LucasFilm and Disney were noticeably absent from SDCC last week, presumably holding all of their big “Star Wars” news for events they’re able to control–like the latest Star Wars Celebration, taking place in Europe. Today’s big reveal was that the upcoming Disney Channel series, “Star Wars Rebels,” has a logo and some concept art to go with it, based on the designs of the original trilogy concept artist Ralph McQuarrie.
The series’ Executive Producer David Filoni talked about the influence of McQuarrie’s work on the show, which will hew more closely to the designs of “Episodes IV-VI.” Based on the artwork Filoni revealed, that means ditching the sleek, sometimes textureless look used in the prequel trilogy (remember how shiny those Naboo fighters were?). So retro and clunky it is, then.
The image below is the Ghost, the ship being piloted by the main character of the animated “Rebels.” While Filoni revealed more art–including some of the Stormtroopers being designed for the series–these were the images LucasFilm was ready to release wide to the public.
According to LucasFilm, the series will take place during the 20 years between Episodes III and IV, during which time the in which the Empire was hunting down the last of the Jedi and pretty much becoming the Empire. The series will make its one-hour premiere in 2014 on the Disney Channel.
McQuarrie had some pretty high profile credits back in the 80’s, working not only on the original trilogy, but also providing concepts and illustrations for “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” and “E.T.” Until writing this piece, though, I wasn’t aware that he’d also done some concept work on Clive Barker’s “Nightbreed,” that strange, unloved horror movie from the early 90’s featuring David Cronenberg as a mask-wearing serial killer who tussles with Morlock-ian monsters.