From now on, what happens in Expanded Universe stays in Expanded Universe.
Lucasfilm broke the news that it’s writing off the countless books, comics, games, and TV shows that make up the Expanded Universe, which has stitched together an intricate Star Wars universe beyond the six films. It’s what Star Wars junkies have turned to to get their fix, dating as far back as 1977 with the release of A New Hope. Anything that isn’t backed by the man at Lucasfilm/Disney, and isn’t a cinema release or the Clone Wars TV show, is now considered “non-canon.”
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Star Wars loyalists can no longer anticipate which Expanded Universe characters and stories will be integrated into the upcoming films, as they had done in the past. If it isn’t written or created by Lucasfilm, it ceases to exist. Talk about a major mind fuck for fans that have spent the last 30 years living in a fantasy world that is now no longer a legitimate fantasy world. Non-canon Star Wars history will now be considered “legends.”
“We have an unprecedented slate of new ‘Star Wars’ entertainment on the horizon,” Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said. “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.”
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Lucasfilm isn’t exactly erasing history; it just plans to rewrite it. A “story group” has been tasked with mapping out the original Expanded Universe and will be loosely woven into future releases.
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