SAN FRANCISCO (CBS NEWS) – We sense a rebellion brewing in the Force. Production is now under way on “Star Wars Rebels,” a new animated series based on the popular sci-fi franchise created by George Lucas.

“X-Men: First Class” producer Simon Kinberg will executive produce and write the pilot episode, to be presented as a one-hour special on the Disney Channel in the fall of 2014. If all goes well, “Star Wars Rebels” will run on Disney XD. Lucasfilm will produce the new series.

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“I couldn’t be more excited to explore new corners of the ‘Star Wars’ universe,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement. “I think ‘Star Wars Rebels’ will capture the look, feel and fun that both kids and their parents love about ‘Star Wars.'”

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It looks like the new animated series will be combining the old with the new. While plot details have been kept closely under-wraps, we do know that “Star Wars Rebels” will be set in the era between the 2005 prequel installment “Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” and 1977’s “Episode IV: A New Hope,” a two-decade-long period never before explored on-camera.

This latest project comes following Disney’s $4.05 billion buyout of Lucasfilm last October. A live-action “Episode VII” film is also in the works with an expected 2015 release date.

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