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Star Wars Expanded Universe will not be a part of the new feature films

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Say goodbye to any chance of seeing Grand Admiral Thrawn, Knights of the Old Republic, Mara Jade, the death of Chewbacca, the Solo twins, or many other elements of the video games, novels, and comics in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII as Lucasfilm has announced a split between the Expanded Universe fans have come to know and love and the future of the STAR WARS franchise.

Back in January, we heard the news that Lucasfilm was bringing together a committee to oversee which elements of the STAR WARS Expanded Universe would become canon alongside the six feature films. Now, we know the answer is that none of them will be. All existing EU games, books, comics, and more will become known as STAR WARS: LEGENDS with all future Disney/Lucasfilm products being billed as the Expanded Universe. This means that the CLONE WARS series is not canon and upcoming REBELS animated series will be. This also means any theories we have had about STAR WARS: EPISODE VII as it relates to existing EU items is completely thrown out the window.

Fans of the EU are going to be disappointed, but this does allow J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan, Simon Kinberg, and any other creative mind behind the next three sequels and any standalone films to have the ability to create brand new characters and stories without worrying about stepping on convoluted mythology designed for the past three decades. Hell, Abrams had to create an entirely new parallel timeline to make his STAR TREK reboot work so this avoids those issues entirely.

Read the full Lucasfilm press release below. STAR WARS: EPISODE VII hits theaters on December 18, 2015.

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….

Source: StarWars.com

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4:52AM on 04/28/2014

Cool

I agree with this idea. I think it gives them amazing flexiblity, to do what they want with the new movies. I also believe that they WILL use some of the lore of the EU and that this decision gives them the ability to use what characters they want, in what events they want, without any real ramifications from the fanboy fanbase.
I agree with this idea. I think it gives them amazing flexiblity, to do what they want with the new movies. I also believe that they WILL use some of the lore of the EU and that this decision gives them the ability to use what characters they want, in what events they want, without any real ramifications from the fanboy fanbase.
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11:16AM on 04/27/2014
I've read/played a few of the expanded universe novels/games before the prequel trilogy came out and crushed any hope I had for the Star Wars universe. Let's face it; only hardcore fans would be even mildly familiar with the expanded universe. While I will mourn a few of the actually cool characters the EU developed, let's give it a chance.
I've read/played a few of the expanded universe novels/games before the prequel trilogy came out and crushed any hope I had for the Star Wars universe. Let's face it; only hardcore fans would be even mildly familiar with the expanded universe. While I will mourn a few of the actually cool characters the EU developed, let's give it a chance.
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3:50AM on 04/26/2014
Can't say I'm totally happy with this news.
Everything that you thought you knew about the main characters after Return Of The Jedi will be wiped away.
Can't say I'm totally happy with this news.
Everything that you thought you knew about the main characters after Return Of The Jedi will be wiped away.
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1:43AM on 04/26/2014

Punch it Chewie

Let's see what this franchise of great characters still has to offer. Sure, the expanded universe has a ton of great stories to pull, but I can't imagine anything more exciting (and long overdue) than the unexpected. If it's crap, it's crap. But at least we won't be sitting there waiting impatiently for Kyle Katarn or Mara Jade to make an appearance. Pump some new ideas in there and see what happens.
Let's see what this franchise of great characters still has to offer. Sure, the expanded universe has a ton of great stories to pull, but I can't imagine anything more exciting (and long overdue) than the unexpected. If it's crap, it's crap. But at least we won't be sitting there waiting impatiently for Kyle Katarn or Mara Jade to make an appearance. Pump some new ideas in there and see what happens.
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12:46AM on 04/26/2014

Go for it

I like the idea there going, i'm glad there not using the books and video games as to telling the story on film. thank you J. J. Abrams for making this decision. Make the movie your way.
I like the idea there going, i'm glad there not using the books and video games as to telling the story on film. thank you J. J. Abrams for making this decision. Make the movie your way.
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9:43PM on 04/25/2014
The vast majority of moviegoers will be unfamiliar with the EU and the sheer amount of material can be pretty overwhelming. That said, there are plenty of elements that I'd love to see explored in a live-action movie. Please, please give us Mara Jade!
The vast majority of moviegoers will be unfamiliar with the EU and the sheer amount of material can be pretty overwhelming. That said, there are plenty of elements that I'd love to see explored in a live-action movie. Please, please give us Mara Jade!
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8:40PM on 04/25/2014

