The reason behind why The Star Wars Detours show will likely never be released
The Star Wars Detours show was a failed animated series that was canceled before it even aired. Disney had planned to release the series in 2013, but after spending $10 million on production, they found out that their target demographic of 18-34-year-olds didn’t care for the idea of watching an animated comedy about Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine’s day-to-day lives as roommates. It seems like every Star Wars fan has at least one unanswered question about what happened to Detours, so we’ve compiled some information from various sources around the web into one blog post!
What is The Star Wars Detours?
The first season would be 10 episodes long with each episode being 11 minutes long. Each episode would focus on two characters, with the main cast of Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, and Emperor Palpatine. The series was to be an animated comedy that would have followed their lives as roommates living in a house together.
The show was being created by Dave Filoni, the executive producer of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and one of the creators behind Avatar: The Last Airbender.
What happened to Detours?
Detours had been in production for a year before it was canceled abruptly. Two months ago Lucasfilm released an official statement confirming that they were not making any more episodes due to “story elements” crossing over with their new movies. But what are these story elements exactly? And why would this have caused such a sudden cancellation after all this time? Let’s take a look at some theories!
Some say that Disney canceled Detours because there is too much competition from other animated comedy shows on TV like Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers, and Archer.
Others say that Disney wanted to create a show for the new generation of kids who are too young to watch Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. But since they’re canceling Detours, it appears Disney has had second thoughts about this decision.
Some believe that The Force Awakens caused Lucasfilm some concern over whether or not there was an overlap in plotlines with what was being planned for future episodes of Detours.
Maybe George Lucas really is done making Star Wars movies? (He did retire after all!) Though he might still have been involved on the creative side which could be why these episode ideas crossed paths with his new films.
This is just speculation on my part.
There may have been some concern about the quality of what was being produced with these shorts and not wanting to tarnish Lucasfilm’s reputation too much or risk having it appear as though they had rushed something out just to meet contractual obligations (like with Boba Fett).
Why will it likely never been released?
In 2013 Lucasfilm announced Detours would air beginning this fall. After spending $100 million on production they found out from surveys conducted by Penn Schoen Berland research among 18-34-year-olds who are interested in Star Wars that not many people wanted to watch an animated comedy about Darth Vader’s friends just hanging around all day! It seems like every fan has at least one unanswered question about what happened to the show so we’ve compiled some information from various sources into one article to answer some of those questions.
It seems like every fan has at least one unanswered question about what happened to the show so we’ve compiled some information from various sources into one article to answer some of those questions.
The cancellation can be blamed on three things: budget, audience interest, and Disney acquisition
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