Here’s Why George Lucas Wanted To Make ‘The Clone Wars’ In The First Place

by Jeremy Spirogis
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2019 had just a few main Star Wars–associated releases. From Jedi: Fallen Order to The Mandalorian then The Rise of Skywalker, it was a giant 12 months. Now, the start of 2020 can have one of many greatest Star Wars releases in latest reminiscence, and that’s the ultimate season of The Clone Wars. It was extremely profitable throughout its run on Cartoon Network, and now it’s coming again to complete the story it began after nearly seven years away. 

With that stated, what made George Lucas create the present within the first place? For some, Star Wars may solely be characteristic movies of their minds. But The Clone Wars has added a lot to the lore and world of Star Wars and is among the finest issues to come back out of the franchise. 

Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka, Obi-Wan Kenobi on the new poster for 'The Clone Wars' Season 7.
Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka, Obi-Wan Kenobi on the brand new poster for ‘The Clone Wars’ Season 7 | Disney+/Lucasfilm

George Lucas needed to dig into the Clone Wars whereas additionally exhibiting extra than simply Anakin Skywalker’s story

In an interview with ScreenSlam.com, George Lucas defined how he got here up with the concept to make a TV collection about this a part of the Star Wars saga. “The Clone Wars are basically a footnote in the saga of Anakin Skywalker. And that’s what the features are about,” he stated. “They’re actually about Anakin, they’re about his son. It’s very narrow-focused about his descent into the Dark Side. I needed to do one thing once I was doing Episode III, I needed to do one thing that concerned the Clone Wars.” 

Lucas defined how he was “disappointed” that he couldn’t delve into the warfare within the motion pictures. They’re not strictly nearly Anakin Skywalker whereas the films, particularly the prequels, are. So, Lucasfilm began with the 2-D collection on Cartoon Network, and after that did so effectively, they needed a much bigger animated present with CGI. He preferred that a lot, that the primary few episodes became a characteristic movie — The Clone Wars 2008 film — to introduce Anakin’s Padawan Ahsoka to the world.

Lucas lead Dave Filoni in telling this new aspect to Anakin Skywalker’s story

Lucas was government producer of the present that he created, however let others like Dave Filoni ultimately spearhead. And initially, as a result of Lucas had Filoni as a showrunner, Filoni didn’t suppose they might cope with established characters. 

At Star Wars Celebration 2018, Filoni shared that he was creating new Jedi for the present together with his group. But then Lucas acknowledged that Anakin and Obi-Wan could be the leads. “We just never presumed that we would be working with those characters. You know, because who am I to write Anakin Skywalker, this hugely important character?” Filoni stated. “But George was like, ‘I’m going to teach you all about this,’ and he did. So, we ended up with the show we did under his direction.”

Even within the characteristic movie, iconic characters from Jabba the Hutt to Count Dooku and Yoda all appeared. And it actually achieved Lucas’ objective to dig into this second in Star Wars historical past and in Anakin’s story, which he wasn’t in a position to do earlier than.

“It’s too bad [we jumped over the Clone Wars before] because it’s like World War II — it’s a huge canvas to be mined,” Lucas stated at a press convention in 2008, in accordance with io9. “[With this series] I got to fill in a blank and go around in a universe that’s not as restrictive and not as dark. It’s more lighthearted. The series will be more like Indiana Jones — episodic. And we used ideas from anime and manga too.”

Lucas created Ahsoka to offer Anakin accountability and an opportunity to “settle down”

And one of many greatest features to come back out of The Clone Wars was Ahsoka Tano. As acknowledged earlier than, she was Anakin’s Padawan however went on to turn into a lot greater than that. Anakin was very reluctant to tackle a pupil, however as soon as he noticed how alike they have been, he actually couldn’t deny coaching her. 

“[With Ahsoka] I needed to develop a personality who would assist Anakin cool down. He’s a wild little one after [Attack of the Clones],” Lucas identified, in accordance with io9. “He and Obi-Wan don’t get along. So we wanted to look at how Anakin and Ahsoka become friends, partners, a team.” 

Many have likened Ahsoka and Anakin’s relationship to a sibling bond, nevertheless it delves extra into guardian and little one generally, too. “When you become a parent or you become a teacher you have to become more responsible,” Lucas stated. “I wanted to force Anakin into that role of responsibility, into that juxtaposition. I have a couple of daughters so I have experience with that situation. I said instead of a guy let’s make her a girl. Teenage girls are just as hard to deal with as teenage boys are.” And Ahsoka was a handful. Something Obi-Wan may say about Anakin, too. 

The Clone Wars makes its triumphant return on Feb. 21 on Disney+.

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