Actor and comedian Joel McHale has spoken about his work on the unseen Star Wars Detours series, saying he is unsure why the show has never gone to air. An animated parody set within the Star Wars universe, the series was originally intended to provide a comedic take on events set between the prequel and original trilogies. Produced before Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, Detours was made in collaboration with Robot Chicken’s Matthew Senreich and Seth Green.
The series was first announced at 2012’s Star Wars Celebration and even managed to enlist the talents of original Star Wars cast members, including Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian), and Ahmed Best (Jar Jar Binks). In addition to McHale, the series also featured the voices of Seth Green, Felicia Day, Weird Al Yankovic, Zachary Levi, Donald Faison and Seth McFarlane, to name a few. While the show has never been aired, Green has previously confirmed that 39 episodes of Detours have been completed and that almost twice as many more scripts were also finished. To date, only a brief six-minute segment of the show, which was leaked on Reddit, has ever seen the light of day.
In a recent interview with ComingSoon, McHale admitted that he was perplexed about the decision to keep the series away from the public eye and under lock and key. Admitting that he doesn’t understand Lucasfilm’s decision, the actor said he thought Detours could be “a whole other dimension to Star Wars.” McHale said that he “would love to see that whole thing” if it were ever released. Check out his full comments below:
“To this day, to the life of me, I cannot tell you why it hasn’t aired. I don’t know why. I really don’t. Seth Green headed up that whole thing. He’s one of my favorite people on the planet. He’s one of the most talented people, and I thought it was well written too. It could be a whole other dimension to Star Wars and to this day, it should air. It should get out there. I don’t know why it hasn’t. I really can’t tell you. I never watched, I didn’t see the leaked one, but I would love to see that whole thing. I would love it to [be released].”
Of course, Detours wasn’t the only animated Star Wars project to be affected by the Disney acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012, with the original Clone Wars series also being shelved shortly thereafter. While those initial decisions make some sense when taken in the context of Disney’s initial plans to focus efforts on their new Star Wars sequel film trilogy, it is strange that the completed episodes continue to be left unscreened. After all, Lucasfilm eventually decided to revive the Clone Wars, not once, but twice since its original cancellation.
With Disney+ now rapidly building a massive collection of streaming content, like McHale, many Star Wars fans are left wondering why Lucasfilm would not take advantage of two whole seasons worth of completed content just sitting on the shelf waiting to be used. While the tongue-in-cheek approach taken by Detours is a stark contrast to any other Star Wars shows currently in existence, Disney has also already shown it is not afraid of delving into animated parodies of its blockbuster IP. Earlier this year, Marvel released M.O.D.O.K. on Hulu, which coincidentally is also executive produced by Green and bears a similar sense of humor to that reportedly used in Detours. While Lucasfilm’s hesitance continues to remain a mystery, only time will tell if eager fans will ever get to see Star Wars Detours in its entirety.