The below is from a letter to Disney shareholders that went out yesterday that lifted the veil of secrecy surrounding Star Wars: Rebels just a bit higher. First off, it’s coming sooner than we thought. Summer 2014 will see a series of shorts lead to a a series opener movie on the Disney Channel. After that, the regular episodes will air on Disney’s animation channel, Disney XD, as originally announced.
What I’m waiting to hear next is an announcement on Clone Wars “Season 6”. It’s not really a season proper but, it’s not one finale. The last I heard there were going to be around ten episodes to tie up existing storylines (most especially Ahsoka’s) and they were working on them. I imagine they’ll be released straight to Blu Ray, but you’d think they’d want that done with before turning to a whole new epic. Let’s hope we get a announcement on that from Filoni and company soon.
This is an extract from the Disney shareholder letter that was sent out to shareholders in hard copy this week. It confirms a Star Wars Rebels movie coming this summer on the Disney Channel as well as a series of Star Wars Rebels shorts (probably to introduce us to the characters in the show) which will also be shown on the Disney Channel. This will be followed by a continuing series on Disney XD as we’d previously expected.
We can’t wait!
Source: The Walt Disney Company
OFFICIAL SERIES SYNOPSIS
The series is set between the events of Episode III and IV — an era spanning almost two decades never-before explored on-screen. It takes place in a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape.
“Star Wars Rebels” will be produced by Lucasfilm Animation, featuring many of the key talents that made “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.” It is scheduled to premiere in fall 2014 as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel, and will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world.