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Lucasfilm Addresses Role of Expanded Universe in Future of ‘Star Wars’

heirs to the empireFollowing comments made earlier this week by screenwriter Simon Kinberg, Lucasfilm today issued official confirmation that the upcoming Star Wars films won’t be telling stories from the “post-Return of the Jedi Expanded Universe,” which encompasses all of the licensed novels, comic books, games and spinoffs, such as The Clone Wars.

However, the studio states, “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.”

The full statement, which can be found on, was accompanied by the video below.

Star Wars Rebels premieres this fall on Disney Channel and Disney XD. Star Wars: Episode VII arrives Dec. 18, 2015.


  • Ninjajp

    Dont give a fuck. No room for the official story? then relegate it to an alterate universe.

  • John

    As long as they keep publishing EU stuff I’m ok with it. There is room for both.

  • Chuck777

    Reading between the lines… Anything that happened prior to the films is still canon? I suppose that makes sense given the fact that they are not going to shut SWTOR down. That also means all the comics and books set in the Dark Times or the Clone Wars are still canon.

    I’m still chuffed that all those post-RotJ comics and books I read are now non-canonical.

    The feeling I am getting is that the bulk of the background lore wont change (planets, societies, cultures, institutions, etc.). The aspects that will change are the major plot points. I suppose I can live with that. It isn’t perfect but at least they aren’t chucking everything.

    Still going to miss the Legacy Comics though. Just so good.

    I hope K’kruhk is in he new films/shows. He’s one of my favorite Jedi Masters and I would be completely bummed if he were written out.

  • Tophman

    I don’t see a problem with having the Cinematic Universe (6 movies) and the Expanded Universe (in books, comics, games, other media) separate. Some fans are so hung up on the fact that it has to be one coherent universe.

    The advantages of doing it this way is that the filmmakers can draw on the vast EU concepts and fantastic characters they’ve introduced then integrate those Star Wars fans have connected with into the CU. I see no problem with this since it’s extremely difficult to faithfully translate the EU stuff into the big screen anyway. I say leave them as they are… a source of inspiration for future EU & CU stories to come.

    Incidentally, SW:KotOR is my favorite SW era (introduced in the game, expanded in the comics). I hope they bring it to life even on the small screen.

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  • 0000

    I think they’re going to have to see it like a DC or Marvel comic; there’s multiple universes, hardly anything is retconned.

  • 0000

    I think they’re going to have to see it like a DC or Marvel comic; there’s multiple universes, hardly anything is retconned.