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Simon Kinberg talks Star Wars: Rebels animated series and how it will be true to the original trilogy

Dec. 20, 2013by:
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Executive producer and screenwriter Simon Kinberg (X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, SHERLOCK HOLMES) is ushering in a new, but familiar, era for STAR WARS fans with the new animated series Star Wars: Rebels, which takes place just before STAR WARS: EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE, where the formation of the Rebel Alliance takes shape. Kinberg, a devout STAR WARS fan, has a specific goal in mind for the show, saying:

"The hope and the dream is that the experience of Rebels is similar to the experience of watching A New Hope, and Empire, and Jedi for the first time."

Kinberg goes on to discuss the creation of the new villain, The Inquisitor, and how he will play into the overall STAR WARS universe, saying that Darth Vader is "the greatest villain in the history of storytelling" and that factored into the creation of the new baddie as he would have to be both "formidable and terrifying" while also showing that it's "possible for anyone to end up like him."

After years of the Clone Wars I'm excited to see a new era of animated STAR WARS and the passion that Kinberg and his team have is enough to keep that excitement going. Kinberg seems to have the pulse of the franchise and realizes the impact it will have on current and future fans, saying:

"Rebels is going to be the first point of entry for a new generation of Star Wars fans," he says, "and it will hopefully be a point of return for existing Star Wars fans."

Star Wars: Rebels will premiere in fall of 2014 as a one-hour special on the Disney Channel.

Source: Star Wars

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9:07PM on 12/20/2013
I really like Greg Weisman's work, so here's hoping this is great.
I really like Greg Weisman's work, so here's hoping this is great.
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2:24PM on 12/20/2013
As much as I enjoyed the Clone Wars, I spent the entire time watching it wishing they'd do the same kind of show for the Original Trilogy era. Though I did feel it was getting close to time for Clone Wars to wrap up, I just couldn't help but be a bit upset at how unceremoniously it was canceled without a properly built up ending. My only hope is that we'll at least get some closure with the "Bonus Content" and maybe some story-lines carried over into Rebels.
As much as I enjoyed the Clone Wars, I spent the entire time watching it wishing they'd do the same kind of show for the Original Trilogy era. Though I did feel it was getting close to time for Clone Wars to wrap up, I just couldn't help but be a bit upset at how unceremoniously it was canceled without a properly built up ending. My only hope is that we'll at least get some closure with the "Bonus Content" and maybe some story-lines carried over into Rebels.
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1:32PM on 12/20/2013
Will anybody who worked on Clone Wars be involved in this show or did the Mouse House can all of their asses?
Will anybody who worked on Clone Wars be involved in this show or did the Mouse House can all of their asses?
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2:16PM on 12/20/2013
It's mostly the same people with a few key additions like Weisman and Kinberg. I'm venturing a guess that whatever spin-off film Kinberg is working on will probably tie in with Rebels due to his close involvement.
It's mostly the same people with a few key additions like Weisman and Kinberg. I'm venturing a guess that whatever spin-off film Kinberg is working on will probably tie in with Rebels due to his close involvement.
9:22PM on 12/20/2013
Dave Filoni still the brainchild.
Dave Filoni still the brainchild.
10:14PM on 12/20/2013
Great news - I was afraid they were getting screwed.
Great news - I was afraid they were getting screwed.
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