Dave Filoni Q&A
Outlet: MOVIEPILOT.DE Journalist: Oliver Lysiak Date: January 24, 2014
What will the greatest differences be between the new show and Clone Wars? I think that visually the style is quite different. The look of
is based much more on the classic
trilogy, where the
The Clone Wars
was a prequel era series. We will see many things that are famous to
, but have not appeared on screen in a while. Star Destroyers, TIE Fighters, and Stormtroopers - basically the Empire is back and that is a big change, since, for many years, we have only seen the Republic in action. The tone of the series is also different.
The Clone Wars
got very dark as we headed towards the end of the war and the downfall of the Jedi.
Star Wars Rebels
brings back the banter and faster pace that the original films were famous for.
Will there be any connections at all to the new Star Wars movies?
It’s hard to say at this point
. There are so many elements in motion. The stories are very far apart time wise, so direct connections are difficult. They will connect in that they are both parts of the overall
continuity that we are building.
Could you tell us a little bit about the setting of "Star Wars Rebels"?
takes place in the Outer Rim. The audience typically thinks of Tatooine as the place where Luke Skywalker grew up, when the Outer Rim is mentioned. We are on a more civilized
planet, and one that profited from the Empire’s existence in the beginning. Most of the stories
take place on the planet Lothal, which is a grass planet with large monolithic stones on the surface. The look comes from some Ralph McQuarrie concept paintings that were done for the original
films. We tried to make Lothal look and feel like a planet that would have been in the original film trilogy. It
’s alien, but you feel like it’s someplace that you could visit on
Earth geographically. Hoth, Tatooine, and Endor are all like this, so we think it fits in well.
What is special about the brand-new character that has just been revealed today - Chopper? We like to say if Artoo is a dog, Chopper is a cat. Meaning that Chopper does things when he wants to and how he wants to. He is a bit stubborn and cranky. I think this is a nice departure from the loveable Artoo-Deetoo. I think people will really enjoy Chopper - at least cat people will.