Ive never considered the books

to be cannon. Just the movies and the clone wars cartoon. The games and books and comics are just superfluous fluff that is more of a nice to know than NEED to know.
to be cannon. Just the movies and the clone wars cartoon. The games and books and comics are just superfluous fluff that is more of a nice to know than NEED to know.
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7:39PM on 04/25/2014

ON ONE HAND IT MAKES SENSE, ON THE OTHER IT'S DUMB

Considering how many great stories there are in the EU and how limited the current SW universe is, the idea of going completely crazy and dumping SW movies on to those who has no idea of the EU will ultimately confuse, fluster and alienate the general public. I think what DISNEY/LUCAS are missing is that most of the SW audience is very hip and ever expanding so that the EU is actually going to end up as canon for future films. Also, to leave it up to writers to cull from the universe will
Considering how many great stories there are in the EU and how limited the current SW universe is, the idea of going completely crazy and dumping SW movies on to those who has no idea of the EU will ultimately confuse, fluster and alienate the general public. I think what DISNEY/LUCAS are missing is that most of the SW audience is very hip and ever expanding so that the EU is actually going to end up as canon for future films. Also, to leave it up to writers to cull from the universe will lead them to cull from the EU and therefore inadvertently on purpose create canon from the EU in order to keep the usual SW universe fresh and moving along. As many people have said about many Sci-Fi properties is that even sub-par SW is better than no SW. Banishing the EU is narrow minded at best. Relying on the established canon is dicey and eventually will run out of steam. What's next, rebooting A NEW HOPE in order to flood the universe with characters in order to mysteriously create canon?
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4:43AM on 04/28/2014
They're not only relying on the story leading up to Episode VI; they just said that they won't be basing it in the same "universe" as the one that the novels, comics and others have espanded upon. What they did was give t hemselves an almost blank slate to work with. They can now pick and choose what to build on and where and with whom. And keep this in mind; I can promise you that some of the expanded "canon" will be used in the new movies because frankly, some of it is just too good to leave
They're not only relying on the story leading up to Episode VI; they just said that they won't be basing it in the same "universe" as the one that the novels, comics and others have espanded upon. What they did was give t hemselves an almost blank slate to work with. They can now pick and choose what to build on and where and with whom. And keep this in mind; I can promise you that some of the expanded "canon" will be used in the new movies because frankly, some of it is just too good to leave out completely.
7:23PM on 04/25/2014

"This means that the CLONE WARS series is not canon"

The second paragraph of the press release directly contradicts that statement..
The second paragraph of the press release directly contradicts that statement..
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7:29PM on 04/25/2014
Yeah I just noticed that...apparently the author dropped the ball on that.
Yeah I just noticed that...apparently the author dropped the ball on that.
7:29PM on 04/25/2014
Yeah I just noticed that...apparently the author dropped the ball on that.
Yeah I just noticed that...apparently the author dropped the ball on that.
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7:13PM on 04/25/2014
You guy's just said the clone wars was not canon but the press release says it is. Either way I'm happy to hear this cuz the eu sucks
You guy's just said the clone wars was not canon but the press release says it is. Either way I'm happy to hear this cuz the eu sucks
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7:09PM on 04/25/2014
I have a bad feeling about this.
I have a bad feeling about this.
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6:24PM on 04/25/2014

