In a statement on StarsWars.com, Lucasfilm and Disney announced today that “Lucasfilm has decided to pursue a new direction in animated programming.” Their first move is to cancel production of the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars in anticipation of Episode 7. The show, directed by Dave Filoni, aired 108 episodes over five seasons on Cartoon Network. If I were a betting man, I’d wager that future Star Wars TV animation will appear on Disney-owned channels like Disney XD.
Lucasfilm said on StarWars.com that they are still producing “bonus content”:
While the studio is no longer producing new episodes for Cartoon Network, we’re continuing production on new Clone Wars story arcs that promise to be some of the most thrilling adventures ever seen. Stay tuned for more information on where fans can soon find this bonus content.
They also released this personal video message from the show’s director Dave Filoni: