‘Star Wars’ Official Canon & Expanded Universe Differences Explained

Published 6 months ago by , Updated July 9th, 2014 at 1:10 pm,

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As Star Wars Episode VII goes through production, fans of the epic and expansive universe created by George Lucas have been worrying about what these new tales about a galaxy far, far, away will mean for the stories they already know and love. Episode VII will kick off a new trilogy of episodes – with separate spinoff films released between the main chapters – but the return of characters like Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia means that the new films will cover time periods in the Star Wars universe that have previously been explored in other forms of media. So how can two versions of the same story co-exist? Answer: they can’t.

However, the mythos established in the books, video games, etc. of the Star Wars “Expanded Universe” has been loved and supported for decades, having established characters and storylines that many fans wholly embrace as part of the  Star Wars experience. That presents the new Disney LucasFilm (headed by Kathleen Kennedy) with the unique challenge of being able to tell their own new stories, without alienating those who swear by the established mythos of the EU. Today, LucasFilm is directly addressing how they plan to approach that issue.

In a statement released to StarWars.com, Kennedy announced that the company is forming a master “story group” which will oversee and manage the larger Star Wars universe, coordinating events and storylines across all forms of media. Interestingly enough, the statement goes on to clarify that elements of the Expanded Universe will NOT be discarded, but could rather be refitted for the new universe currently being constructed. Check out some choice excerpts from the post, below.

Regarding the recently confirmed lineup of official canon:

While Lucasfilm always strived to keep the stories created for the EU consistent with our film and television content as well as internally consistent, Lucas always made it clear that he was not beholden to the EU. He set the films he created as the canon. This includes the six Star Wars episodes, and the many hours of content he developed and produced in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. These stories are the immovable objects of Star Wars history, the characters and events to which all other tales must align.

Regarding the new universe management story group:

Now, with an exciting future filled with new cinematic installments of Star Wars, all aspects of Star Wars storytelling moving forward will be connected. Under Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy’s direction, the company for the first time ever has formed a story group to oversee and coordinate all Star Wars creative development.

“We have an unprecedented slate of new Star Wars entertainment on the horizon,” said Kennedy. “We’re set to bring Star Wars back to the big screen, and continue the adventure through games, books, comics, and new formats that are just emerging. This future of interconnected storytelling will allow fans to explore this galaxy in deeper ways than ever before.”

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Regarding the status of the Expanded Universe canon in relation to the official canon established by the films:

In order to give maximum creative freedom to the filmmakers and also preserve an element of surprise and discovery for the audience, Star Wars Episodes VII-IX will not tell the same story told in the post-Return of the Jedi Expanded Universe. While the universe that readers knew is changing, it is not being discarded. Creators of new Star Wars entertainment have full access to the rich content of the Expanded Universe. For example, elements of the EU are included in Star Wars Rebels. The Inquisitor, the Imperial Security Bureau, and Sienar Fleet Systems are story elements in the new animated series, and all these ideas find their origins in role-playing game material published in the 1980s.

Demand for past tales of the Expanded Universe will keep them in print, presented under the new “Legends” banner.

The new canon for the continuing Star Wars universe will be first established in the upcoming animated series Star Wars: Rebels – as well as the new upcoming Rebels tie-in novel, Star Wars: A New Dawn, which will introduce some of the characters from the animated series, and will be set in the era between Episodes III IV. Today, a cover for New Dawn was released over on the Star Wars Books Facebook Page. Check out the cover below, then read what the LucasFilm executives had to say about both Rebels and A New Dawn‘s significance in the new canon.

STAR WARS: A NEW DAWN by John Jackson Miller

Our very first official canon novel set solidly in the legendary “Dark Times” between Episodes III and IV, A NEW DAWN will introduce readers to two main characters from the upcoming Star Wars: Rebels animated series—Kanan Jarrus and Hera Syndulla—and will feature jacket art by Doug Wheatley, as well as a foreword by Dave Filoni, one of the executive producers of ‘The Clone Wars’ and ‘Star Wars: Rebels.’ It goes on sale September 2, 2014.

