After resurrecting The Killing for a final season after its cancellation by AMC, Netflix is doing the same for Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The streaming service will debut a 13-episode sixth and final installment of the animated series on March 7. Titled The Lost Missions, the season promises to reveal “some of the deepest mysteries of the conflict between the light and the dark sides of the Force leading to a series finale.” An intrepid clone trooper discovers a shocking secret, Anakin Skywalker’s closest relationship is tested to its limits, and what Master Yoda discovers while investigating the disappearance of a Jedi could forever change the balance of power in the galaxy. Under the multi-year deal with Disney/ABC TV Group, Netflix will be the exclusive subscription service for the entire Star Wars: The Clone Wars series, including several director’s cut episodes never seen on TV, as well as the 2008 feature film. This marks the first time any Star Wars content has been available on Netflix. It also expands the fast growing relationship between Netflix and Lucasfilm parent Disney. A year ago, the two companies signed a groundbreaking output movie deal, the first time a major movie studio had chosen streaming vs. pay cable for its features. And recently, the companies sealed another unprecedented pact for four series and a miniseries from another marquee Disney label, Marvel. “The Clone Wars marks an important moment as Netflix welcomes more and more first-run content from The Walt Disney Company and its subsidiaries,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos.
Lucasfilm announced the end of Star Wars: The Clone Wars on Time Warner’s Cartoon Network in March, a couple of months after the company’s acquisition by Disney. While the series was over on Cartoon Network, the company promised forthcoming original “bonus content,” noting that “we’re continuing production on new Clone Wars story arcs.” Additionally, Lucasfilm is prepping a new Star Wars animated series for sibling Disney XD, Star Wars Rebels, which bridges Episodes III and IV of the movie franchise. The Clone Wars takes place between Episodes II and III. Netflix has signaled its interest in original animated series and recently acquired the Michael Eisner produced BoJack Horseman for a launch this year. In addition to The Killing, Netflix recently revived another cancelled series, cult comedy Arrested Development, with talks under away about another installment.