Disney/Marvel/Star Wars

I dont understand why they feel the need to box themselves in, if writing off the EU is indeed what is going on here. Fanboys love to back Marvel and how they are handling their universe, so thats one formula that works at least. Without being a comic book reader, it seems to be the case that the Marvel movies arent following the comics exactly, but they use a lot of characters and story arcs still in their own way. Disney should do the same with Star Wars. Dont say "We wont use these
I dont understand why they feel the need to box themselves in, if writing off the EU is indeed what is going on here. Fanboys love to back Marvel and how they are handling their universe, so thats one formula that works at least. Without being a comic book reader, it seems to be the case that the Marvel movies arent following the comics exactly, but they use a lot of characters and story arcs still in their own way. Disney should do the same with Star Wars. Dont say "We wont use these aspects", just do your own thing and maybe they coincide, maybe they dont. Put Mara Jade and Admiral Thrawn in the movies if a story calls for it, but dont feel that you have to give the same stories as the novels. Star Wars is one of the biggest properties in movie history, it will probably all be rebooted in 15 years anyway.
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6:25PM on 04/25/2014
And as a Star Wars fanboy, I can say that IMO many of the EU stories are MUCH better than what has been presented to us in films and TV.
And as a Star Wars fanboy, I can say that IMO many of the EU stories are MUCH better than what has been presented to us in films and TV.
7:30PM on 04/25/2014
Some may be good, some may be bad, but they were never canon which is the point of the release and the previous release.
Some may be good, some may be bad, but they were never canon which is the point of the release and the previous release.
6:22PM on 04/25/2014
This is probably for the best. Let' be honest, for every 50 people that see a Star Wars movie, maybe 1 has checked out the EU novels and shows, and know enough about the characters and events. Besides, some of the pre-New Hope era EU stories got ignored when the prequels came out, so it's not like this isn't expected. As long as the movie is good, I'll be happy.
This is probably for the best. Let' be honest, for every 50 people that see a Star Wars movie, maybe 1 has checked out the EU novels and shows, and know enough about the characters and events. Besides, some of the pre-New Hope era EU stories got ignored when the prequels came out, so it's not like this isn't expected. As long as the movie is good, I'll be happy.
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5:06PM on 04/25/2014

August 2005 Starlog #337

I don't read that stuff. I haven't read any of the novels. I don't know anything about that world. That's a different world than my world. But I do try to keep it consistent. The way I do it now is they have a Star Wars Encyclopedia. So if I come up with a name or something else, I look it up and see if it has already been used. When I said [other people] could make their own Star Wars stories, we decided that, like Star Trek, we would have two universes: My universe and then this other one.
I don't read that stuff. I haven't read any of the novels. I don't know anything about that world. That's a different world than my world. But I do try to keep it consistent. The way I do it now is they have a Star Wars Encyclopedia. So if I come up with a name or something else, I look it up and see if it has already been used. When I said [other people] could make their own Star Wars stories, we decided that, like Star Trek, we would have two universes: My universe and then this other one. They try to make their universe as consistent with mine as possible, but obviously they get enthusiastic and want to go off in other directions. - George Lucas
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4:57PM on 04/25/2014

Alex Maidy, please enroll in community college and sign up for the first available logic class

How the hell can you come to the conclusion that we should "say goodbye to seeing Grand Admiral Thrawn, Knights of the Old Republic, Mara Jade, the death of Chewbacca, the Solo twins, or any other element of video games, novels, or comics" when the quote you post in your own article contradicts that and doesn't say those elements will not be part of Ep VII or the universe going forward, just that they will not tell the exact same story.

For fucks sake, did you not read the quote before you
How the hell can you come to the conclusion that we should "say goodbye to seeing Grand Admiral Thrawn, Knights of the Old Republic, Mara Jade, the death of Chewbacca, the Solo twins, or any other element of video games, novels, or comics" when the quote you post in your own article contradicts that and doesn't say those elements will not be part of Ep VII or the universe going forward, just that they will not tell the exact same story.

For fucks sake, did you not read the quote before you included it in your article, or did the explanation that "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."

she states it is not being discarded, and then gives examples of how the EU elements are still being used, just that they aren't beholden to using them identically as they were used before for the sake of continuity.
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5:03PM on 04/25/2014
If you are talking about the West End Games RPGs those sourcebooks were derived directly from the only source available, Lucas' notes. That's why McQuarrie art is all over the place, why it mentions Biggs calling Luke Wormy, the ISB/Inquisitors and the fleet systems (those appeared on early schematics for the film), etc. Star Wares Rebels is a continuation of the Clone Wars, which Lucas worked on directly...so actually, oddly enough, I'm defending the author. The EU was never canon according to
If you are talking about the West End Games RPGs those sourcebooks were derived directly from the only source available, Lucas' notes. That's why McQuarrie art is all over the place, why it mentions Biggs calling Luke Wormy, the ISB/Inquisitors and the fleet systems (those appeared on early schematics for the film), etc. Star Wares Rebels is a continuation of the Clone Wars, which Lucas worked on directly...so actually, oddly enough, I'm defending the author. The EU was never canon according to Lucas, and like him or not its his world and he can do whatever he wants. Granted, he did approve events in the novels and games but he also states he viewed them as a separate universe anyways, and never cared to retcon them with the films.