What’s most interesting about these LucasFilm statements is the careful wording and line-walking being done by executives. Up until now, there have been growing rumors and evidence that Expanded Universe characters could appear in the new films – presumably some of the spouses and/or offspring of the Solo and Skywalker clans, since Episode VII is set 30 years after Episode VI (the appropriate time period) and the fact that those offspring characters have been very popular with fans.

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For further evidence, just take another look at the rumors about Episode VII that were reported a few months back, and try to correlate those rumors with the latest official wording about how EU material could be used in official canon:

Right now they’re looking at using the basic descriptions of EU characters with different names. Luke’s wife will follow the same template as Shira Brie/Mara Jade. Red hair, Green eyes, attitude etc.

The same with the kids of the big three. [...] Jaina will be the inspiration for the Solo daughter, Jacen for the Solo son and Ben for the Skywalker son.  Most of the new characters in the new continuity are based on characters from the old continuity. Fans should not expect to see Kyle Katarn, Corran Horn or Cilghal, but characters who are very much like them.

This can not be made clearer, the post [Return of the Jedi] EU launched in ’91 is dead. No story from Outbound flight forward counts. That’s why Bob Iger said they would use the 17,000 character for inspiration for new characters.  Shira Brie and Mara Jade are the templates for Luke’s wife/Love interest.

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EU Villain “The Inquisitor” will appear in the ‘Rebels’ cartoon series.

The indication at the moment is that – as we predicted last year -  EU history will be mined for ideas, but not exact renditions of the characters established in that wing of the universe. That system still allows the new Star Wars story group to finally incorporate versions of EU characters from time periods set during the six “core canon” films (Dash Rendar, Kyle Katarn), which would also service the longtime wishes of fans.

How do you feel as a Star Wars fan? Were you into the EU or not? Do you want to see its influence on new canon? And if EU material is used, are you okay with them altering it for the new projects?

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Source: StarWars.com & Star Wars Books Facebook Page

 

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  1. VII better be good

    Or all is lost

  2. I feel like the 15 years of my childhood, adolescence, and adult life that I spent diving into the books, comics, and games are now being labeled as irrelevant. That the energy I put into collecting and experiencing all of this now supposedly doesn’t count. It’s a fictional universe, and I’ll always have the books and such. But damnit, they’re throwing out the baby with the bathwater here.

    • Melodramatic much?

      • I know, right?

        I mean, the way I always saw it, if it’s endorsed by Lucas etc, it’s official but since we already knew 96% of it was just fan-based and non-canon, I don’t mind this happening at all. I only ever considered the movies and the “Shadow Of The Empire” book/N64 game canon, the rest was easily ignored.

        It’d be like someone spending years thinking one of the Marvel “What If?” books was official canon, expecting the movies to follow suit and then getting all crazy when Disney/Marvel say “actually, that was just a fun one-shot story to explore what could’ve happened if things were a little different”.

        At least this way, we can enjoy the films and expanded (official) universe without worrying about someone’s ridiculous ideas and fanfic becoming reality.

        • Actually it’s a little different than thinking a “What If?” book was canon. There is a lot more EU out there that was all built on the original canon movies and then all interlocked together. For most people, until they announced that they were making new movies, these books were THE continuation from Ep 6.
          I understand the feeling of almost betrayal to the canon because I have read most of the books, but I am still hyped for new movies and can move on from thinking of the EU as canon to putting it in the frame of mind of an alternate universe.

          • They still are the continuation to me, just a different continuity branch. This is nothing like the “What If” scenario. I’m okay with moving on differently, but that does not need to be accompanied with disrespect for the established EU.

            • I understand that you love the expanded universe and are bummed that it will no longer be relevant to the future movies. But at least you have your books. I prefer the unaltered trilogy and all I have are BS versions on DVD with bad picture, bad sound and they don’t even fit the screen. But see, I used to read the comics at one time, the Marvel comics. The first two movies were told in the Star Wars title as if they were an arc, but “Return of the Jedi” wasn’t. The reason is because throughout the comic Jabba the Hutt kept appearing and Marvel represented him with an alien that wasn’t a Hutt. You see, George Lucas didn’t feel that because Marvel Comics had created an image for Jabba in their series that he had to use it. That is why huts never appeared in under that title while Marvel had it. The same thing is happening here. Lucasfilm has decided to make new movies that continue from where the last episode left off and they don’t feel that they should be forced to follow a template laid out by other authors in another medium. It’s not disrespectful at all. I really don’t even see this as a problem. Like I said, I am a fan of the unaltered versions of Star Wars which don’t fit the Prequels that well so I tend to disassociate them (as well as the new versions of 4-6) as if they don’t exist. However, if the new episodes turn out to be good then I will accept the Prequels as part of the cannon of the series. But even then I will my s****y unaltered versions which I will hold separate and most likely better and only encompassing 4-6. Basically what I’m saying is treasure your books and whatnot but don’t take it personally that another medium (which is the medium the story was created in) deviates from them, because you might not even like the new films and just as the EU will have no influence on the new movies, the new movies cannot have any influence on the existing EU.

