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Dave Filoni, producer of the animated series Star Wars: Clone Wars, learned early on that fans of the Star Wars franchise are not the easiest audience to please, but says in a recent interview with Deadline that he learned from George Lucas, creator of saga, not to care too much about what the fans think of their work.
“I never really think about it in those terms. George and I never really talked in those terms, as much as what the fans would allow. It was always their experiences making the films and more their sensibilities that we always discussed. Finally, when it comes to that, how story teller, you need to tell a story you like and hope that other people like it too. I think there are enough shared sensibilities about what we all like about Star Wars, because it’s an adventure, it’s fun, there’s a lot of tension and mythology, but you know, everyone can approach it from a different point of view.
Working with George, I would be able to see the first-hand decisions being made and the instincts he possessed, and I tried my best to replicate that, but ultimately, as a fan, I put these stories in the context I like. I’ve always felt that if you’re just chasing what fans are going to like or dislike, I don’t think it will ever end. And very early, when I worked here, when I started Clone Wars, I thought: if I can’t do this program in a way that is natural for me, that George likes, I probably shouldn’t be doing it. I would be wrong for that, and that would be good, but I had to work hard to do it with what he taught me and see if it worked and so far everything is fine. Fifteen years later, I’m still here, so I think I get it right most of the time, I hope. “
Clone Wars debuted in October 2008. Its first five seasons were broadcast on Cartoon Network, with the sixth released by Netflix that, in 2014, canceled the animation. However, with the launch of Disney + last year, it was announced that the series would return for a new and final season, originally aired between February 21 and May 4, 2020 on the platform.
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