Simon Kinberg Talks “Star Wars Rebels”

While the next live-action “Star Wars” film is a few years off, the end of this year sees the debut of “Star Wars Rebels,” an upcoming animated series set between the prequel and original trilogies.

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, executive producer Simon Kinberg spoke about the story of the series which will explore the genesis of the Rebel Alliance in a galaxy totally dominated by the Galactic Empire:

“I always loved origin stories and the origin of an entire organization, I don’t think we’ve seen that before, and we’ve approached it in a real-world way.

If I told the story of the American Revolution, I wouldn’t want to start with the most famous battle, I’d want to start when it was just four guys in a room, the earliest spark of that seems dramatic and cool. That’s a big part of the fun of it, the little back-room dealings, the first time you see it’s possible to stand up to the Empire.

The world we’re creating is an Imperial world. You’re seeing the impact of the Empire, of Stormtroopers around the galaxy, abusing and oppressing people. Thematically and politically, it goes to some dark places.

But for the tone of the show we took our cues from the original movies, which had fun and adventure and swashbuckling with emotion and grounded human characters. We took all our cues from the original films. Obviously there are slight tonal differences between New Hope, Empire and Jedi. But I think the closest intended voice of the show is A New Hope.

So there are places where we get into darker backstories, there are places we see how cruel and malevolent the Empire can be, but for the most part it’s a fun and character-driven story.”

Kinberg also claims that the show’s aesthetics will be very different from “The Clone Wars” series and much more inspired by Ralph McQuarrie, one of the original concept artists on the classic trilogy.

That means the art is “softer… more of a feel of being drawn” and will match the “bit of a hand-made quality” of the first few films. It also means we’ll see a ton of art designs McQuarrie did for the original films that was never used including worlds, vehicles and creatures.

“Star Wars Rebels” is currently scheduled to premiere this Fall on the Disney Channel and Disney XD.