              • Check out HArmy’s despecialized versions of the original Trilogy. Much better than those special edition dvds from 2004.

    • it is kind of like comics where the retconed the origin of the characters. or just like JJ Abrams did with Star Trek. We all recognized the characters but the stories were a bit off. I just hope they get Timothy Zahn to redo the Thrawn trilogy for the new cannon or make a stand alone movie to cover some of it

      • Funny thing is that Coruscant was created from the EU, Lucas wanted to call it something like Had Abaddon. One thing Lucas did right with the prequels was ADD a lot of EU into it. Many people dont notice it, but the prequels use a lot of EU names and places, created by authors not lucas.

    • I don’t really agree.
      Superhero movies are doing that since forever.
      The current Marvel Cinematic Universe films are huge hits, even though they are not a part of the official comic-book canon
      Same thing applies to the massivelly successful The Dark Knight Trilogy – inspired by Batman comics, but doesn’t follow the comic-book canon.

      • The difference between SW and Marvel is that Marvel has been rebooting or whatever to their characters for years, and they have alternate universes, basically all sorts of different versions of their characters. Star Wars on the other hand has only the initial movies and then the prequels (which don’t really count as they come before chronologically) and then the EU. That is why a lot of people that enjoyed SW and so kept up with their favorite universe in the EU book format are now upset because it is now just an alternate universe.
        As I said above, I can live with it even if it is slightly upsetting, although I have to agree with some of the other comments as to why change names of people from the EU if they are basically going to be that character anyway.
        The one thing that I will really be angry about is if they just go with Boba Fett died in the Sarlacc. If they don’t bring him back as the bad a$$ he really is, then I know that there will be a really serious uproar.
        And as every true fan knows, Han shot first! Eat worms Greedo!

        • As a fan, I completely understand your point, but again, I do not agree.
          Basically, it’s because what we’ve seen in the EU – many instances of main characters and stories that we’ve alread seen in films.
          Luke Skywalker turning to the Dark Side (at least for a time) – even though he already surpassed that in the Episode VI.
          Or the clone of Palpatine wreaking havoc, which diminishes the Heroes’ victory at the end of Episode VI.
          Or the one of the Solo (or Skywalker?) kids becoming a Sith, because *OMG, WHAT A SHOCK!”
          I prefer the EU stories that are NOT directly tied to the main characters of the Episodes I-VI, because those stories don’t create continuity gaps, plot holes, and make the things we’ve seen in films obsolete.
          I mean, why couldn’t we have the ending of the Return of the Jedi to be:
          AND LUKE & THE GANG LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER.
          But no, instead of that, we ”needed” to have several hundred more adventures to milk out of them.

          That’s why I love the Knights of the Old Republic series.
          It is set 4000 years before the films – it’s great, it brings us new characters and events, and it does not fu*k up the canon.

          As for Boba Fett surviving – I honestly hope that he remains DEAD.
          That’s the comic-book thing to do, to revive/kill off characters constantly.
          Nobody is truly dead in the comic-books, which doesn’t translate good to films.
          Yes, Boba is cool, but so were Vader, Porkins, Qui-Gon, Jabba, Dooku, Greedo, Grievous, Maul… oh, wait a minute – they already fu*king brought Darth Maul back, because surviving a hundred-story fall, while being cut in half is possible, right? I mean, the Force or something.

    • Umm, they are using the EU as inspiration. They could have thrown the entire EU out and done something entirely different with no homages to the EU.

  3. As a person who didn’t really like the EU I am glad to be hearing this I get to see something different really sorry for those of you that were hoping to see some the EU elements in there hopefully you still like the movie just as much.

