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NEW Animated Star Wars: Clone Wars Series Fully in Production! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Robert Sanchez   
Monday, 29 January 2007

New Clone Wars animated, “is fully into production right now,� says ILMer John Knoll. Hello? Fully in production? Where are my scoopers? I want leaked images now!

Artwork below is NOT from Clone Wars 2007
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Okay, for those of who read our interview with the very talented Mr. John Knoll, your eyes were not deceiving you, you read that right.

For those of you who haven’t read it yet here is an excerpt in where Knoll tells us that the new animated Clone Wars is moving forward much quicker than anticipated.

IESB: Considering that Uncle George [Lucas] is lining up the two Star Wars TV series, are you guys already doing any prep work on the Star Wars animated series or the live action TV show?

JK: Well, I speak to Rob Coleman periodically, he's over in Lucas animation, and he's been directing episodes of the animated TV show and they're well into that, the Clone Wars thing is fully into production right now.

IESB: So have you seen anything? How does the stuff look?

JK: Actually, I haven't seen any of it; none of that stuff is happening at ILM, it's happening at Lucas Animation.

IESB: And when they start on the live action show, is that something you will tackle?

JK: I don't know, I think it's unlikely, I think they are going to try and do it through the Singapore crew. But I really don't know, nobody has talked to me about that at all. I don't know if they are thinking they want ILM involved in any kind [of way].

IESB: So if Uncle George asked you to direct an episode of the live action TV series, would you do it?

JK: Yeah, it sounds like fun but he hasn't asked me… so for me to think that he's going to... [laughing]

Not sure if ILM will do the special effects? I think Uncle George will have some great announcements during Celebration IV and I am sure that we will have our first taste of the new animated Star Wars TV series this summer is Los Angeles.

Here’s what is known about the animated series to date -

A continuation of the series has been planned. Lucas said the series might return, but as a 3D Animation series. At April 2005's Celebration III, Lucas stated that, "you know we are working on a 3-D continuation of the pilot series that was on the Cartoon Network, we probably won't start that project for another year." Genndy Tartakovsky will not be involved with the production.

At Comic-Con 2005, several announcements were made on the work on the series. As of July 15, 2005, preproduction had begun on the series, according to Steve Sansweet, head of Lucasfilm fan relations. Sansweet referred to the series as "the next generation of the Star Wars saga, a cutting edge 30-minute, 3-D computer-animation series based on the Clone Wars that take place between Episode II ... and Episode III." Anakin, Obi Wan, Yoda, count Dooku, Palpatine and General Grevous are expected to appear. Sansweet described the look of the new series as "a melding of Asian anime with unique 3-D animation styling." The series' primary production will take place at the Lucasfilm animation facility in Singapore.

According to another statement by Sansweet, "Over the next several years, Lucasfilm Animation will be hiring a total of about 300 digital artists and others in both California and Singapore locations to produce not only the series, but animated feature films in the years ahead." He said about the series, "to get the series underway, Lucasfilm Animation has hired key production and creative talent to lead the development of its first animation project." Sansweet has said that "a large component of the future of Star Wars and Lucasfilm is digital animation." Gail Currey, the Vice President and General Manager of Lucasfilm Animation, has stated that she felt the early treatments for the series were amazing, and that she couldn't wait to share it with Star Wars fans.

At a press conference for Revenge of the Sith, Frank Oz confirmed that he is involved with the series. Many of the actors from the original series are expected to return.

The series is expected to premiere in 2007. Wikipedia





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