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Star Wars expanded universe content will now be considered canon alongside the feature films

Jan. 7, 2014by: Alex Maidy

Everything STAR WARS will be changing in 2015. With the release of STAR WARS: EPISODE VII and Disney bringing the creation of all of the additional cartoons, comic books, video games, and more in house, there is a streamlining of the Lucasfilm products that used to belong to the highest bidder. We have all gotten used to the difference between STAR WARS canon and the Expanded Universe. When STAR WARS: EPISODE VII was announced, the first thing we all wondered was which EU characters or novels would be used in the new films.

Back in 2000, Leland Chee became the curator of the Lucasfilm Holocron which cataloged and maintained the Expanded Universe of STAR WARS. Beginning now, a panel featuring Chee known as the Lucasfilm Story Group, will determine what is constituted STAR WARS canon from not just the feature films but also novels, comics, video games, cartoons, and everything else.

Why is this change happening?

"A primary goal" was to ensure that there was no hierarchy between the movies and spin-off 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."

What you can consider this is that Disney is not content to just have STAR WARS but they want a STAR WARS Cinematic Universe, much like what they are doing with Marvel. Instead of books, games, and more that are distinct from one another, streamlining the canon will allow for major cross-overs between every facet of the STAR WARS empire. Whether this means that all existing Expanded Universe material will be added to canon retroactively or if this means that a new canon begins now is unknown, but I would definitely think that the Disney Era of STAR WARS is going to be vastly more unified than what we have seen for the past four decades.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII hits theaters on December 18, 2015.

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2:15AM on 01/09/2014

canonize it!

I've read the EU books, and I was under the impression that Lucas and his people signed off on plot points before they published anything books, game or otherwise. The writers were mercenaries for hire brought in to fill the pages of these prearranged plots. Characters such as Kenth Hamner crossed over platforms (games to movies and back again). And its no coincidence that after KOTOR released on Xbox, featuring planetary visits to Mandalore and its people, that the books soon began exploring
I've read the EU books, and I was under the impression that Lucas and his people signed off on plot points before they published anything books, game or otherwise. The writers were mercenaries for hire brought in to fill the pages of these prearranged plots. Characters such as Kenth Hamner crossed over platforms (games to movies and back again). And its no coincidence that after KOTOR released on Xbox, featuring planetary visits to Mandalore and its people, that the books soon began exploring the possibilities of plots involving the planet and its role post empire. It was all canon already and should remain so.
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12:46PM on 01/08/2014
I dunno, this sounds easier said then done. A lot of the EU material builds on books that came before. Sure there may be some one-off books/stories that could easily be eliminated. But at the same time they also introduce characters that show up in other big story arcs in the EU. It's just not as simple as saying "this story happened, but this story didn't happen. We're going to keep this character, but not this character"

I think it would be smarter to get the EU organized into
I dunno, this sounds easier said then done. A lot of the EU material builds on books that came before. Sure there may be some one-off books/stories that could easily be eliminated. But at the same time they also introduce characters that show up in other big story arcs in the EU. It's just not as simple as saying "this story happened, but this story didn't happen. We're going to keep this character, but not this character"

I think it would be smarter to get the EU organized into how/when things take place after Jedi. And then figure out where the New Trilogy will fit into everything.
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2:21AM on 01/08/2014
This is hard for me to decide upon. I can live with it because I'd like to see more Star Wars but I have spent a lot of time and money on EU stuff it feels like a betrayal (that's is too strong of a word because it's just movies and books but it's the best word I can come up with) because my daughter and I have had a lot of fun times reading, watching, and playing EU stuff. It was fun knowing how it all tied together. Then again, we'll get to enjoy the new stuff together as well.
This is hard for me to decide upon. I can live with it because I'd like to see more Star Wars but I have spent a lot of time and money on EU stuff it feels like a betrayal (that's is too strong of a word because it's just movies and books but it's the best word I can come up with) because my daughter and I have had a lot of fun times reading, watching, and playing EU stuff. It was fun knowing how it all tied together. Then again, we'll get to enjoy the new stuff together as well.
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11:50PM on 01/07/2014
FIRST THOUGHT THAT COMES TO MIND: MAKE CLONE PALPATINE NOT CANON. /endcaps ^_^

No but seriously, it ruins the original series by just simply having the emperor clone himself...
FIRST THOUGHT THAT COMES TO MIND: MAKE CLONE PALPATINE NOT CANON. /endcaps ^_^

