An animated installment of "Star Wars" is returning to the silver screen this August, through a partnership announced Tuesday among Lucasfilm Ltd., Warner Bros. Pictures and Turner Broadcasting System Inc.

"Star Wars: The Clone Wars" will open Aug. 15 in theaters throughout North America, followed by the television series debut this fall, the companies said in a joint statement.

The film's international release dates will be announced soon, the companies said.

A television series of the same named will debut on Cartoon Network in the fall and later air on TNT.