Dave Filoni is considered one of Lucasfilm’s most respected creators, next to Jon Favreau and George Lucas himself. He was one of the heads of the popular Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV Series (not to be confused with the 2003 Mini Series Star Wars: Clone Wars by Genndy Tartakovsky) and the Star Wars: Rebels TV Series.
The Clone Wars Series was what gave him his “Big Break” and today he is one of Lucasfilm’s top executives, writing, directing and producing multiple Star Wars films and Television projects, but the funny thing is that Dave never expected to have been given this opportunity, which is why when George gave it to him he thought George was kidding.
In the Disney Plus Documentary Series Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, Dave Filoni recalled the first meeting he had with George Lucas about possibly developing the Clone Wars TV Series.
Dave said: “I almost didn’t get the job because I thought it was a practical joke.”
He received a call saying it was from Lucas himself. At first he thought someone was playing a joke on him, but after a moment he realized it was for real and accepted the call asking if he wanted an interview with Lucas. The two discussed the possibility of doing a TV series set between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, described as a “Meeting of the Minds” between the two.
The meeting impressed George and Dave was asked to be the show runner of the series with George giving direction of where he wanted to take the series. George gave Dave the material and is was up to Dave and his team to iron out and craft the story into a cohesive series that connected with the films and expanded lore of the franchise.
The series went on to become a huge success, creating many fan favorite characters like Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano and Clone Captain Rex, along with returning favorites like Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Count Dooku, General Grievous and even Jar Jar Binks. The series took inspiration from the films of that era and even lifted a number of visual designs from the 2003 Clone Wars series, even bringing back the Dark Jedi Assassin Asajj Ventress.
Dave Filoni is currently the Executive Creative Director of Lucasfilm and is helping with the future direction of the Star Wars Franchise.
Source: Dork Side of the Force
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