Dave Filoni and Clone Wars Finale at Dark Horse Comics

One of the best things to come out of Star Wars in the last decade is Dave Filoni’s involvement. He was the Supervising Director of the television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and also the director of that series’ feature film. The cancelation of that series last year broke many fans’ hearts, mine included. Recently Dark Horse Comics has announced that they will have a four issue finale to the series, as the finale shown on small screen was a heartbreaker and left many plotlines unresolved. Today on Facebook, Filoni has clarified what the Dark Horse series will be.

“Before we get into the details about the Maul comic, I’d like to make clear that this storyline does not represent The Clone Wars series finale. I’ve seen some confusion about that online and want to set the record straight. There are additional Clone Wars episodes on the way and one arc in particular marks the series finale in my mind. We’ll have fun discussing that in the not too distant future.

Allow me to reveal in more detail what the story “Darth Maul, Son of Dathomir” is, and where it came from. As I have mentioned in previous interviews, for us to create the rich and incredibly complex stories that we were telling during The Clone Wars, we would be working on around fifty episodes at one time. This is from rough outline form, all the way through final sound design and picture lock. There were several stories that had gone through a substantial amount of development when the series was ended. We realized that this meant certain character arcs would go unfinished, but the Story and Publishing teams at Lucasfilm approached me with a unique way to continue Maul’s story for everyone who had been faithful to the show. The idea was to tell the story in comic book form, and knowing the great work that Dark Horse had done over the years, I thought it was an excellent plan.

The story of Darth Maul had become an important one for the series and it was only fitting that we chose him for a comic adaptation. The comics will be based on four finished scripts that were written for Season 6 . These scripts came out of one of our story conferences with George Lucas. As they moved through the production pipeline, they became finalized scripts with a great deal of the actual design work completed. The designs you will see, the plot lines, and character development in these comic books are all coming directly from the TV production. I turned over all of the art to Dark Horse so they could create an accurate representation of what we were planning for the show.

I am thrilled with the result, and thankful that we could partner with Randy Stradley and his team on this project. As I have always said, the stories told during the Clone Wars era will live on, and we are eager to share Darth Maul’s storyline with you. Is it the final story for Darth Maul? You will have to read the comics to find out.”

I’m very happy for a continuation of this series and to get some sort of (possible) closure with Maul. I’m also surprised to see that are more plans for the Clone Wars, which I also welcome. I believe that it’s been Filoni’s involvement in this series that made it enjoyable and his continue love of it that is allowing other avenues to continue it.

 

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer’s Guide for a few years with “It’s Bound to Happen!” and a contributor to TrekWeb for six years. He’s taught 8th graders English for 19 years, 9th graders 1 year, and currently English to 10th graders. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars or Indiana Jones items online.

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