The Star Wars Expanded Universe Is No More; All Future Releases To Be Canon
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For decades, the works of the Star Wars Expanded Universe have given us more stories and details from the Star War saga, going beyond what we know from George Lucas’s big-screen films. But, while the books, comic books, video games, and more of the Expanded Universe did follow a guideline set up by LucasFilm, these works were not considered canon. Lucas considered only the six Star Wars films as well as Star Wars: The Clone Wars to be canon.

Now, “all aspects of Star Wars storytelling moving forward will be connected,” according to Lucasfilm, which made the announcement on April 25, 2014, stating that for the first time ever, the company – under Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy’s direction — “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.”

A new trilogy of Star Wars movies — Star Wars Episodes VII-IX — is planned, which will be set in the post-Return Of The Jedi times, but those films will not follow the storylines already created within the Expanded Universe, according to LucasFilm.

Now that a new “Expanded Universe” is being set up that will coincide with the new feature films, what will happen to the original Expanded Universe? LucasFilm said that these existing products will still be in print and will be presented under a new banner called “Legends.”

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.

LucasFilm also said that the upcoming Star Wars Rebels, the new animated series coming this Fall, will be the first new on-screen project that’s part of the SW canon. For print, the first new canon books will be from Del Rey Books, the first to be announced being one from John Jackson Miller, called Star Wars: A New Dawn, a novel being released in September that will precede 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.”

LucasFilm and Random House/Del Rey also announced the new line of novels that will be considered canon, along with A New Dawn.

James Luceno

Kevin Hearne
January 2015

Paul Kemp
March 2015

If you’re not familiar with the novels of the EU, then definitely check out our feature 10 Star Wars Novels Worth Checking Out. Those of you of younger generations won’t remember the long drought we had where there was NO Star Wars after the third released film, 1983’s Return Of The Jedi (1983). There were those Ewok spin-off TV movies a few years later, but that’s it. We had nothing! Until finally in June 1991, Timothy Zahn’s novel Heir To The Empire was released and finally we had something again! He went on to pen what’s now known as the Thrawn Trilogy, and it was glorious. Soon, there were more novels from other authors and the comic book line from Dark Horse (Disney, which owns LucasFilm now, is moving to Marvel Comics, their other recently acquired property), and eventually video games, and the Expanded Universe was bursting with new Star Wars tales.

Again, the EU was never considered canon, but let’s face it, after all these years of storytelling, the fans have come to embrace the details we’ve learned from the EU. Now, LucasFilm is basically saying that they’ll keep the existing products of the EU, change the name to Legends, and then blatantly disregard the events that have happened there. And instead of having an EU, now, all projects they release will be considered canon, which to me, means more rigidity in storytelling and character development and no more risk-taking.

I’m guessing there’s not too many fans out there that will be happy with this news, although I know there’s a lot of people who only follow the movies and disregard the EU. What do you think about this news?

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  1. I thought that Alan Dean Foster’s “Splinter of the Mind’s Eye” was the first and only book considered canon outside the SW Universe. Glad for the open-ended (and minded) progress.

    Comment by David Ullery — April 26, 2014 @ 5:01 pm

  2. I don’t like this. What about Shadows of the Empire, which fills in the time between A New Hope & Empire Strikes Back? What about the Clone Wars tv shows? The Force Unleashed Video Games?
    As far as I’m concerned it’s all canon unless it won’t logically fit into the timeline. I’m sure that means the loss of a lot of the EU, but I’m pretty sure there will be time periods that the EU hit that won’t be affected by Disney at all. It’s stupid if you ask me to basically destroy what made Star Wars popular again. Some of the books are better than the movies.The EU novels are why they started making toys again in the ’90s. It’s the reason there’s a Star Wars day. (May the 4th be w/ you) It’s why the prequels even happened.
    (yes, I know a lot of people wish they didn’t happen)
    I read someone posted somewhere; that Lucas didn’t count the EU. That’s funny because I heard he considered it canon as long as it didn’t mess with the story he had produced.

    Comment by UNCARING1 — April 26, 2014 @ 11:36 pm

  3. I’m actually glad the EU isn’t canon anymore, no more ‘super’ Jedi or Sith. Characters in the EU seemed to get into more trouble in-between movies then in them. Although I will miss the Clone War trooper/ Stormtrooper novels and a lot of the pre-SW books.

    Comment by Tony Clements — April 27, 2014 @ 10:42 pm

  4. Maybe Chewie doesn’t die now. lol

    Comment by Douglas Mallette — April 28, 2014 @ 9:01 am

  5. Plus, in the EU, a lot of jedi fell to the dark Side. Diminishing Annikan’s fall greatly.

    Comment by Darth KreVass — April 30, 2014 @ 4:47 pm

  6. are you saying that no one can fall to the dark side? That after Anakin was redeemed, there are no more sith? *confused* some fell too easily in the books, I do agree….Anakin was manipulated by having an older man basically be the father figure and mentor he needed (even though he did have Obi-Wan)

    At least General Madine could be still alive (KJA killed him off! in Darksaber) and I am glad Chewie’s alive. But there are a few EU characters I really loved and will miss (Mara Jade, Talon Karrde, Ghent)

    Comment by Elizabeth Volkmer — May 4, 2014 @ 1:08 pm

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