    • +1 for sure.. Never got into EU and big reason being it wasn’t canon. Got into an argument with a kid in high school who claimed the books came first. And to him I say, “HA!!”.

      On the other hand I appreciate that some of the EU is truly loved by fans. So like Conor said, and Kofi mentions in his report, I hope some of the EU is scraped and added into “official” canon moving forward!

  4. agreed… It’s not just novels, but comics, toys, games and so on.

    I KNOW Lucas has said they were not cannon, BUT it was also stated at one point he had to approve all the storylines.

    Granted, plenty of its bad but there is plenty that is brilliant. The Zahn trilogy is still easily the best Star Wars we have seen since 1983.

    They could not have a better team on board for VII, and lets hope they maintain what was great in the EU.

  5. Ahsoka Tano?

    • As stated in one of the first quotes above, The Clone Wars is part of the official canon along with the six films.

  6. Better than discarding it, I guess.

  7. I’m fine with this.

  8. Mara Jade or I riot (if not Mara but a like Mara she better use the code name Jade and Mara, so I can call her such)… and she marries Luke and doesn’t die (none of this no marriage stuff, talk about instantly unrelatable). Feel free to make her and Inquistor and not a ‘hand,’ I mean same difference really.

    Same goes for other “iconic” Star Wars EU characters such as Thrawn, Revan, Exile, Corran Horn, Kyle Katarn, Quilan Vos, Jaina Solo, HK-47, etc…

  9. The only EU stuff I really effed with were the Old Republic stories. I’m talking 4,000 before ANH. I’m wondering about the canonicity of that material specifically. Mandalorian and Jedi Civil Wars; those storylines specifically.

  10. Ouch … so all the novels and stories that needed Lucas sign-off and that I invested financially and emotionally into are now null and void? Disney is sick and twisted. It’s a betrayal in the highest order to the lifers who have kept the folklore of Star Wars alive with our voices and dollars. If it weren’t for us supporting those EU items, there would be no reason for the Evil Mouse to ever pick up the feature films and subsequently disregard those for whom they say they are building these films for.

    …I have a bad feeling about this …

    (Bitter, table of one. Here are your basket of lemons)

    =/

    • What J M S said. I get the frustration homey. Mick’s an evil rat but, I mean… there are bills to pay and some folks got kids to feed. Disappointment is a part of life, unfortunately.

    • EXACTLY!!

      Back in the dark times, and I’m talking when yak face was a new toy, the life long fans is what kept it alive.

      Long before the prequel noobies and everyones brother had stormtrooper armor…. We searched walden books for the han and lando book trilogies.

      Now there are so many fans and thats GREAT but please don’t tell us to get over it. All those books were licensed by Lucasfilm and had their branding all over it. They made millions off it, but now it’s somehow fan fiction?!?

      Still, I have faith Abrams is going to deliver and they are smart enough to pull the best stuff out from the EU.

      Arrrghh legends whatever. Why bother reading them anymore??

      • I have memories of looking at Star Wars novels on the shelves of Waldenbooks. An elegant experience from a simpler time.

    • Lucas’ sign-off was just a matter of quality control. It was not a personal endorsement of canonicity. This has been Lucasfilm’s policy since day one. Here’s what the Heir To The Empire Sourcebook (released back in 1993) says:

      “This and all other products that take place after the events depicted in RotJ are the author’s vision of what may have happened. The true fate of the heroes and villains of the Star Wars universe remains the exclusive province of George Lucas and Lucasfilm, Ltd.”

  11. I can accept this apparent pathway, as a matter of practicality for the new films. So it must be, I guess.

    That being said, it is very sad to consider The Phantom Menace being official canon, and Heir to the Empire not being official canon. Ouch.

    Disregarding of the existing post-Return of the Jedi continuity will do nothing to dampen my love for the books that I grew up on, and my belief that the good ones (because honestly, not all were good) represent the very best that Star Wars has to offer, and are the true spiritual successors to the original film trilogy.

  12. I wish I could be hired by Disney to safeguard the ancient knowledge of the force.

  13. I don´t understand why they would use the character traits and then rename them. I think they should use at least the established names of the expanded Skywalker/Solo family in the EU. I mean if they look, talk and act like the characters from the EU then why not use the name?