The WEG books were derived from Lucas and only included EU after the Dark Empire Sourcebook when Dark Horse acquired the rights.
5:10PM on 04/25/2014
Also, Mayhew is in Episode 7. Welcome back Chewie.
Also, Mayhew is in Episode 7. Welcome back Chewie.
4:38PM on 04/25/2014

Old news actually.

Kennedy came out months ago and established that the EU was decanonized (that even a word?). Arguably this had already begun via the cartoon with the retconning of Darth Maul, the concept of the Rule of Two, Order 66, Jango Fett and the Mandalorians. Alot of Star Wars forums blew up over this the last few years (especially the Mando'a fanboys who couldn't take their Klingon rip off history being augmented to better fit the Star Wars Universe at the behest of Lucas). Traviss came out last year I
Kennedy came out months ago and established that the EU was decanonized (that even a word?). Arguably this had already begun via the cartoon with the retconning of Darth Maul, the concept of the Rule of Two, Order 66, Jango Fett and the Mandalorians. Alot of Star Wars forums blew up over this the last few years (especially the Mando'a fanboys who couldn't take their Klingon rip off history being augmented to better fit the Star Wars Universe at the behest of Lucas). Traviss came out last year I think, the author of the Republic Commando books, bitching about how things were changing so drastically prior to the Disney buy-out. Admittedly Lucas did some of his best work on that show, being more of the idea man rather than writer, and it shines brightly in Season Six of Clone Wars. Frankly I'm glad, the EU has its jewels but overall it really became horrible for me (as my opinion, not trying to change the views of others). The Yuzang Borg, Boba Mandalore, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Sith, Chewie's lame ass death are all reasons I welcome this. Though its sad to watch Dark Horse and Del Rey take another kick to the groin I'm looking forward to it. Added to that, Lucas flat out said that the books, comics, and games all occur in what he views as a separate/parallel universe...it was never apart of canon. Unfortunately, now JJ gets to sink the ship with whatever asinine plot device he can come up with. Khan Maul, Luke's kid landing 100 ft away from Luke on Hoth, magic ewoks, the Falcon with hip cool swoopy additions, Gray Chewie with dreadlocks, etc. Can't get hyped for JJ with his track record of eyecandy with a caca filling.
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4:26PM on 04/25/2014

Heck yeah

I would up vote this news a thousand times over if I could.
I would up vote this news a thousand times over if I could.
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4:47PM on 04/25/2014
My fingers would go bloody.
My fingers would go bloody.
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4:21PM on 04/25/2014

hmmm

Well i would have to say i had interest in these movies
ANNND its gone.

Its one thing to not want to be tied down by the EU but its something else to ignore it entirely. Also anyone who thinks Abrams can come up with better more entertaining stories with out ape'ing the EU (you know like how Lucas did with the prequels) then you're lying to yourself.
Well i would have to say i had interest in these movies
ANNND its gone.

Its one thing to not want to be tied down by the EU but its something else to ignore it entirely. Also anyone who thinks Abrams can come up with better more entertaining stories with out ape'ing the EU (you know like how Lucas did with the prequels) then you're lying to yourself.
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4:30PM on 04/25/2014
Except for the people writing the screenplays for these films are waaaaay more talented then the writers you wrote the majority of expanded universe novels and games. Granted there are certainly some exceptions, but Michel Arndt and Lawrence Kasdan are Oscar caliber writers compared to the generic science fiction novelists simply for an easy paycheck who wrote an overwhelming amount of the EU material.
Except for the people writing the screenplays for these films are waaaaay more talented then the writers you wrote the majority of expanded universe novels and games. Granted there are certainly some exceptions, but Michel Arndt and Lawrence Kasdan are Oscar caliber writers compared to the generic science fiction novelists simply for an easy paycheck who wrote an overwhelming amount of the EU material.
1:52PM on 04/26/2014
First of all why are you referring to to the entire EU and comparing it to a couple of screen writers? All you are really doing is taking the crap part of the EU and comparing to the few awards won by screen writers. NO one is saying all the EU is good. What ppl are saying are things like the Thrawn trilogy and Jedi Academy trilogy are shit that should not be ignored. Your talking like ppl want Zahn to write the movies which is not the case.

