Lucasfilm sets record straight on Star Wars Expanded Universe

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  • Let it Go! Omaha, NE
    May 14, 2014 9:27 a.m.

    So, The Thrawn Trilogy is out?

    Great, now I have to wait to find out what is going on in the next three movies. :(

  • dogmanaut OREM, UT
    May 9, 2014 4:07 p.m.

    @Shawnm750 -- Yeah, the new "Star Wars: Rebels" series is being considered part of the canon. So, in other words, that, the six movies, and "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" are the only bits of official history.

    As other people have said, everything else isn't necessarily being scrapped entirely. It's just not official YET -- until it appears in one of the movies or TV series. So, by that logic, I guess that would make Dash Rendar's ship -- although not necessarily Dash Rendar himself -- official. Think of the Expanded Universe like comic books to the comic book movies: the filmmakers will undoubtedly turn to all the EU books, etc. for ideas and probably even characters, but they're not bound to follow anything.

  • infoman Cedar Hills, UT
    May 9, 2014 4:08 p.m.

    I actually like "Splinter of the Mind's Eye" more than I like episodes 5 and 6. They should have just made a movie out of that and called it quits. It was written before Lucas came up with the idea of Vader being Luke's father, and it makes a lot more sense than the mess we ended up getting.

  • techpubs Sioux City, IA
    May 9, 2014 12:49 p.m.

    @ Russ:
    I was referring to the fact that way back in the beginning around 1974 George Lucas was committing himself to producing 3 Star Wars trilogies. He started with Episode 4 which confused many people at the time because they thought it was Episode 1 due to it being the first movie to hit the theaters. The original idea was to release one every few years with the last coming out by 1998 or thereabouts. However, after The Return of The Jedi everything went dormant as Mr. Lucas kind of lost his passion for staying on schedule.

    But I agree with you that this could become more than Episodes 7-9 if there are good movies produced. And I also will continue to enjoy the EU books.

  • illuminated St George, UT
    May 9, 2014 12:25 p.m.

    This is news? Who didn't actually know this stuff wasn't canonical? The non-canonical stuff is pretty terrible anyway. I read the Thrawn trilogy and "I, Jedi", which are supposed to be the cream of the crop and they were pretty terrible.

  • Shawnm750 West Jordan, UT
    May 9, 2014 12:09 p.m.

    Makes me wonder about the new Star Wars: Rebels series. The article said that Star Wars: The Clone Wars was considered canonical, and the new series is being produced by Lucasfilm so I'm guess it too falls under that umbrella...?

  • JP Chandler, AZ
    May 9, 2014 11:02 a.m.

    EU is Non-canonical. That doesn't mean characters and ships, etc can't exist in the canonical universe. See the Boba Fett example cited in the article.

  • DarthMobius West Jordan, UT
    May 9, 2014 9:46 a.m.

    This is ridiculous. Shadows of the Empire was expanded universe, so he is contradicting himself. He took the Outrider, Dash Rendar's ship, and put it in Star Wars Episode IV in Mos Eisley in the new version, so obviously he has some cleaning up to do.

  • Russ Salt Lake City, UT
    May 9, 2014 8:11 a.m.

    Techpubs, they will have a lot more than 3 more episodes. Think Avengers series but Star Wars. I am fine with this decision and will still enjoy these newly branded Legacy books just fine. I look forward to seeing where this goes from hear out.

  • NedGrimley Brigham City, UT
    May 9, 2014 7:04 a.m.

    That parody keeps running through my head: "Talk nerdy to me"...

  • techpubs Sioux City, IA
    May 9, 2014 6:19 a.m.

    It's a real shame that he couldn't use some of the great story lines from the EU. But the final 3 episodes 7, 8, and 9 should have been done 20 years ago.