Dave Filoni Open to Helm a Star Wars Stand-Alone Movie!

Dave Filoni

Clone Wars Director and Rebels Executive Producer Dave Filoni spoke with /Film about the upcoming Star Wars: Rebels show and was also asked if he would be interested in helming a spin-off movie. Check out his answer after the jump…


From /Film:

/Film: For the next few years, you obviously are concentrating on Star Wars Rebels. But is a Star Wars spin-off movie something you’d want to do? Would you want to get in line to direct whether it be a Rebels movie or some random spin-off movie 10 years down the road?


Dave Filoni: Oh, of course. That’s a selfish thing to say, but of course. I mean, if I were to get an opportunity like that A, I wouldn’t turn it down. B, I would see it as a great honor to do it. And I would apply all my Jedi knowledge to doing it as best I can. When I see these spin-offs happening, I’ve got definitely more than a few ideas of things that I would love to see finished and some things that makes them, I think, personally great stories.


Dave Filoni

So right now I am focused on Rebels and I’ve got a brilliant crew working on that. And I’m excited for Gareth and you know what he’s gonna do. I’m excited for Rian and J.J. and what they’re doing. It’s kind of nice to have other really big head creatives working on Star Wars now. I can definitely empathize with them, with the pressure and the struggles. And, you know, I’ve got Simon working with me and he’s been fantastic. So we’ve got this great community of creatives now for the first time in Star Wars.


You know, the writers weren’t even up at the Ranch when we did The Clone Wars. They were all down in L.A. working satellite. So it was really George and I there all the time and it’s just fun to have these other guys. I’ll see them come up on continuity problems and I’m just like “Ha, ha, ha, yeah, I’ve been there. It’s great, isn’t it?” But the main thing I tell them is what a wonderful experience it’s truly gonna be and how the Star Wars fan community yes, they’re particular, yes, they know their stuff, but they love it and they’ve always embraced what we’ve done, but they challenge us and they should. They should challenge us to do new things and exciting things and, you know, that’s when our job is done its best.

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28 thoughts on “Dave Filoni Open to Helm a Star Wars Stand-Alone Movie!

  • August 2, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    He should totally do an Ashoka Tano Movie finish of her story. As it stands at the minute she left the Jedi order so could well have lived through order 66. unless she is to reappear in rebels

    • August 4, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      I hope not

  • August 2, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    No…. Just no……

    • August 3, 2014 at 2:18 am

      Like it or not, Miss Tano will make a return (probably in Rebels).

      I would be shocked if they put all that effort into her and then no explanation of what happened to her is attempted.

      Personally? Kinda want to see her in Rebels encounter Darth Vader, realize it’s Anakin, and he kill her (preferably after being forced to by Sidious) …if nothing else, that would be a great storyline for Vader to show his continued fall to evil but as well the inner conflicts that would eventually lead him back to the light side.

      Just saying.

  • August 2, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Yes…just yes..get over it anonymous.

  • August 2, 2014 at 6:26 pm


    Kati Kennedy is too clever for that.

  • August 2, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    This would be a great idea. He worked closely with George Lucas for many years and knows what it takes to make Star Wars.

      • August 2, 2014 at 9:33 pm

        Because George Lucas contributed absolutely nothing of value to the franchise in the eyes of OT purists. Which seems to include the OT itself, ironically enough.

        • August 2, 2014 at 9:43 pm

          Yeah. Because that’s what Aras was getting at…

          • August 2, 2014 at 10:05 pm

            I greatly admire who Lucas used to be. I mean yeah, of course, he created Star Wars, none of us would be posting here if Lucas never existed. I appreciate that… but that doesn’t mean that I have to like everything he makes. I think it’s well documented that his divorce took a huge toll on him, and that his ex wife actually had a lot to do with what made Star Wars OT great. But I think that divorce did something to Lucas that made him lose his vision as an artist. It’s not unique to him, it happens to a lot of talented people.

            I’m equally obsessed with Brian Wilson and have got to say, His new music is terrible… that doesn’t mean I’m not a fan. I still think Pet Sounds and Smile are among the best 10 albums of all time… just because I don’t like the new music doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate his past achievements. Does that make more sense?

        • August 4, 2014 at 1:25 pm

          No he was a great film maker once. But the PT shows that whatever he had. He has lost. The PT were an embarrassment.

  • August 2, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Spin offs, get your hot fresh Spinoffs….who else wants a turn?

