By: Dominic Jones
We speculated on the latest episode of The SWU Podcast that the animated series Star Wars Rebels may not have the same lengthy life span that The Clone Wars had and now, it seems, we may have been right! SlashFilm is reporting that Lucasfilm is only planning to do "'about' three or four seasons" of Rebels and that they already have plans for the next Star Wars animated series, which will be set in the "cinematic" (sequel trilogy) era.
This all makes sense logically. Rebels would wrap up around 2017/2018 and the new series would start immediately afterwards. We expect Episode VIII to be coming out in 2017, so we would be fully introduced to and entrenched in the sequel era at that point (compared to now, where we know next to nothing about it). In addition, as we said on the podcast, starting a new animated series every few years is a great way to bring in new fans who may avoid Rebels because there have already been several seasons and they would have to get caught up.
As always this is just a rumor until confirmed or denied by Lucasfilm or Disney
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