THE SAGA OF THE FORCE => EXPANDED UNIVERSE => Topic started by: Nicklab on January 19, 2014, 10:35:36 AM

Title: Expanded Universe / Star Wars Legends
Post by: Nicklab on January 19, 2014, 10:35:36 AM
The news of the Star Wars spinoff movies has also revealed a potential problem (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/star-wars-spinoffs-will-matter-668958).  That being that some of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, notably the post-ROTJ era, may be on the chopping block.  And this is evidently to be determined by the newly established Star Wars story group.  This group is set to determine what is and is not Star Wars canon, with an eye towards the ramifications that canon might have on the new Sequel trilogy, the individual spinoff movies, video games, comics, books and so on.

Here's an excerpt from the THR article:

Leland Chee, who works with Lucasfilm's story group, has been tweeting about changes to the way that Lucasfilm approaches Star Wars canon in the future. "Star Wars Canon is now determined by the Lucasfilm Story Group which [Pablo Hidalgo] and I are both a part of," Chee tweeted on Sunday (https://twitter.com/HolocronKeeper/status/420071186232385536).

The story group, he explained, "has a hand in all facets of Star Wars storytelling, including movies, TV, games and publishing." When asked what the change meant, he wrote that "a primary goal" was to ensure that there was no hierarchy between the movies and spinoff material, but instead one cohesive canon across the entire franchise, adding that "more so than ever, the canon field will serve us internally simply for classification rather than setting hierarchy."

As to when this new attitude toward Star Wars continuity will be noticeable to fans, Chee declined to answer, but considering the 2015 soft relaunch of the franchise -- between the new movie and comic publishing moving to Marvel -- it would seem like a perfect time for things to start being a little bit more inclusive, wouldn't it?

This op-ed, which was written in the aftermath of this THR article seems to be of the belief that The Lucasfilm story group (http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/01/op-ed-disney-takes-a-chainsaw-to-the-star-wars-expanded-universe/) will be eliminating a large swath of the post-RETURN OF THE JEDI era of the expanded universe.  Why?  In order for the sequel trilogy to be much more in line with the end of ROTJ, and to not be saddled with so much EU minutiae that may not have been in keeping with George Lucas's style of storytelling.
Title: Re: Expanded Universe / Star Wars Legends
Post by: Nicklab on April 27, 2014, 12:00:13 PM
Check out THIS OFFICIAL SITE ARTICLE (http://starwars.com/news/the-legendary-star-wars-expanded-universe-turns-a-new-page.html) which discusses the new standing of existing Star Wars Expanded Universe material.

The Legendary Star Wars Expanded Universe Turns a New Page

April 25, 2014 


For over 35 years, the Expanded Universe has enriched the Star Wars experience for fans seeking to continue the adventure beyond what is seen on the screen. When he created Star Wars, George Lucas built a universe that sparked the imagination, and inspired others to create. He opened up that universe to be a creative space for other people to tell their own tales. This became the Expanded Universe, or EU, of comics, novels, videogames, and more.

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.

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."

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 roleplaying 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.

On the screen, the first new canon to appear will be Star Wars Rebels. In print, the first new books to come from this creative collaboration include novels from Del Rey Books. First to be announced, John Jackson Miller is writing a novel that precedes the events of Star Wars Rebels and offers insight into a key character's backstory, with input directly from executive producers Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg, and Greg Weisman.

And this is just the beginning of a creatively aligned program of Star Wars storytelling created by the collaboration of incredibly talented people united by their love of that galaxy far, far away....