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Simon Kinberg says the 6 Star Wars films are the only canon for Episode VII

Apr. 21, 2014by:

Speculation can finally come to an end regarding what Expanded Universe elements will be making their way into J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: EPISODE VII. The answer is: none.

At WonderCon this weekend, screenwriter Simon Kinberg was asked by IGN for some new information related to STAR WARS: EPISODE VII and the planned solo films for characters such as Han Solo, Boba Fett, Obi-wan Kenobi, and Yoda. Kinberg, who is working on one of the standalone films and not the J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan sequel, said the following.

“I’m definitely not allowed to talk about the content of the Star Wars stuff,” Kinberg said. “I can say that I’m a ridiculously huge fan, I love Boba Fett and I love, obviously, all of the characters in that world. For me — and I know it was true for J.J [Abrams], and Larry Kasdan and Kathy Kennedy and Michael Arndt — it was all about honoring the original movies, and yet wanting to take a step forward, too, and tell a new story.”

But that new story could include characters from the Expanded Universe such as Grand Admiral Thrawn, the Solo and Skywalker children, and more, right?

You know, it’s not off-limits, and it’s certainly inspiring — I’m working on an animated show for [Lucasfilm] as well, Star Wars: Rebels, that will take inspiration from everywhere, but — I know for the movies, the canon is the canon, and the canon is the six films that exist.”

Rumors have the children of Han Solo and Princess Leia as main characters in the new film along with the supposed daughter of Obi-wan Kenobi, but they may be original creators from Kasdan and Abrams instead of what we have seen in the comics and novels officially authorized by Lucasfilm. It seems a little odd to fore go all of the hard work to build those characters for fans to just ignore them and create something new, so Kinberg could just be playing dumb regarding the question.

If the Disney film will be ignoring all of the EU plotlines, we truly have no idea where STAR WARS: EPISODE VII may be headed and will have to wait until December 18, 2015 to find out.

Source: IGN

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11:29AM on 04/23/2014
Fine with this decision. Please proceed.
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11:49PM on 04/21/2014
While there's plenty of great material in the Expanded Universe, I've always felt it to be potentially overwhelming, especially when the vast majority of moviegoers will not be hardcore Star Wars fan who authored the Wookieepedia entry on Willrow Hood.
While there's plenty of great material in the Expanded Universe, I've always felt it to be potentially overwhelming, especially when the vast majority of moviegoers will not be hardcore Star Wars fan who authored the Wookieepedia entry on Willrow Hood.
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5:39PM on 04/21/2014

Ummmm

"It seems a little odd to fore go all of the hard work to build those characters for fans to just ignore them and create something new"

What a dumb statement. If they did. Theyd be constricted storywise. This way. They have carteblanche and can create a great new story. Nothing worse than going. Oh crap we cant do this because one of the 233 books says this happened instead. Or oh. We cant use this wonderful character cuz he mawfawkin DEAD.

Books are great, but when it comes to movie
"It seems a little odd to fore go all of the hard work to build those characters for fans to just ignore them and create something new"

What a dumb statement. If they did. Theyd be constricted storywise. This way. They have carteblanche and can create a great new story. Nothing worse than going. Oh crap we cant do this because one of the 233 books says this happened instead. Or oh. We cant use this wonderful character cuz he mawfawkin DEAD.

Books are great, but when it comes to movie franchises. Movies are cannon. Books. Comics. Cartoons are all expendable stories that can unofficially fill in gaps until a new movie establishes itself.
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9:55PM on 04/21/2014
Dude where did you learn to SPELL?!
Dude where did you learn to SPELL?!
11:34PM on 04/21/2014
Spelling. Isn't his problem. His problem. Is sentence structure. ;)
Spelling. Isn't his problem. His problem. Is sentence structure. ;)
11:51PM on 04/21/2014
Listen. Im typing with my thumb on a 3" screen while lying upside down on my couch. Dont act like all of your posts are some sort of gramatical miracle. Comment on the subject of the post. Not its grammar or sentence structure.
Listen. Im typing with my thumb on a 3" screen while lying upside down on my couch. Dont act like all of your posts are some sort of gramatical miracle. Comment on the subject of the post. Not its grammar or sentence structure.
11:52PM on 04/21/2014
Wait a minute!!! MA!!!!!
Wait a minute!!! MA!!!!!
11:44AM on 04/22/2014
and yet Martin fked up his sentence structure. Don't be the douche correcting peoples spelling and grammar and then you don't look lie a douche when you fuk ur sentence structure all up
and yet Martin fked up his sentence structure. Don't be the douche correcting peoples spelling and grammar and then you don't look lie a douche when you fuk ur sentence structure all up
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4:30PM on 04/21/2014

