It's Official. Expanded Universe Will Not Play A Part In New Star Wars Trilogy
The Star Wars team today confirmed something that has been hotly debated in recent months. The expanded universe that evolved off the back of events in episodes IV-VI will not be present in the new Star Wars trilogy. In a statement posted to the official Star Wars website, LucasFilm President, Kathleen Kennedy, confirmed what many fans feared, Disney and LucasFilm are embarking on the development of a new expanded Star Wars universe.
This announcement means that the adventures and characters that were lovingly developed throughout decades of novels are no longer canon. Instead, J.J. Abrams and co. will have the responsibility of building the foundations for a whole new expanded universe that will act as canon for all future cinematic entries.
"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."
The statement continues by saying that the separation from the existing expanded universe has been created to allow for new surprises and discoveries to be made by future audiences. Fortunately though, the Star Wars team are not foolish enough to end completely what has become a beloved part of Star Wars lore, instead, these stories will continue under a new Star Wars Legends banner.
While J.J Abrams's Star Wars Episode VII will be the first cinematic foray into the new expanded universe, the first chance for fans to experience the new canon will be the upcoming animated show, Star Wars Rebels
In print, a new line of novels will be published by Del Rey Books, the first of which will be a John Jackson Miller tale charting the events that lead up to Star Wars Rebels. This novel has already had input from the Rebels team including David Filoni and Simon Kinberg.
Although there is going to be a clear separation from the new canon and the old, the lines do appear to be a little blurred. As many know, Star Wars Rebels actually borrows elements from the old expanded universe with old role playing themes like The Inquisitor and the ISB (Imperial Security Bureau) all set to appear in the animated adventure. However, don't expect the same to be true for Episodes VII- IX.
So, all of those theories you had about EU characters appearing in the movies, throw them all out, because there's a whole new flock coming to town.
Were you a fan of the old EU? Has a little piece of you died with this news, or do you welcome a fresh start? Let us know, below.