Dave Filoni recently revealed that he is taking a more hands-off approach with Star Wars: Resistance than with past shows.
Filoni explained to IGN that, “right now, Resistance is a bit different, in that I’m not on that day-to-day. I created and set it in motion, but I’ve given that to other people to raise up, people that I’ve worked with a long time, who I think deserve the opportunity to tell stories and I think it’s exciting, and I give them my thoughts and notes – I was just doing that this morning, like George would give me. So that’s fun.”
So who is running the show? In the press release accompanying the first trailer for the show, we got that answer: Athena Portillo, Justin Ridge, and Brandon Auman are serving as the executive producers of Resistance.
Portillo is probably the most well-known of the group, and she appeared on The Clone Wars tenth anniversary panel this summer at San Diego Comic Con with Filoni, Ashley Eckstein, Matt Lanter, and Kevin Kiner. She worked on both The Clone Wars and Rebels, serving as line producer on the former and as producer on the latter. Justin Ridge also worked on those shows, working with episodic direction and storytelling. Brandon Auman is a new addition to the Lucasfilm animation landscape, but he has extensive work in the area, as he was the executive producer of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from 2014-2017, and also worked as a story editor, writer, and other roles on the show.
So there you have it – Dave Filoni is not an executive director on Resistance, though he is the one who created it. He has instead passed the reigns off to people who he trusts and has worked with before, giving them the opportunity that George Lucas once gave him. It seems that Filoni is still providing input story-wise, so it remains to be seen how much this change impacts the show itself.
But I will add one thing that it likely means: we won’t be getting the resolution to the Ahsoka Tano/Sabine Wren story through this show. It never seemed likely, but some wondered whether in a later season of the show we would get answers, like Rebels did with some Clone Wars arcs. But if Filoni is more hands-off with this show, I have a hadr time seeing this being the avenue through which he tells that story. That’s probably coming at some point, but it just might not be through this animated series. And that’s fine.