There was terrific news announced this week for Star Wars fans this week from Disney Publishing Worldwide and Lucasfilm. The two companies detailed the global “Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens” publishing program slated for a fall 2015 rollout. The new, multifaceted program will build excitement leading up to the December 18 theatrical release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and “will include subtle hints and clues that will be only fully understood once the movie opens,” according to Disney’s announcement.
In total, there will be more than 20 titles—featuring new narrative stories for middle grade and young adults as well as comics, illustrated reference, Look and Find, and sticker book formats—that will be released globally in 36 countries by participating publishers. Titles in the “Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens” program are set to publish in print and digital formats and will be available this fall wherever books and eBooks are sold.
“We are thrilled to be developing content for fans of this epic saga across the globe,” said Andrew Sugerman, executive vice president, Disney Publishing Worldwide. “The robust publishing program will appeal to a range of fans – old and new – across all formats from comics to novels to apps, making this one of the most exciting and collaborative collection of stories that we’ve seen to date.“
The program includes an exciting slate of books in print and digital formats that introduce readers new and old to characters and important events from the original trilogy, while the most die-hard of Star Wars fans will experience narratives reintroduced in a whole new way.
“The filmmakers have a lot of surprises in store, and the hints and puzzle pieces in the publishing program will keep fans guessing until the film opens. Until then, let the anticipation—and the speculation—begin.” said Michael Siglain, director, Creative Franchise, Lucasfilm, Disney Publishing Worldwide.
Novels for young adults, focusing on Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia, will be published by Disney-Lucasfilm Press in North America and distributed internationally. The young adult novels have notable talent attached, including Cecil Castellucci (Boy Proof, Tin Star), Greg Rucka, New York Times bestselling author (Detective Comics and 52), Jason Fry (The Clone Wars: Darth Maul: Shadow Conspiracy, Star Wars Insider contributor) and New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray (The Firebird trilogy and Evernight series).
Some titles for the “Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens” publishing program will include: Star Wars: Aftermath (Del Rey), Lost Stars (Disney-Lucasfilm Press), Smuggler’s Run: A Han Solo Adventure (Disney-Lucasfilm Press), The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure (Disney-Lucasfilm Press), Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure (Disney-Lucasfilm Press), Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know (DK), Star Wars: Journey to the Force Awakens (Marvel Comics), Star Wars: Journey to the Force Awakens-C-3PO (Marvel Comics), and Star Wars: Ships of the Galaxy (Studio Fun International).