For the past 12 years, Dave Filoni has proven himself as one of the best storytellers in the Star Wars galaxy with his work on Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. With the latter series now in its final season, could the producer next use his abilities to helm a live-action series?
"I tend to think in just stories," Filoni told ComicBook.com when asked what project he would tackle next. "There are stories that I want to tell. There are quite a few that I'm very interested in. The medium to me, in a lot of ways, unless it's important for the story, is not important. I've been really fortunate to spend a lot of time with [The Last Jedi writer/director] Rian Johnson and get on these sets and see their process from beginning to end. That's been really enlightening."
While the animated installments into the Star Wars universe might not be as well-known to the viewing public, they are integral components of the universe's mythos, thanks to Filoni and his creative teams.
"I found, in a lot of ways, I'm fortunate that what George [Lucas] taught me over the years on how to produce Clone Wars is not very dissimilar to the live-action process that I'm seeing around me and I think that's because George is a live-action guy," Filoni confessed.
"What lies ahead?" Filoni pondered. "I hope a lot of creative storytelling. I know that I, to this day, am still having a tremendous amount of fun in this galaxy. I don't know that I would have thought that when I started in 2005 at Lucasfilm. I kind of thought Clone Wars would be a two-year job, and really fun, and then I'd be back in L.A., but Lucasfilm is just the greatest creative place that I've certainly been, and I really enjoy the people here, the history it has."
He added, "So it's not just been a creative place, but a great education for me, as a would-be storyteller."
Granted, Filoni was coy about his answers and what his future held, but he never mentioned anything that would be relegated to a story told through animation, while he clearly was excited and inspired by the world of live-action Star Wars storytelling.
A live-action TV series has been rumored for years, with news regarding the project taking a backseat to the various films being produced more recently. With Disney debuting their own streaming service in 2019, a Star Wars series could serve as a flagship property to get subscribers to sign up.
You can catch new episodes of Star Wars Rebels Monday nights at 9:00 PM ET on Disney XD.