One reason people love the Star Wars universe is its size. There are countless planets, species and characters, giving limitless possibilities for storytelling within this saga. Anyone tasked with creating a piece of Star Wars media would no doubt be excited by all this potential. However, the “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” crew was not given a completely free hand at first: George Lucas made some characters taboo for the TV show when it was just starting.
Speaking to TheForce.net, author Henry Gilroy revealed that Lucas had a mandate from the start that The Clone Wars couldn’t use Han Solo, Chewbacca, Boba Fett, or Jabba the Hutt. Lucas also insisted that The Clone Wars avoid planets already explored in the films. These limitations wore off fairly quickly, however, and Lucas immediately changed his position towards Jabba the next time he spoke to Gilroy. Seeing all the possibilities of The Clone Wars and its narratives lightened Lucas’ mandates and ensured this TV show could play around with some of the most popular characters in the Star Wars mythos.