Star Wars Detours is arguably one of the unreleased media’s holy grails regarding a galaxy far, far away. The show was announced nearly ten years ago and nearly 40 episodes have been completed. Yet it never saw the light of day. And Seth Green, one of the co-creators behind the animated series, explained why.
Just before Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012, Lucasfilm Animation teamed up with Seth Green and Matt Senreich, or, Robot Chicken fame, for Star Wars Detours. It was announced to Star Wars Celebration and had a lot to offer. George Lucas worked closely together on the series and there was even a trailer for it. But once the Disney purchase happened, things change. The direction of the franchise has changed. And since then Detours has been gathering dust. In a new interview, Green spoke about the status of the show, and it’s not promising.
“The most recent conversations I’ve had with someone who might say that say it won’t be anytime soon… There are 39 episodes ready to air. But we finished them almost 10 years ago, and so there would be would have to be a bit of reconfiguring the existing stuff to make it something that Disney+ would release as a Lucasfilm offering and the way it’s been explained to me is that there hasn’t been enough interest high enough to continue what it is would take to release it, and that there is no interest in releasing this content from Lucasfilm on Disney+.”
So there we have it. Even though Disney+ is hungry for Star Wars content after the success of The Mandalorian, there’s just no interest in doing whatever it takes to get this show ready for broadcast. Not only are 39 episodes, each about six minutes long, ready to go, but some 62 other scripts have already been written. You’d expect Seth Green to be bitter about wasting all this work. But as he explains, it was a worthwhile experience nonetheless.
“I’m not really in an emotional position because I’ve had to do something with George Lucas for four years in a row. And my partner and I, and all the people who worked on it, the artists and actors and directors and animators, we all need to do something.” Making Star Wars with the man who made it And so in those four years I know he had fun and that’s really all I care about I had an invaluable experience with one of my true heroes, seeing him laughing and enjoying all the things he had made, at a time before he agreed to sell them to someone else.”
The series, shot after the Star Wars, Robot Chicken specials, would have been more comical in tone. It also had an impressive voice cast, including Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Ahmed Best, Zachary Levi, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Joel McHale and more. “You literally wouldn’t believe the people who have worked on this project in all categories,” Green teased. He also added that he would like people to see it, but the experience he created made it all worth it.
“It’s not that I don’t care if people never see it, it’s just that in the end it doesn’t matter if nobody ever sees it because nobody can take that away from any of us. And things like that would never happen again, and I recognise that.”
Things change. Many thought we would never have again meer Star Wars movies. Yet here we are. And we also get a lot of new TV shows. If Disney+ can finally release the Ewok movies and even some of The Star Wars Holiday Special, perhaps Star Wars Detours may eventually see the light of day. This news comes to us at https://ew.com/tv/star-wars-detours-disney-lucasfilm-seth-green/|Entertainment Weekly.
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