Star Wars: The Clone Wars was an animated series that ran 5 seasons on Cartoon Network, with its final 6th "season" airing on Netflix. With the advent of the new unified Star Wars continuity that eschews much of the previuos non-movie lore, one might write off Star Wars: The Clone Wars as an old fossil. Not so fast! Even as the next, in canon, Star Wars animated series is about to debut, Lucasfilm doesn't want you to forget about The Clone Wars. Starwars.com has opened up a new section on their site called Star Wars: The Clone Wars Legacy which houses material that would have been used in future seasons of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
The material on the site come not from new stories, but stories that were already written, but not shot (fully animated). Pablo Hidalgo, who is a part of the Lucasfilm Story Group (which determines the new canon), says that these newly revealed stories are still viewed as "having happened". This initiative actually already started earlier this year with Dark Horse's release of the 4-part Star Wars: Darth Maul - Son of Dathomir comic. The comic, which ran from May through August was written by Jeremy Barlow with art by Juan Frigeri, Mauro Vargas, and Wes Dzioba. It continued Maul's story from the series with Maul being used by Darth Sidious to coax the leader of the Nightsisters out of hiding, and Maul's attempts to get revenge on Count Dooku and General Grievous.
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Another story is revealed via "story reels" on the Star Wars website. This story arc is titled "Crystal Crisis on Utapau". Story reels are animatics that are put together to help provide a better idea of the timing and blocking of the eventually produced episodes. The story revolves around Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi investigating a death on Utapau. While there, they uncover an ominous weapons deal. During this arc, Skywalker is also dealing with the loss of his padawan Ashoka Tano. The story was broken up into four episodes: A Death on Utapau, In Search of the Crystal, Crystal Crisis, and The Big Bang.
Star Wars: Dark Disciple will take the form of a novel by Christie Golden, and will be published Summer of 2015 by Del Rey. This novel features a crossover between Sith apprentice Asaad Ventress and Jedi Quinlan Vos. Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels showrunner Dave Filoni says that the author (and novel format) can "expand on these ideas [complexity of Ventress' character] in an intricate way that I was never going to have time to do on a TV series".
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In addition to the clips and stories about the three arcs, there are concept art galleries for each of them. But could there be more? in the video introducing the site, are hints that it is possible. Hidlago says "…we're on the cusp of telling all these new stories and having them really be integral to the canon as we move forward". Matt Michnovetz, head writer on Star Wars: Clone Wars Season 6 tells us "we're very careful in the steps we taking, we're not moving too fast, we're making sure that everything we meshes not only from a continuity standpoint, but from a sensibility standpoint as well"; and Filoni states "…we have many many many good stories that hopefully the audience will get to see" Whether these are for future Clone Wars projects or if are referring to the upcoming Rebels is unclear.
Always in motion is the future.
Watch an introduction video for Star Wars: The Clone Wars Legacy:
Sample Son of Dathomir concept art:
Republic base on Ord Mentell by Jim Moore
Kyber Crystal by Amy Beth Christenson
Sample Dark Disciple concept art:
Quinlan Vos by Darren Marshall