Odds are, if you are a diehard Star Wars fan, you have more new stuff than you can possibly keep up with. We've only had one new movie thus far since Disney purchased Lucasfilm, but there have been plenty of expanded universe novels, comic books, video games and of course, the animated TV series Star Wars Rebels. All of these things like to sprinkle in bits of Star Wars lore and impact our understanding of the movies, but it looks like the next season of Rebels may be absolutely essential viewing, because there is a chance it could directly affect future movies.
Recently, producer and writer for Rebels, Simon Kindberg, did an interview with Moviefone in which Star Wars was discussed heavily. The main focus was on the interconnectivity of it all and how everything that is part of the new Star Wars canon has to work together and fit together. When talking about it, Kindberg made a bit of an interesting statement that implies the next season of the show could very well have an effect on what we see in future live-action Star Wars movies. Here is what he had to say.
"What's lovely is, obviously, we've brought in characters from 'Clone Wars' in the second season, and we keep sort of bringing characters from the original movies and sort of deepening the relationships between our core characters, the Ghost crew. So it's trying to balance the two different things, like the original cast from the first season with 'Clone Wars,' with characters from the original movies, and maybe even feeding into future movies."
Most of that statement is pretty vanilla and largely what one might expect. It is that last little bit that is potentially very tantalizing though. Kindberg mentions that live-action characters are brought into the expanded universe, such as Rebels, all of the time. What doesn't happen nearly as much is to have the shows having an affect on things that happen on the movie side of things. Marvel is very famously not having much if any crossover from their movie and TV divisions right now, and Disney owns both Marvel and Star Wars, so one would imagine that the same philosophy would largely carry over. But it sounds like if Kindberg has his way, he would like Rebels to have a wider effect on the Star Wars universe. Kindberg did talk about the idea of interconnectivity as something he enjoys as well, and not something that he considers to be a burden.
"I think part of the fun of the way they're building the universe is that it is interconnected between the different movies and even beyond the movies ... It's something that was true in comic books going back, the way that you'd have interconnections between characters and stories. Even sometimes from DC to Marvel. I like the way that those stories are told in the larger tapestry. And, also, getting to work with other artists and filmmakers and writers, and use their talents - I like not being by myself in a room when I work. I like having other collaborators. You're with some of the world's best."
What Kindberg is proposing is not at all out of the question, it seems. In the recent barrage of Rogue One updates we received via Entertainment Weekly, it was revealed that Forest Whitaker is playing a character by the name of Saw Gerrera. Star Wars: The Clone Wars fans were familiar with the name, because he was a character who originally appeared on that show. This is a very big deal because it is an official way for Disney to say that they are perfectly willing to take what has been done on the expanded universe side of things and bring it over into the live-action side of things. That is essentially what Kindberg is teasing, so it is very plausible.
What is also perhaps interesting to note is that, Kindberg is one of the main forces behind Star Wars Rebels, which is a Disney project. But he is also one of the main forces behind Fox's X-Men franchise right now, and as we know, Disney and Marvel would very much like for their characters to be back at home, so it is hard to know if the studio is all sunshine and roses with Kindberg, or if it is a sleeping with the enemy kind of a situation. Star Wars Rebels Season 3 is set to premiere on Disney XD this fall and Rebels season 2 will be released on Blu-ray August 30.