Remember, Star Wars: Detours? It was announced at the Star Wars Celebration in 2012 with a debut trailer, followed by three clips showcasing the series’ hilariously funny though kid friendly spin on the Star Wars universe. I mention it’s kid friendly because the show comes from Robot Chicken creators, Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, who you already know are spectacular at lampooning not only Star Wars, but almost every aspect of nerdy media, though not necessarily in a G or even PG-rated way.

Since then there’s been barely a word about it. When The Clone Wars was axed I recall a brief mention of Detours, but otherwise, nada. And a lot has changed for that galaxy far, far away, what with Disney buying out Lucasfilm and effectively taking control of the entire franchise’s future. With Clone Wars gone they began work on their own animated adventure series, Star Wars Rebels. But what happened to Detours?

Well, Green confirmed in a recent Reddit AMA they have plenty of finished and ready to go episodes, they’re just waiting for the word,

So there’s actually been quite a bit of talk about this, but Detours is just on hold currently. We have 39 finished episodes and around 62 finished scripts. But that entire show was created before the decision to make more Star Wars movies, so our show (which was created by George Lucas) is an animated sitcom in the world of Star Wars, so we had a lot of conversations with Kathleen Kennedy about Star Wars in not just the next 3 years but the next 30 years, and when you’re in as privileged a position as we were to be able to work on Star Wars content with its creator, you get a great sense of responsibility to the whole.

I was introduced to Star Wars as a child and it was without any ironic or comedic lens, so I saw Darth Vader as scary, and I saw all of those messages very very clearly. We didn’t think it made any sense, in anticipation of these new movies coming out, to spend the next 3 years with an animated sitcom as 3 generations’ of kids first introduction to the Star Wars universe.

All right, begrudgingly, I’ll admit this makes a lot of sense. Sure, I want to see Detours as soon as possible, but from a brand standpoint I can see Disney’s concern. They want these new Star Wars movies front and center, and a slapstick retelling geared at kids with those iconic characters would steal the movies’ thunder. That all being said, Green was hopeful we would see Detours before too long, heavily hinting at all the opportunities for distribution besides the typical airing on television route,

I do feel that Detours is a timeless bit of entertainment. Media distribution is changing so quickly, so dramatically, that can you even imagine what distribution of content will look like in 5 years?

In a day and age when Netflix series are nominated for the top accolades TV has to offer, what is to say what it will look like when the new Star Wars movie comes out? So Detours can sit on a shelf until the Star Wars movie comes out without losing any of its lustre, because what we’ve created is very funny, very smart and like I said before, timeless.

And y’know, Netflix did ink a deal with Disney, perhaps we’ll see Detours show up there before or right after Episode VII releases? What are you thinking? Is Detours worth the wait?

Source: Bleeding Cool

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