Star Wars Episodes VII-IX will not follow Star Wars Expanded Universe storylines says Lucasfilm President
It’s been a topic of discussion within the Star Wars fan-community for some time now, how will the new Star Wars Films fit inside the already present Star Wars Expanded Universe? That answer is now real, it won’t. The company made an official announcement on the matter today stating that although 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.”
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.”
This was done 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.” So some parts of the EU may still be used in the new films.
The example given of using elements already present in the EU centered around upcoming series. “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 roleplaying game material published in the 1980s.”
The company stated that, “demand for past tales of the Expanded Universe will keep them in print, presented under the new Legends banner.”
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