No but seriously, it ruins the original series by just simply having the emperor clone himself...
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10:11PM on 01/07/2014
1 year 11 months and 11 days until opening day. 1:11:11
1 year 11 months and 11 days until opening day. 1:11:11
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9:49PM on 01/07/2014
Sounds like a good idea to me, since it always bugs me when expanded universe stuff doesn't quite agree with the movies. Case in point being the clone wars series, where Anakin had a padawan and Darth Maul somehow lived.
Sounds like a good idea to me, since it always bugs me when expanded universe stuff doesn't quite agree with the movies. Case in point being the clone wars series, where Anakin had a padawan and Darth Maul somehow lived.
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8:10PM on 01/07/2014
I'm glad they're cleaning things up. Does anyone really want to see movies that have to acknowledge everything that happened in the books? They were all written under the presumption that there would be no more movies, and used up most of the plot points they'll want to use in the new trilogy. Besides, dead children we never even met in the films, Chewie gone, the Yuuzhan Vong... no thanks.
I'm glad they're cleaning things up. Does anyone really want to see movies that have to acknowledge everything that happened in the books? They were all written under the presumption that there would be no more movies, and used up most of the plot points they'll want to use in the new trilogy. Besides, dead children we never even met in the films, Chewie gone, the Yuuzhan Vong... no thanks.
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8:01PM on 01/07/2014
It would be cool to see a Yuuzhan Vong movie.
It would be cool to see a Yuuzhan Vong movie.
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7:26PM on 01/07/2014
That's great since there's bound to be material that shouldn't all get chucked away, but could also prove slightly problematic. Does this mean the Thrawn trilogy would have already happened by the time we see Han, Luke and Leia in Episode VII? What viewers who aren't Star Wars fans who would come Episode VII knowing only of the six movies or even less? I'm also very sure there's at least a little contradiction and overlap somewhere within the vast web of the EU. So, I really hope that creating
That's great since there's bound to be material that shouldn't all get chucked away, but could also prove slightly problematic. Does this mean the Thrawn trilogy would have already happened by the time we see Han, Luke and Leia in Episode VII? What viewers who aren't Star Wars fans who would come Episode VII knowing only of the six movies or even less? I'm also very sure there's at least a little contradiction and overlap somewhere within the vast web of the EU. So, I really hope that creating one cohesive canon won't throw out the baby with the bathwater - but there is a lot of bathwater to throw out if the new films are going to be able to stand alone to a degree.
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7:23PM on 01/07/2014

Thank goodness

I've read my share and played my share of eu content. Too rich of a universe to throw away. Particularly X-Wing, Thrawn, Academy, Dark Forces, and the New Jedi Order
I've read my share and played my share of eu content. Too rich of a universe to throw away. Particularly X-Wing, Thrawn, Academy, Dark Forces, and the New Jedi Order
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7:14PM on 01/07/2014

Good.

I am going to get 10 million down votes for this, but I've read a fair amount of EU novels and comics (although I'm less familiar with the video games) and most of them honestly aren't that great, granted there are a few notable exceptions, but overall the expanded universe is a mess and not up to par with the potential something like Star Wars has to offer.
I am going to get 10 million down votes for this, but I've read a fair amount of EU novels and comics (although I'm less familiar with the video games) and most of them honestly aren't that great, granted there are a few notable exceptions, but overall the expanded universe is a mess and not up to par with the potential something like Star Wars has to offer.
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7:04PM on 01/07/2014
Other than Chewie dying and Jacen Solo falling to the darkside I'm psyched! The Expanded Universe is what kept me being a Star Wars fan after the prequels.
Other than Chewie dying and Jacen Solo falling to the darkside I'm psyched! The Expanded Universe is what kept me being a Star Wars fan after the prequels.
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11:54PM on 01/07/2014
Yeah, seriously- Chewie dying by having a moon literally crush him was a terribly way to kill him off.
Yeah, seriously- Chewie dying by having a moon literally crush him was a terribly way to kill him off.
6:24PM on 01/07/2014
Why so serious? As long as they don't cram everything in there it could be good. If they find a good use for characters and situations that have already have a life of their own it should enrich the whole Wars galaxy.
Why so serious? As long as they don't cram everything in there it could be good. If they find a good use for characters and situations that have already have a life of their own it should enrich the whole Wars galaxy.
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5:43PM on 01/07/2014
Yeah, to me this sounds like the writers are having trouble coming up with original ideas, so they want to depend on the Expanded Universe for characters and ideas on where to take the plot. How do they do that with minimal amount of fanboy griping? Make the EU canon! My already-low expectations for this franchise just plummeted even more.
Yeah, to me this sounds like the writers are having trouble coming up with original ideas, so they want to depend on the Expanded Universe for characters and ideas on where to take the plot. How do they do that with minimal amount of fanboy griping? Make the EU canon! My already-low expectations for this franchise just plummeted even more.
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5:28PM on 01/07/2014

I have a bad feeling about this

I cant even deny it, I am a huge Expanded Universe fan. Started reading the books when I was 9 and havent stopped sine. That being said, it makes me nervous that they will declare a lot of the stuff that I have loved so much to the side. If that is the case, I would rather them start a whole new EU starting with the release of all of their stuff, with only the Movies (and of course the Holiday Special) being kept.
I cant even deny it, I am a huge Expanded Universe fan. Started reading the books when I was 9 and havent stopped sine. That being said, it makes me nervous that they will declare a lot of the stuff that I have loved so much to the side. If that is the case, I would rather them start a whole new EU starting with the release of all of their stuff, with only the Movies (and of course the Holiday Special) being kept.
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