“Star Wars: Ahsoka” creator Dave Filoni has scored a high-profile new position – taking on the role of chief creative officer of Lucasfilm reports Vanity Fair.
Filoni will now work more directly with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and alongside veteran producer turned head of development Carrie Beck to “originate and shepherd” the next generation of “Star Wars” shows and movies.
Filoni started out working alongside George Lucas on the animated “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” show nearly two decades ago and has been heavily involved in the various TV shows of late – especially “The Mandalorian” and “Ahsoka”.
Speaking with Vanity Fair, the writer-producer-director says the new role gets him into the development process much earlier than his previous role as an advisor:
“In this new role, it’s opened up to basically everything that’s going on. When we’re planning the future of what we’re doing now, I’m involved at the inception phase.
I’m not telling people what to do. But I do feel I’m trying to help them tell the best story that they want to tell. I need to be a help across the galaxy here, like a part of a Jedi Council almost.
I can also lend a perspective on the challenges that telling these stories will present. I feel more capable of actually being helpful outside of just saying, ‘Well, Jedi are like this, and Sith are like this.”
Natasha Liu Bordizzo, who worked alongside Filoni on “Ahsoka,” says of his style: “I know that he’s traditional in the sense of how he learned so much from George. He has these pillars of storytelling that are dear to him, and then everything else can be untraditional.”
Filoni adds he will continue developing his film and explore a possible second season of “Ahsoka” whilst serving in his new position.