    And they should look at the history of the EU and at least pick some stories that could have also happend in a diffrent way in the new continuity.

    I can live with the fact that most of the EU storys would be made irrelevant, but some of them had such an important impact on my perception of the universe and the characters that it would be hard to get them out of my head.

  14. Kofi Outlaw- Are you a Star Wars fan and do you follow the news on SW fan sites? I pull this quote up your honour:
    “In a statement released to StarWars.com, Kennedy announced that the company is forming a master “story group” which will oversee and manage the larger Star Wars universe, coordinating events and storylines across all forms of media.”
    This Story Group was announced months ago and the new canon was also announced months ago. it was said that all stories going forward would be part of a cohesive story. it wasn’t said what would happen to the old EU stories.
    Anyway I don’t use Screenrant for my SW news as it seems to be superficial though every Comic book article is very good and very informative for someone who hasn’t dabbled to much into comics. Apart from i think it’s TWS one where Cap is brought back with Crossbones and Sin and Red skull. I read that a few years ago and wanted it as a film. Wish Fulfilled. I also like the New 52 stories.

  15. So, Lucas says the EU is not important but he is using the traits from the characters of the Solo and Skywalker family to create new ones. This seems like mischief to me.

    It might be that Lucas and people at Disney don’t want to pay for the use of everything that works well on the EU.

    I love episodes IV, V and VI; those are SW but the prequels, though I like them, they can’t compare to them. As for the new so called TV series, what I’ve seen so far, doesn’t impress me and the last season of clone wars was a waste of time and money.

  16. If Lucas had really wanted to keep everything Star Wars related firmly under his control (Cannon) then he should never have signed off on the EU in the first place.

    Instead of that, novels were published (Not fan fiction thank you very much haters) that continued the story after Return of the Jedi, under the brand of STAR WARS.
    The first novel being Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire, on the front cover it says quite clearly ‘The Saga Continues’

    There were no disclaimers; ‘We cannot promise that at some point Georgie boy wont come out and say its all crap and nothing to do with MY universe. And btw the original trilogy might get a make over too at some point too.’
    At least then fans interested could take the books ect with a pinch of salt. Of course there would be no such disclaimers, sarky or otherwise because that would have put a lot of people off from reading them. It’s becoming very clear here that the EU was simply a cash cow and a way of keeping interest going in the brand, that’s all.
    I never expected the EU to be turned into films or tv, nor upon hearing the news of the new trilogy that they should be beholden to the EU, that would be ridiculous, however this whole ‘its pretty much going to be Mara Jade but a different name’ WHY? Why not just use the character that has kept a lot of fans of the books happy and give her the film treatment? There is SO much in the EU that could be used and it would be a nice nod to the fans who over the course of years have put a lot of money into Lucas pockets and kept Star Wars from fading into the distance to no small degree , I know its Disney now but still the point remains. Go through the EU and cherry pick the best stuff, don’t just ignore it or let Georgie boy’s resentment that some authors actually did some amazing things and told some great stories with HIS characters….Like I said, if he wasn’t happy with that happening then he should have kept it all in his hands, instead of getting greedy.
    Oh, and Han shot first!!! ; )

    • “There were no disclaimers; ‘We cannot promise that at some point Georgie boy wont come out and say its all crap and nothing to do with MY universe. And btw the original trilogy might get a make over too at some point too.’
      At least then fans interested could take the books ect with a pinch of salt. Of course there would be no such disclaimers, sarky or otherwise because that would have put a lot of people off from reading them.”

      From the official Star Wars Website: “G-canon is absolute canon; the movies (their most recent release), the scripts, the novelizations of the movies, the radio plays, and any statements by George Lucas himself. G-canon overrides the lower levels of canon when there is a contradiction.”

      Sounds a lot like the “disclaimer” you were looking for.

      • Dude, the zahn trilogy came out long before the internet.

        It said “THE SAGA CONTINUES”

        It was a bestseller.

        They made toys.