This isn't really news?

George Lucas hs said in the past that these new movies won't use the expanded universe. His story outlines don't use it he said. Those outlines are apparently being used for this new trilogy. Lucas has already shown he will ignore the EU when it suits him because he completely rewrote boba Fetts history in episode 2. Fetts past has been explored extensively in the books and comics.
George Lucas hs said in the past that these new movies won't use the expanded universe. His story outlines don't use it he said. Those outlines are apparently being used for this new trilogy. Lucas has already shown he will ignore the EU when it suits him because he completely rewrote boba Fetts history in episode 2. Fetts past has been explored extensively in the books and comics.
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4:14PM on 04/21/2014
That's fine. I never really considered anything outside the movies to be canon anyway. I think the only reason Lucasfilm agreed for the EU to be considered canon is because at the time they didn't think 7, 8 and 9 would get made. I'm okay with them ignoring the EU completely. As long as the story is good, and lots of people are running around swinging lightsabers, I'm happy.
That's fine. I never really considered anything outside the movies to be canon anyway. I think the only reason Lucasfilm agreed for the EU to be considered canon is because at the time they didn't think 7, 8 and 9 would get made. I'm okay with them ignoring the EU completely. As long as the story is good, and lots of people are running around swinging lightsabers, I'm happy.
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4:03PM on 04/21/2014

Wait wut?

When the hell did Obi-wan have a daughter? I don't recall hearing anything about that in my wookiepedia surfing or any of the EU books that i've read.
When the hell did Obi-wan have a daughter? I don't recall hearing anything about that in my wookiepedia surfing or any of the EU books that i've read.
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3:31PM on 04/21/2014
Halfway through the second movie everyone will change their names to revile they are actually doing a reboot of the empire strikes back, oh shoot I just remembered they already did this with the last JJ franchise, never mind.
Halfway through the second movie everyone will change their names to revile they are actually doing a reboot of the empire strikes back, oh shoot I just remembered they already did this with the last JJ franchise, never mind.
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11:45AM on 04/22/2014
bitter much? How is that movie you have been working on going?
bitter much? How is that movie you have been working on going?
3:06PM on 04/21/2014
Well, Lucasfilm/Disney need to get on the same page with regards to what's cannon and what's not. There's different statements coming from different people regarding this.

[link] [link] [link]
Well, Lucasfilm/Disney need to get on the same page with regards to what's cannon and what's not. There's different statements coming from different people regarding this.

[link] [link] [link]
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3:06PM on 04/21/2014

Nice

Misdirection.
Misdirection.
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3:03PM on 04/21/2014
Great time to be a Star Wars fan right now or an adult who was watched the films an endless amount of times while growing up.
Great time to be a Star Wars fan right now or an adult who was watched the films an endless amount of times while growing up.
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3:01PM on 04/21/2014

It seems a little odd...

"It seems a little odd to fore go all of the hard work to build those characters for fans to just ignore them and create something new..." True. But I thought it was a bit odd when Lucas ignored all the hard work that went into the first three movies just to do whatever the prequels were.
"It seems a little odd to fore go all of the hard work to build those characters for fans to just ignore them and create something new..." True. But I thought it was a bit odd when Lucas ignored all the hard work that went into the first three movies just to do whatever the prequels were.
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2:57PM on 04/21/2014
How about just the OT is canon?
How about just the OT is canon?
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