If you hate the long wait we'll likely have to endure before we see Seth Green's animated Star Wars sitcom, blame those new movies.
This time last year we'd already seen the first footage from Star Wars: Detours, the animated comedy from Green and his Robot Chicken partner Matthew Senreich, and it looked like a lot of fun. Then, in the wake of Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm, the announcement of at least three new Star Wars feature films and the cancellation of the acclaimed animated series Clone Wars, we were told the show was put on the shelf until "a later date" because Lucasfilm "reconsidered whether launching an animated comedy prior to the launch of Episode VII makes sense."
So that was the end of the Detours story until earlier this week, when Green took part in an AMA on Reddit and elaborated a bit on just what happened with the show. It turns out, by the time they found out they were getting shelved, Green and company had already produced nearly 40 episodes.
"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."
When discussing why exactly the show was axed, Green gave pretty much the same answer Lucasfilm did back when the announcement was made, but elaborated a bit on why it's important that those new movies take center stage over the next couple of years, at least.
"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," Green said. "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, just as Lucasfilm hinted, the decision was all about setting a very particular, more dramatic tone for the franchise in the lead-up to Episode VII's 2015 release. But does that mean we'll never see Detours, or at least that we won't see it as long as the new trilogy is being produced? According to Green, it doesn't matter, because it'll still hold up when we do see it.
"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."
So, the comedic side of Star Wars will apparently stay mostly hidden for at least the next two years, and for the moment Detours is a casualty of that philosphy. Even so, 39 episodes is quite a lot of money spent, so it seems likely that Lucasfilm will roll the show out some day. What do you think? How long until we finally see it?
(Via Bleeding Cool)