        It was better than the prequels or the clone wars by far.

        there was no g cannon disclaimer on starwars.com until fairly recent

        • The “G-canon” information has been available online for more than a decade. The time for complaining about the novels’ semi-canonical status is over. Your opinion of what’s “good” isn’t really relevant to this issue. The movies and TV shows were seen by millions of people around the world and have become inseparable parts of the Star Wars saga in the public consciousness. A bunch of fan-fiction books that came out 20 years ago and were read by 30 people don’t require the same level of acknowledgement.

          • At the risk of feeding you, the novels are not fan-fiction, and they sold many millions of copies. I’m just noting those things, for clarity’s sake.

    • Georgie boy can’t hear you. He’s busy wine tasting up in Marin County

      He’s had enough of fanboys rant. That’s why he sold LucasFilms & Star Wars to Disney back in 2012.

    • “This and all other products that take place after the events depicted in RotJ are the author’s vision of what may have happened. The true fate of the heroes and villains of the Star Wars universe remains the exclusive province of George Lucas and Lucasfilm, Ltd.” ~Heir To The Empire Sourcebook, published January 1992

      There plenty of other times where it was stated that the EU was on a different level than the films. How quickly everyone forgets that Lucas ignored Boba Fett’s EU backstory in AotC.

  17. Never really read much of the EU except tidbits here and there. I say bring that on because that is a boat load of material to get inspiration from and create new stories with new characters who might mirror in many ways established EU ones. I’m looking forward to this so I hope they don’t screw it up.

  18. That whole G-cannon stuff was not mentioned when the first books allowed by Lucas were published, it was sold as a continuation of the saga.

    I won’t try and pretend what I have said so far is anything less then a rant, keeping in the spirit of the site so to speak. ; )

    I just felt the need to say something on behalf of us ‘fanboys’ ffs….There seems to be way too much glee in having a go at those of us who bought into the EU, in every sense.

    • “This and all other products that take place after the events depicted in RotJ are the author’s vision of what may have happened. The true fate of the heroes and villains of the Star Wars universe remains the exclusive province of George Lucas and Lucasfilm, Ltd.” ~Heir To The Empire Sourcebook, published July 1992

      “When I said [other people] could make their own Star Wars stories, we decided that, like Star Trek, we would have two universes: My universe and then this other one. They try to make their universe as consistent with mine as possible, but obviously they get enthusiastic and want to go off in other directions.” ~George Lucas, Aug. 2005 – “New Hopes” interview in Starlog #337

  19. Star Wars is officially meaningless to me now. I know I’m going to see Episode VII regardless but it will be the same as a junkie just looking for a cheap fix.

  20. The way I look at it, the movies and all the new Disney content fall into the same category as Jar Jar Abrams’ Star Trek movies. Completely separate reality not pertaining to the existing EU/George Lucas movies. As it stands if anyone continues to write content for the EU I’ll gladly support it, but I refuse to take part in the new Disney/Jar Jar Abrams-verse. I was going to be one of those crazy movie-goers who showed up in a full Sith robe with lightsabers and everything on opening night, but now Disney can just do without my money.

  21. WELL IT’S A GOOD THING JAR JAR BINKS IS CANNON!!

    I was worried about that.

    • I wonder if we’ll ever see a nod to that character. Will we see our heroes travel to naboo and pass by the smoldering remains of a big eared lizard man? who knows.

      • Hopefully, from my perspective anyway, they will have the good sense to avoid referencing gungans or other…such prequel elements. But I have a feeling that the temptation to throw some floppy ears in somewhere will be hard to resist.

  22. Boxed up my Star Wars books today (except for a few good ones that can stand on their own, regardless of canonicity, like Zahn’s books, the Darth Bane trilogy, Tales of the Bounty Hunters). No point trying to read Dark Nest if it’s never gonna be referenced again…
    Ah well, off to other fandoms I guess.

    …Though if something crazy awesome like KotOR 3 or 1313 (the Boba Fett game) shows up, I might come back for that.

    • “Wow, most of these EU books suck so bad that there’s no point in reading them unless you’re a continuity hound. I sure wish Disney would spend hundreds of millions of dollars adapting them into a movie series.”

      • The new stuff will be leagues better, I’m sure, given Lucas’ track record.

  23. So Disney and Lucasfilm just took a giant, steaming dump on all the hard work and creativity that hundreds of writers, artists, etc., all under the Lucasfilm banner, have been working on for the past twenty-three years. Real class-act.

