Update on the STAR WARS: DETOURS Animated Series
Seth Green has offered an update on the Star Wars: Detours animated series he was working on. After Disney bought Lucasfilm the series was put on hold, and we've been waiting to see what its fate will be. It sounds like the series will eventually see the light of day, we just have to be patient. The actor also reveals that they have 39 completed episodes sitting on the shelf and another 62 scripts ready to go into production. Here's what Green had to say in a Reddit Q&A,
"So there’s actually been quite a bit of talk about this, but Detours is just on hold currently. We have 39 finished episodes and around 62 finished scripts. But that entire show was created before the decision to make more Star Wars movies, so our show (which was created by George Lucas) is an animated sitcom in the world of Star Wars, so we had a lot of conversations with Kathleen Kennedy about Star Wars in not just the next three years but the next 30 years, and when you’re in as privileged a position as we were to be able to work on Star Wars content with its creator, you get a great sense of responsibility to the whole. I was introduced to Star Wars as a child and it was without any ironic or comedic lens, so I saw Darth Vader as scary, and I saw all of those messages very very clearly. We didn’t think it made any sense, in anticipation of these new movies coming out, to spend the next three years with an animated sitcom as three generations’ of kids first introduction to the Star Wars universe.
I do feel that Detours is a timeless bit of entertainment. Media distribution is changing so quickly, so dramatically, that can you even imagine what distribution of content will look like in five years? In a day and age when Netflix series are nominated for the top accolades TV has to offer, who is to say what it will look like when the new Star Wars movie comes out? So Detours can sit on a shelf until the Star Wars movie comes out without losing any of its lustre, because what we’ve created is very funny, very smart and like I said before, timeless."
A trailer and some clips for the series were previously released, but it looks like they've all been taken down. It looks and sounds like it would be a fun series to watch, so hopefully Lucasfilm pulls the trigger on it sooner rather than later. Here's the series description,
Star Wars Detours is an animated comedy that explores what daily life is like in a galaxy far, far away. There are no Empires striking back or attacking clones here. Instead,Star Wars Detours focuses on the universe’s regular folks and their everyday problems… which, to be fair, do frequently involve famous bounty hunters, crazed Ewoks, and even a Dark Lord of the Sith.
Welcome to Star Wars: Detours: the other side of the stars, between the wars.