It’s as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in horror and were suddenly silenced. Seth Green’s ‘Star Wars: Detours’ has been cancelled at least for now.
I’ll let that sink in for a moment.
A while back we heard that ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars‘ was cancelled and ‘Star Wars: Detours’ was delayed. It was a slew of bad news but that was okay. A delay wasn’t the end of the world and everyone who has seen the ‘Star Wars: Detours trailers was excited about the show. Clearly this was still a go.
However, Disney didn’t seem to agree as they have officially shelved the show indefinitely before it aired a single episode – even with the series already having nearly 40 episodes fully completed.
Again, I’ll let that sink in. 40. Episodes. Fully. Completed.
Recently Green commented on the situation:
“So there’s actually been quite a bit of talk about this, but ‘Detours’ is just on hold currently. We have 39 finished episodes and around 62 finished scripts. But that entire show was created before the decision to make more Star Wars movies, so our show (which was created by George Lucas) is an animated sitcom in the world of ‘Star Wars’, so we had a lot of conversations with Kathleen Kennedy about Star Wars in not just the next 3 years but the next 30 years, and when you’re in as privileged a position as we were to be able to work on Star Wars content with its creator, you get a great sense of responsibility to the whole.”
So the reason behind it? It’s all about the new ‘Star Wars’ trilogy and its origin story spinoffs in production. As Green explains:
“I was introduced to ‘Star Wars’ as a child and it was without any ironic or comedic lens, so I saw Darth Vader as scary, and I saw all of those messages very very clearly. We didn’t think it made any sense, in anticipation of these new movies coming out, to spend the next 3 years with an animated sitcom as 3 generations of kids first introduction to the Star Wars universe.”
So with the dramatic and fantasy elements of the original trilogy being the tone they are once again going for, a comedic and lighthearted animated comedy isn’t what Disney wants to produce.
This is sad for all of us because the show really looked hilarious. Green does have some hope, though, that the show could be released down the line after the next trilogy has come and gone:
“I do feel that ‘Detours’ is a timeless bit of entertainment. Media distribution is changing so quickly, so dramatically, that can you even imagine what distribution of content will look like in 5 years?
In a day and age when Netflix series are nominated for the top accolades TV has to offer, what is to say what it will look like when the new Star Wars movie comes out? So Detours can sit on a shelf until the Star Wars movie comes out without losing any of its lustre, because what we’ve created is very funny, very smart and like I said before, timeless.”
Personally I hope Disney changes their mind and runs with them even if they are on a direct to DVD release. People want to see this. In fact, after the last mess of movies, people who were fans of the original really want to see this.
Do you agree? Is ‘Star Wars: Detours’ a new series that needs to be released or will it spoil the upcoming films?