“Star Wars” obsessives got some acceptable account and bad account Friday aback Lucasfilm clearly appear the fate of the “Star Wars” Expanded Universe, the about interlocked alternation of books, comics, video amateur and added accessory articles that accept served to ample out the abstract cosmos George Lucas accustomed in his six aboriginal films.
First, the bad news: Admirers can balloon aggravating to analyze the approaching of “Star Wars” from the hints of the past. Lucasfilm is clearly autograph off all Expanded Cosmos backdrop that accept been produced to date.
While abounding of the books and belief will abide available, they now will be labeled with a “Legends” banner. Despite the acceptance of the Timothy Zahn-authored novels set in the years afterwards “Return of the Jedi” or the “Dark Empire” banana books, those belief will accept no address on what happens in the films, TV shows, novels, comics or video amateur that Lucasfilm creates activity forward.
Now, the acceptable news: The Expanded Cosmos isn’t absolutely gone. In fact, the aggregation has appear a “story group” aural Lucasfilm tasked with authoritative abiding all approaching “Star Wars”-related tales attach to a anxiously mapped out eyes of the cosmos — a acceptable abatement to those who accept continued been agitated by the two versions of the bells of Princess Leia and Han Solo declared in EU novels. (Both had been advised “canon”; now it’s cryptic whether Leia and Solo anytime absolutely married.)
“We accept an aberrant slate of new ‘Star Wars’ ball on the horizon,” Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said in a account on the official “Star Wars” website. “We’re set to accompany ‘Star Wars’ aback to the big screen, and abide the chance through games, books, comics and new formats that are aloof emerging. This approaching of commutual storytelling will acquiesce admirers to analyze this galaxy in added means than anytime before.”
The adventure aggregation tasked with ensuring the films, books and amateur all associate with one addition includes such longtime Lucasfilm advisers as columnist Pablo Hidalgo, Leland Chee, the babysitter of the Holocron chain database, and “Rebels” controlling ambassador Dave Filoni. Added associates accommodate Lucasfilm arch of development Kiri Hart and biographer Simon Kinberg.
Fans get their aboriginal aftertaste of “Star Wars” 2.0 this abatement with the premiere of “Star Wars Rebels,” the activated alternation advancing to Disney XD.
The aboriginal atypical of the new EU, “Star Wars: A New Dawn,” will by accounting by “Star Wars” comics biographer John Jackson Miller and will serve as a prequel to “Rebels.” It is set to be appear by Del Rey books on Sept. 2, 2014.
Other new books will accommodate “Star Wars: Tarkin” by James Luceno, about the awful Grand Moff Tarkin (played by Peter Cushing in “A New Hope”), which will be appear in November.
“Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi” by Kevin Hearne will chase in January 2015, with “Star Wars: Lords of the Sith” accession in March 2015.
– Patrick Kevin Day | @patrickkevinday
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