[TV] Greg Weisman Talks About The Start Of The Rebel Alliance In Star Wars: Rebels Posted by Joseph Lee on 02.12.2014
A very important piece of the story...
In an interview with IGN, Star Wars: Rebels executive producer Greg Weisman spoke about the story of the project, which is the beginning of the Rebel Alliance. Dave Filoni (The Clone Wars) and writer Simon Kinberg are the other executive producers. Here are highlights:
On taking on a huge property like Star Wars: "I won't deny that there have been a couple of daunting moments. The biggest daunting moment was actually when they brought me up to the Skywalker Ranch and gave us the tour of the ranch, including the archives. I was very excited to walk into those archives. Then the moment I walked in there I was terrified, because they have these rows upon rows of freestanding shelves with lightsabers and model planets, and there's the Ark of the Covenant and there's the Death Star and there's all this stuff from Willow and all this stuff from various Indiana Jones movies -- 23 different bullwhips -- and all this stuff obviously from six different Star Wars films. All I could think about is that I'm going to be the jerk who leans against one of these shelves, and they cascade over like pillars in 23 different movies you've seen. Then out of the wreckage I hear two words: ‘You're fired.' So I was terrified -- daunted doesn't cover it. I stuck my hands in my pockets and tried not to move."
On working on Rebels: "Most of it's just been fantastic. I've got a couple of tremendous producing partners in Simon Kinberg and Dave Filoni -- two incredibly great guys that are really wonderful to work with. Then, just from a personality standpoint, there's no doubt of the three of us, I'm the crankiest. I'm the curmudgeon of the three of us. But they are just joys to work with, so incredibly talented. Then we've got -- I'm not allowed to say who -- a terrific writing staff on this show. We've got a phenomenal cast on this show -- I'm also not allowed to say who! -- but I know the names are going to be revealed very soon, just not yet."
On the tone of the series: "The tone of this show is very much in the vein of Episodes IV and V -- that is, there's some serious stuff going on; that doesn't mean we can't have humor, that doesn't mean we can't have romance, and that doesn't mean we can't have anything, frankly. We just also take the jeopardy very seriously, but we think we've got a great ensemble of characters to work with here in a world that starts on the planet Lothal and will continue to expand, assuming -- I mean, it even expands in Season 1 -- but assuming we get a pickup for multiple seasons, we'll continue to expand it, because this series really is about the founding of the Rebel Alliance. It doesn't exist when we come in."