At last we know: Star Wars: Episode VII will not be beholden to the Expanded Universe.
For those unfamiliar with the whole “Expanded Universe” concept, there are two Star Wars universes. The six films (maybe seven if you count the Clone Wars animated film) are considered the “canon” of the franchise. All of the novels, comics, video games and so on fall into what is known as the “Expanded Universe.” It all began with a novel released before The Empire Strikes Back called Splinter of the Mind’s Eye, and really snowballed after the Dark Empire comic series released in 1991. The side stories filled in gaps around the films and tried to broaden the scope of Star Wars.
The problem was, someone forgot to ask Lucas his exact plans.
The prequel trilogy blasted the ever loving guts out of the Expanded Universe, and was also what drove me to not read any further comics or novels as I realized they were pointless. I had read one trilogy of books that focused on who designed the Death Star, and then when Episode II: Attack of the Clones came out, everything in those books had been thrown out the window. So… I read three books for no good reason. I was done and out.
Speaking at WonderCon this past weekend, Simon Kinberg – who is writing one of the stand alone films – addressed the issues with the Expanded Universe and if they will factor into the new movies. “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.”
So what does this tell us? Don’t walk in thinking you know what we’re going to see. There is no guarantee Chewie is dead. That Jacen Solo – if he even exists – becomes a Darth. We know nothing at this point, and I, for one, am pretty happy about this as a lot of the novels were horrible.
[ Source IGN ]