    Honestly, I hardly recognize these guys these days.
    Seems like if you have any iota about making a movie, they throw a huge budget t you and roll out the carpet. There’s no earning it anymore, no grown and hard worak. Just make a hip audience pleaser and you’re on your way to helming a major deal. I dont know. Maybe directing has changed. Its just strange.

  • August 2, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Oh god no. It’s bad enough he’s been brought back from the clone wars to do Rebels.

  • August 2, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    No earning it? One can come into filmmaking and/or rise in filmmaking from any quarter. In the time before film schools, directors came from theatre. They came from camera experience. They came from editing experience. Writing. Acting, etc., etc. And still do. Dave’s experience in animation (story-boarding) and broadly in Star Wars qualifies him. He has earned it in that sense and in others, e.g., working with the story group. Doing hard work. Yes. Putting together or being part of a major deal, well, yes, too. That is a reality of commerce and art. How well Filoni and other LFL collaborators and suits do that is another question altogether and is the stuff of a discussion that goes back to Aristotle.

  • August 2, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    One male director after another. Sigh.

    • August 3, 2014 at 11:58 pm

      yeah because you know…there are SOOOOo many talented female directors willing and able to direct a star wars movie. they are literally beating down the doors at Lucasfilm for a shot……pffft (roll’s eyes)..NAME ONE FEMALE DIRECTOR you know of who would do Star Wars Justice or even be interested for that matter. I bet you cant.

      • August 4, 2014 at 5:51 am

        Kathryn Bigelow, maybe?

        I think that there aren’t many female directors that people could see as being into making another Star Wars movie because so few women have actually directed action movies in general. I would like to see a Star Wars movie directed by a woman, but I’m not calling Disney sexist for not picking a woman to direct right off the bat.

  • August 2, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    It’s too bad about the way the film industry works because DF is by far the best guy to direct a Star Wars movie. Far better than JJ or RJ or any of those other directors.

    He spent almost 10 years in a masterclass with Lucas.

    What these guys are barely just learning is something he’s been doing for years now.

    It’s funny how he actually has been making Star Wars for years but instead of going to him it’s “find this other guy who did this film.”

    • August 2, 2014 at 8:48 pm


      Maybe it’s wise to pass on Filoni since the clone wars are boring and predictable… if it’s boring and predictable then who cares if Lucas was involved or not? Lucas himself has been sucking for quite some time now… Indy IV anyone?

    • August 4, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      I can’t really judge DF based off TCW. Which I think suck. But what did he really have to work with. It’s main characters are mostly from the PT which sucked even worse. The whole style and feel to TCW is similar to the PT if that is what he has to offer than I don’t what one more second of it. But I am willing to suspend judgment on him till after I see what he does with rebels. If it’s anything like TCW than he’s a hack and he shouldn’t be allowed on a film set.

  • August 2, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    There was another clone wars animated series… I thought it was FAAAAR superior to Filoni’s… anyone ever seen it? Way more entertaining and Star Wars-ish. Though I’d prefer to get a cinematic director and producer to do spin-offs. Spike Jonze, Christopher Nolan, Terri Gilliam, etc etc etc.

    • August 4, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      I love terry Gilliam but he would be a really odd choice for Star Wars

      • August 5, 2014 at 12:02 am

        Believe it or not Lucas wanted David Lynch to direct ROTJ! (I think)

  • August 2, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    I personally would love to see him do some stand alone animated movies, the Darth Bane story specifically (seeing as though he was acknowledged in ‘The Clone Wars’)… it’s pretty violent for a Star Wars story though, might be a bit dark for the ‘Disney’ label.

  • August 3, 2014 at 2:02 am

    The idea that Disney is too “bubblegum” and “kid friendly” to be dark is absurd, especially if you’ve been watching these Marvel films. Off the top of my head, Iron Man 3 alone deals with PTSD and people turning into spontaneously combusting bombs. Thor dealt with genocide. The Avengers, amongst several things, included a character sacrificing himself and then his blood covered belongings being used to motivate others. Oh, and to fit in with Star Wars, the latest Thor had a scene where his hand was cut off.

    That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

    So I don’t think you should be worried about them watering down the franchise…after all, they knew they were buying something known for severed limbs and heads, numerous deaths, struggles between good and evil, child birth, almost incest, racism, genocide, and the slaughtering of small children.

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