Big Shiny Robot is reporting that starting from the season 3 premiere of Star Wars Rebels, Dave Filoni won’t be the Supervising Director anymore, the title will go to Justin Ridge. Ridge had previously worked on Star Wars The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, he directed ‘Rookies,’ ‘The Gungan General,’ ‘Innocents of Ryloth’ and ‘Holocron Heist’ on TCW and on Rebels he directed ‘Rebel Resolve’ and the Sabine and Zeb shorts ‘Entanglement’ and ‘Art Attack.’
Filoni had been the Supervising Director on Star Wars animation since 2008 with The Clone Wars. Nevertheless, Filoni remains an Executive Producer of the show and he is still heavily involved on making creative decisions on Rebels.
Why this change, it’s still unknown at the time but it could be as Big Shiny Robot suggested to do more creative work than day to day work.
Big Shiny Robot got a message from Lucasfilm:
Dave is still just as involved as ever – overseeing all aspects of Star Wars Rebels production as Executive Producer and occasionally directing episodes. In many ways, mentoring Justin and moving him into the role as Supervising Director has made it possible for Dave to be even more immersed in the writing and story structure of the show as well as creatively overseeing future animation development. Justin started with Lucasfilm Animation on the first season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and worked with Dave before that on Avatar: The Last Airbender, so they’ve been working together for quite some time.
The interesting thing to notice is ” creatively overseeing future animation development,” could this mean, a new show is in development?