    The Star Wars EU is hardly fan-fiction. And it’s not like the Marvel or DC universes that get rebooted every decade or two. Those who worked on the EU not only followed the canon of the films to a tee, but the rest of the EU as well. Their work was overseen closely by those who worked on the films, including Lucas himself occasionally (for instance, he personally instructed writers NOT to kill off Quinlan Vos in any story for the foreseeable future), and was sometimes incorporated into the films (like Aayla Secura and a Vos namedrop). Whether or not the majority of those here on Screenrant acknowledge the EU’s importance is irrelevant. It has been adored by millions of Star Wars fans since its inception and now the higher-ups have simply labeled it immaterial because Disney is too lazy to make the new films in respect to what has happened in the Star Wars universe since the previous films. I’m not saying they have to base the upcoming films on previously written EU stories, but at least keep the same characters and remember the more important history. But apparently that’s too much to ask.

    Star Wars is no longer set apart from the Hollywood Age of the Reboot. If that doesn’t send an abundantly clear message of, “We don’t care what you think, as long as we make money.” to the EU creators and fans, I don’t know what does.

    • “This and all other products that take place after the events depicted in RotJ are the author’s vision of what may have happened. The true fate of the heroes and villains of the Star Wars universe remains the exclusive province of George Lucas and Lucasfilm, Ltd.” ~Heir To The Empire Sourcebook, published July 1992

      “When I said [other people] could make their own Star Wars stories, we decided that, like Star Trek, we would have two universes: My universe and then this other one. They try to make their universe as consistent with mine as possible, but obviously they get enthusiastic and want to go off in other directions.” ~George Lucas, Aug. 2005 – “New Hopes” interview in Starlog #337

  24. Remember when all the fan boys were saying that Disney wouldn’t lock down and write off all the content that all the authors and game companies created before them?? Gee can I say I told you so. Now when the fail of a sequel comes out and the new Animated series bombs for anyone but 6 year olds how many of you will continue to defend them?? Oh that’s right more than half of you……

  25. A lot of Star Wars fans came to love this property through the first 3 films. In that the movieverse will always be canon, anything else in other media sort of act as supplementary Star Wars entertainment until the next film series arrive (and long did it take to arrive). So, it makes sense for the filmmakers to not restrict their creative freedom by having to align to the EU. They can mine for ideas from the EU but they’re not doing an adaptation like comic book movies. Star Wars began as movies after all.

  26. I am both happy and sad at the same time. I really enjoy the EU but at the same time I am looking forward to something new. But I will say what I said when that similar characteristics rumor appeared, either use the same names in it or make entirely new characters, no rip-offs. That would be even more insulting to me, and I imagine a lot of others.

  27. Have a question. Is this Disney giving itself an out with what sound very vague and could have 2 meaning. Can someone official make a comment on which way it is meant to be taken. Star Wars Episodes VII-IX will not tell the same story told in the post-Return of the Jedi Expanded Universe. What exactly does Post-Return of the Jedi Expanded Universe actually mean? 1) Anything after 1983 published did not happened or 2) Anything that takes place prior to Return of the Jedi in the EU still happened? That sentence can be read either way. Which is it really? One is total failure and the other has some hope…..

    • Post ROJ-Eu Material is Truce at Bakura and onwards to Crucible

  28. Kofi Outlaw, your my hero when you report about ‘Star Wars,’ you really know your cannon, and I appreciate it. I recently got my wife, and daughter into watching first espiodes 4,5, and 6; then I told them if they want I will loan them my Kevin Anderson novels ” Jedi Search, Dark Apprentince.”. The newer espiodes 1,2, and 3 were PAINFUL to watch, but I did enjoy ‘ Clone Wars, ‘ thank You Netflix!

  29. I don’t see any problem with what Lucasfilm is doing. While some of the original EU was decent story telling, I always seen it as something to keep us content until Lucasfilm put out new movies. I like the idea that some aspects of it might be incorporated, but I am excited that completely new movies well be released and that they won’t be ruined for me because I read a book ten years ago. And I also think it will be fun to pick out things here and there and go “hey, that was inspired by this, or that character reminds me of him.” Basically, I think the true Star Wars fans will give the movies the chance they deserve.

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