Dave Filoni Clarifies Star Wars Darth Maul Story “Sons of Dathomir!”

We have some good news today. Dave Filoni has clarified a little about the Maul story from a few days ago.

 I’d like to make clear that this storyline does not represent The Clone Wars series finale.

That is great solid news. We had heard as much from Pablo Hildalgo on Twitter. But it is nice to hear it from Filoni himself.

 I’ve seen some confusion about that online and want to set the record straight. There are additional Clone Wars episodes on the way and one arc in particular marks the series finale in my mind. We’ll have fun discussing that in the not too distant future.

I hope it won’t be coming via comic book if we can help it. My guess is he’s talking about the Yoda bonus content which is a really fitting end of the series from what we have heard. Speaking of, where is that bonus content?

The comics will be based on four finished scripts that were written for Season 6 . These scripts came out of one of our story conferences with George Lucas. As they moved through the production pipeline, they became finalized scripts with a great deal of the actual design work completed. The designs you will see, the plot lines, and character development in these comic books are all coming directly from the TV production. I turned over all of the art to Dark Horse so they could create an accurate representation of what we were planning for the show.

That is awesome news which means we won’t see to much wild interpretation but something nuanced with the look and fill of Dave Filoni’s television series. I am now officially onboard with this comic book.

Is it the final story for Darth Maul? You will have to read the comics to find out.

I hope not. On Twitter when the news broke everyone kept saying something to the equilvent of “better than nothing.” I totally disagree with the better than nothing take on Star Wars when we have the opposite of “nothing” coming our way in the next ten years with a lot of new films. I see this type of project as hindering a Darth Maul film.

The only silver lining in The Clone Wars being canceled and Darth Maul living on is the door it left wide open. Would I want a movie with Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan protecting Luke Skywalker from Maul who has tracked him down after all these years? A story where if Maul wins, Luke dies but if Maul escapes the information of Luke Skywalker could get back to the Emperor and Darth Vader? That’s just building on what we already have from the comics too. The last thing I want is Maul dead again at this point.

  • http://twitter.com/MakingStarWars/status/421756552437964800/ Jason Ward (@MakingStarWars)

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  • http://thewookieegunner.wordpress.com The Wookiee Gunner

    I feel the need to comment on something, which is completely unlike me because, let’s face it, I never really have anything smart to say, lol! Anyway, in your second to last paragraph, you said, “I see this type of project as hindering a Darth Maul film.” See, I don’t think we’ll ever have a Maul film or anything that comes close to it. TCW took a really big risk and brought back Maul, which ended up being a successful move, but a lot of people still don’t like that decision. Most of them (although I don’t have numbers to back this up) still consider TCW an abomination. So a Maul film would require you to have prior knowledge of the events that happened in TCW, and Disney/Lucasfilm, at this point, will probably create original material that will bypass having to go back and familiarize yourself with characters/events you may know nothing about, particularly characters/events from an animated series that only reached a smaller audience in comparison to the films’ audience. I highly, highly doubt we’ll ever see Ahsoka or anyone deriving from the TCW series (including Maul’s return) in any future installment. This is why a comic book, in my opinion, is better than nothing. And who knows, if a movie does end up being made, it could be based on the comic or the original scripts (or continue from there, which again, is tricky because your audience needs to be informed of prior events). The comic itself, I think, doesn’t hinder upon anything. It’s merely an bridge that COULD lead to something much larger.

  • http://makingstarwars.net Jason Ward (editor-in-chief)

    I think a movie with Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi on Tatooine with Ray Park back as Darth Maul would trump the negative discourse spewed forth by a select few in the vocal minority. More than not, I hear positive words about Star Wars; The Clone in comparison to the prequels. So I feel for a portion of the fandom that I could do without, who say “The Phantom Menace sucks but I liked Darth Maul and the fight,” you’re offering them that again, you’re using Luke Skywalker by proxy and you’re telling a good story. For those that liked the prequels, The Clone Wars, and still watch Star Wars stuff, it just continues the great story.

    But lets not forget, the spin-offs might not use the same editing style as the films we have. So you could retell some of Maul’s backstory at the start of the film too. You could show what happened to him after he fell down the pit on Naboo.

    The question I leave with is, does it matter if you know Star Wars: The Clone Wars or not? I think it mostly doesn’t matter if you use careful dialog like “you found me” and “I’ve been searching for you for what feels like an eternity, Kenobi!” So for some it will seem like this is the first time they’ve seen one another and for others, it will feel like a continuation.

    Star Wars: The Clone Wars really didn’t answer how Darth Maul lived. The show gave us a very open explanation about his hatred keeping him alive. For the characters dealing with Maul, that’s all that mattered and I was okay with that. All we got was some explanation in a comic book that was iffy even then that will likely not be apart of the new continuity anyways. What is in continuity is Darth Maul lived because George Lucas wrote it.

    Either way the wind blows at the end of the day, I want Maul’s death on screen, not in print. I would hate to see a missed opportunity. I would rather wait for the round of The Clone Wars nostalgia to come back for us to get that in animated form than saying it happened one way and having to live with that explanation for a long time.

    We have to discuss this on the podcast this week, clearly! :) That’s why you’re my best The Clone Wars bud.