Second I don't give a fuck what they won in the
First of all why are you referring to to the entire EU and comparing it to a couple of screen writers? All you are really doing is taking the crap part of the EU and comparing to the few awards won by screen writers. NO one is saying all the EU is good. What ppl are saying are things like the Thrawn trilogy and Jedi Academy trilogy are shit that should not be ignored. Your talking like ppl want Zahn to write the movies which is not the case.

Second I don't give a fuck what they won in the past for films like Little Miss sunshine, the only sci fi Arndt has written is Oblivion and that movie was meh. The only saving grace is Kasdan.
4:46AM on 04/28/2014
I doubt that they'll ignore it entirely; I'm more inclined to believe that they will use some of it. This just gives them the ability to use what they want without some fanboy bitching about them doing it in the wrong order, or using the characters wrong, etc.
I doubt that they'll ignore it entirely; I'm more inclined to believe that they will use some of it. This just gives them the ability to use what they want without some fanboy bitching about them doing it in the wrong order, or using the characters wrong, etc.
4:12PM on 04/25/2014
If you stop and think about it Boba Fett just re-died
If you stop and think about it Boba Fett just re-died
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4:43PM on 04/25/2014
Unless Kasdan fixes him with his Man With No Name solo film. Both Fetts sucked on film anyways. They look cool but got their asses handed to them.
Unless Kasdan fixes him with his Man With No Name solo film. Both Fetts sucked on film anyways. They look cool but got their asses handed to them.
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4:03PM on 04/25/2014
Convoluted. I kinda get it, and it's a nice try to keep all this from getting too convoluted, but it is still convoluted.
Convoluted. I kinda get it, and it's a nice try to keep all this from getting too convoluted, but it is still convoluted.
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4:02PM on 04/25/2014

Huh?

Ok, before we go any further here, what the hell do they mean by Canon? I don't get that meaning in the context they use it in.
Ok, before we go any further here, what the hell do they mean by Canon? I don't get that meaning in the context they use it in.
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4:50PM on 04/25/2014
They are talking about Nick Canon, Mariah Carey's husband and how he won't be in this film as Lando's love child.
They are talking about Nick Canon, Mariah Carey's husband and how he won't be in this film as Lando's love child.
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3:58PM on 04/25/2014

**Spoiler, Will Robinson!**

Half-way through principal photography, Abrams is going to come out and say, "I never really felt right about not releasing in May...", and this will be the reason given for more production time. But the general public will handle the delay much better at this juncture because May 2016 will be much closer at that point. And fanboys everywhere can rejoice that their precious MAY Star Wars release record will remain unscathed. It's perfect, because it happens to hit on a Wednesday that year.
Half-way through principal photography, Abrams is going to come out and say, "I never really felt right about not releasing in May...", and this will be the reason given for more production time. But the general public will handle the delay much better at this juncture because May 2016 will be much closer at that point. And fanboys everywhere can rejoice that their precious MAY Star Wars release record will remain unscathed. It's perfect, because it happens to hit on a Wednesday that year.
MAY 4th, 2016
May the 4th be with you, all over again. #flatjedicircle

