A few weeks ago, 'Star Wars' fans were dismayed to learn that Disney's purchase of the billion-dollar franchise had claimed its first victim, and that long-running animated series 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' was to shut down production before wrapping up its ongoing saga. Now, following the most recent shutdown we've learned that at least one aspect of 'The Clone Wars' will live on, and supervising director Dave Filoni will develop the next 'Star Wars' animated series. Get the latest details on the future of 'Star Wars' inside!

'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' may have taken place inside a three-year period between "Attack of the Clones' and 'Revenge of the Sith,' but that didn't stop millions of fans from crying out in terror, and being suddenly silenced by Disney's cancellation of the series.

Now, following Disney's shuttering of video game division LucasArts, including several in-progress works, at least some good news has emerged. Speaking to RebelForceRadio, 'Clone Wars' supervising director Dave Filoni confirmed he'll have involvement with the next 'Star Wars' animated series to be developed.

At this point, I am involved in some early production discussions and exploration of what we’ll be doing with Star Wars animation in the future, which is really exciting for me and I have some friendly faces around me, of course, that are helping me on the project. So it’s a transition time, as I’ve said before, and I think it will lead to an exciting time and hopefully I’ll see things grow again.

Strangely, quite a bit of content had already been produced for a sixth season of 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' prior to its cancellation, but it isn't known if Disney has any intention of releasing or completing the material.

What say you? If 'Clone Wars' had to fall, are you at least glad its creative force will have a presence in the next 'Star Wars' TV series? Where would you like to see the animation go next?