clones, was actually training to have a large role in the movie. Lucas wrote first drafts on 50 scripts, but the project never moved forward.
Now we have rumors of a Boba Fett or bounty hunter movie, so it appears that fans will be set on Boba Fett content in the near future. But if Disney ends up doing Resistance as their next cartoon series, they could always bring back Underworld as a live-action show.
Next: What do the fans want to see?
Shows fans really want to see
While there is plenty of debate about the merit of the new movies and their fit in the franchise, there is consensus that Disney absolutely knocked it out of the park with Rebels. Outside of Underworld and Resistance, there are a handful of shows that fans would really love to see become a part of the Star Wars universe.
Although the Bloodline books did dive into the period following Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, the adventures of Han Solo, Chewie, Luke Skywalker, and many of our other heroes are largely untouched. A cartoon series following Luke’s journey as a Jedi in the aftermath of the destruction of the Empire would be extremely tantalizing.
Another idea is to explore the period just prior to Return of the Jedi. While the Marvel comics have done a good job fleshing out what everyone was up to during the period following A New Hope, they’ve largely stayed away from what Luke, Leia, and Lando had going on while Han was taking his carbonite nap. A cartoon series with the characters recast with voice actors would be a whole lot of fun, and could bring an occasional cameo from Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine.
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