It seems like Star Wars news has been all over the place since Disney acquired Lucasfilm last year. The most unfortunate (and recent) turn of events had Disney killing LucasArts. One hundred and fifty people were laid off and the video games Star Wars: First Assault and Star Wars 1313 were canceled. Likewise, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars: Detours, and the 3D-conversion re-releases of the original trilogy have been canceled or postponed, as pointed out by Giant Freaking Robot.
, the supervising director for Star Wars: The Clone Wars, spoke to IGN and shed some light on a positive development that doesn't involve ending TV series or laying off staff. This is what he had to say:
At this point, I am involved in some early production discussions and exploration of what we'll be doing with Star Wars animation in the future, which is really exciting for me and I have some friendly faces around me, of course, that are helping me on the project. So it's a transition time, as I've said before, and I think it will lead to an exciting time and hopefully I'll see things grow again.
Filori isn't blind to the many changes that's leaving a sour taste in a lot of fans' mouths. He added:
It's a function of our industry… It's not my favorite part. You can luckily grow things and bring on many talented people, but there become times when you have to shrink things as well. We happen to be in one of those times right now, but that just paves the way, hopefully, for new things and new creativity in the future.
It will be interesting to see what third parties Disney brings in to handle new LucasArts properties. It's not like Disney has the best track record of creating games based on their franchises. However, I'm hoping that that leaves room for more creative development of animated series and a lot of obvious work necessary to make Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens spectacular.