MAY 4th
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4:44PM on 04/25/2014
JJ has absolutely no respect for properties like that. Khan
JJ has absolutely no respect for properties like that. Khan
4:52PM on 04/25/2014
Isn't that when batman vs superman is coming out? Your theory makes sense, Disney have already said they don't want to put cap 3 up against BVS, I think Star Wars would have DC running scared though.
Isn't that when batman vs superman is coming out? Your theory makes sense, Disney have already said they don't want to put cap 3 up against BVS, I think Star Wars would have DC running scared though.
4:55PM on 04/25/2014
Star Wars is a brand that would sink most any other flick it went up against. The haters will see it, the fans will see it, the curious will see it. I bitch up the wall about JJ but I'm curious as hell...I may boycott Spidey but I just can't...it'll either be a wreck or a wonder.
Star Wars is a brand that would sink most any other flick it went up against. The haters will see it, the fans will see it, the curious will see it. I bitch up the wall about JJ but I'm curious as hell...I may boycott Spidey but I just can't...it'll either be a wreck or a wonder.
3:36PM on 04/25/2014
The article is partially wrong. They list Knights of the Old Republic as something that will never appear but Kotor is Past work and they only said that post Jedi stuff will never appear so Kotor should not be on that list.
The article is partially wrong. They list Knights of the Old Republic as something that will never appear but Kotor is Past work and they only said that post Jedi stuff will never appear so Kotor should not be on that list.
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4:45PM on 04/25/2014
Older article stated all EU got the can, including SWTOR. That being said Lucas never acknowledge the EU as canon to begin with.
Older article stated all EU got the can, including SWTOR. That being said Lucas never acknowledge the EU as canon to begin with.
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3:28PM on 04/25/2014
One thing they failed to mention is that George Lucas had to approve each and every milestone in the EU universe before the writers could touch the characters they meant to tell stories about. In a sense, Lucas guided the EU universe to fit his canon.

To say that the EU universe isn't canon is to slap the last 30 years, and hundreds of author's faces, with a "screw you" sticker.

The world of Coruscant, and the Jedi Council HQ on said planet, was created by Timothy Zahn in the Heir to the
One thing they failed to mention is that George Lucas had to approve each and every milestone in the EU universe before the writers could touch the characters they meant to tell stories about. In a sense, Lucas guided the EU universe to fit his canon.

To say that the EU universe isn't canon is to slap the last 30 years, and hundreds of author's faces, with a "screw you" sticker.

The world of Coruscant, and the Jedi Council HQ on said planet, was created by Timothy Zahn in the Heir to the Empire series. This was touched on by Lucas in Episode 1. It isn't hard to at least acknowledge important characters in the EU universe and the story-lines created for them. I understand that the filmmakers are attempting to create something new, but it doesn't hurt to tap into what was already creatively explored upon by literary geniuses.
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4:46PM on 04/25/2014
Coruscant appeared in the novelization of Star Wars: the Adventures of Luke Skywalker. Also mentions Palpatine for the first time. 1977.
Coruscant appeared in the novelization of Star Wars: the Adventures of Luke Skywalker. Also mentions Palpatine for the first time. 1977.
7:31PM on 04/25/2014
Actually Guybrush, wikipedia and Timothy Zahn disagree with you: [link]

From Zahn: "When I was starting the Thrawn Trilogy, they told me to coordinate with the West End Games source material, and they had it listed as the Imperial Planet. Well nobody names a planet 'Imperial Planet,' so I thought it needed a name, so I picked the word that means glittering: 'Coruscant.' Apparently, when it came time to choose a name [for the films], people persuaded George to go with Coruscant and be done
Actually Guybrush, wikipedia and Timothy Zahn disagree with you: [link]

From Zahn: "When I was starting the Thrawn Trilogy, they told me to coordinate with the West End Games source material, and they had it listed as the Imperial Planet. Well nobody names a planet 'Imperial Planet,' so I thought it needed a name, so I picked the word that means glittering: 'Coruscant.' Apparently, when it came time to choose a name [for the films], people persuaded George to go with Coruscant and be done with it."

Thanks for playing though. Enjoy this complimentary salad bowl WITH tongs.
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3:17PM on 04/25/2014
Good, that's the way it should be. The movies are the only canon we need. I suspect they announced this now to avoid confusion when they announce the cast and characters that don't have anything to do with the EU. Which means casting announcements are likely imminent.
Good, that's the way it should be. The movies are the only canon we need. I suspect they announced this now to avoid confusion when they announce the cast and characters that don't have anything to do with the EU. Which means casting announcements are likely imminent.
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