Lucasfilm plans animated 'Star Wars' series

12:12 PM PST 04/05/2010 by Nellie Andreeva, AP

Teams with 'Robot Chicken's' Seth Green, Matthew Senreich

After two hit "Robot Chicken" parodies of "Star Wars," "Chicken" masterminds Seth Green and Matthew Senreich get to do the real thing.

Lucasfilm Animation on Monday announced it is developing a new animated "Star Wars" series that will take a comedic and irreverent look at the characters from the sci-fi franchise and feature creative involvement from Green and Senreich as well as writing from Brendan Hay ("The Daily Show").

Jennifer Hill ("The Backyardigans") will produce, with Todd Grimes ("Back at the Barnyard") on board to direct.

"The 'Star Wars' universe is so dense and rich; it's crazy to think that there aren't normal, mundane everyday problems in a world so well-defined," Green said. "What do these characters do when they're not overthrowing empires?"

Added Senreich, "We're going to pull back the curtain of some of those behind-the-scenes shenanigans."

There is no network announced for the new series, but given Lucasfilm Animation and Green and Senreich's close ties with Cartoon Network, a deal with Cartoon or its Adult Swim programming block appears likely.

The new comedic "Star Wars" series follows Lucasfilm Animation's series "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," which airs on Cartoon Network.

Meanwhile, "Chicken," buoyed by its popular "Star Wars: Episode 1 and 2" specials, is the flagship series on Adult Swim.
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