Since Disney+ launched, there have been numerous updates on the long lost animated comedy series “Star Wars: Detours” being added to the streaming service. With new trademarks being filed last year and earlier this year
“Star Wars: Detours” began production before Disney took over Lucasfilm in 2012 and the new comedy animated series was being developed by George Lucas and Robot Chicken’s Brendan Hay. The new series is set between Revenge Of The Sith and A New Hope. There are many characters from the Star Wars universe featuring in the show including Obi-Wan Kenobi, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Bossk, Han Solo, Lando and many more.
This series had over 39 short episodes, that had been completed, but when Disney took over Lucasfilm, the project was put on hold.
Earlier this year, there was reported that several additional unfinished episodes have been completed and that the series would be released on May 4th. However, that sadly never came to be.
Recently, Detour’s co-creator Seth Green spoke with Entertainment Weekly, as part of his promotion for the new Disney+ series “Star Wars: The Bad Batch”, which sees him providing the voice for Bounty Hunter Cad Bane’s robot, Todo 360.
During the interview, he was asked for an update about “Star Wars: Detours”.
“The most recent conversations I’ve had with anybody who would be in a position to say so say that it’s not soon”.
And he added:
“Well, there are 39 episodes that were finished for broadcast. But we finished them almost 10 years ago, and so there would have to be a bit of reconfiguring of the existing stuff to make it something that Disney+ would release as a Lucasfilm offering. And the way it’s been explained to me is that there hasn’t been enough interest high enough up to go through what it would take to put it out, and that there isn’t an interest in releasing this content on Disney+ from Lucasfilm.”
Seth Green also explained why, even if the series is never released, he enjoyed making it:
“I don’t really have an emotional position because I got to spend four straight years making something with George Lucas. And my partner and I, and all of the people that got to work on it — the artists and actors and directors and animators — we all got to make something Star Wars with the guy who created it. And so I know over those four years that he was having fun, and that’s really all I care about. I got a priceless experience with one of my truest heroes, and got to see him laugh and enjoy all of the things that he had created, in a time before he agreed to sell them to somebody else.”
It still sounds like Lucasfilm isn’t comfortable releasing the series onto Disney+, or at least spending any more money on the project. Recently Disney added a number of older films and series on Disney+ including “Droids” and the “Ewok Adventures”, as part of the “Star Wars Vintage Collection”, which isn’t considered “canon”, so officially they never happened within the Star Wars universe. Which would seem to be a perfect place to release this long lost series.
Would you like to see “Star Wars: Detours” finally released onto Disney+?
Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.