None Of The EU Is Canon For Future STAR WARS Films

Since Star Wars Episode VII will be taking place 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, it was clear that anything covered during that time period in the Expanded Universe (books, comics, video games, etc.) would be rendered non-canon. Fair enough. However, the EU encompasses more than just the post-ROTJ events. It’s got everything from Clone Wars adventures, tales of the Old Republic and even the formation of the Jedi Order.

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For the future films, however, the EU events are out of the official timeline, according to producer Simon Kinberg.

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.

Kinberg also spoke about the Star Wars spinoff films in development, one of which is rumored to be a Boba Fett movie. He wouldn’t confirm whether Boba Fett was in development, though he did express his admiration of the character.

I’m definitely not allowed to talk about the content of the Star Wars stuff,” Kinberg said. “I can say that I’m a ridiculously huge fan, I love Boba Fett and I love, obviously, all of the characters in that world. For me, and I know it was true for J.J, and Larry Kasdan and Kathy Kennedy and Michael Arndt, it was all about honoring the original movies, and yet wanting to take a step forward, too, and tell a new story

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Not following the EU would be understandable back when the prequel films were in production. At that point, aside from the Original Trilogy, the only EU materials were the Shadow of the Empire, the Thrawn trilogy and some other post-ROTJ books and comics. Drawing on the films is all they needed to do; but this isn’t the late 1990s anymore. The amount of stories in other media has skyrocketed, most notably the six-year Star Wars: The Clone Wars series and the upcoming Star Wars Rebels.

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The last thing we would want is for these movies to be slaves to random books, video games or comics, but it’s not necessary to toss out all of the EU at once. Unless…maybe Disney is deliberately trying to destroy the legacy of the pre-Disney Star Wars EU so that they can replace it with their own EU. Those calculating bastards!

SOURCE: IGN

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  • http://www.originalplots.com/ OriginalBryGuy

    Sad.

  • kidcardco

    That’s exactly what they want. They want to re-write the EU and make all those millions off of us again. Which is why I draw the lline at being a Star Wars/Disney fan!

  • Maverick

    Good. Finally some cohesion to the EU. One canon moving forward for Star Wars instead of multiple levels of canon that has been that past. This should have been done 30 years ago. Some fans are going to be pissed because they have come to accept so much of the EU as canon already when the reality is only the movies have been the true canon.

    • Red

      5 years from this post and the Dis-canon is an absolute clusterfuck now, because Disney hastily destroyed the established EU without accounting for the fact that MANY events in the Star Wars movies are explained THROUGH THE EU. It’s never been about just the six movies. If you knew anything about Star Wars then you’d know that several events, especially in the prequels, were built off content from the EU. To wipe away the EU without providing an explanation or retcon completely destroys many of the plot points in the established movies. But Disney doesn’t care. They only care about one thing. Good thing Star Wars was the only franchise of 2018 belonging to them that actually LOST money. Disney has admitted that they’ve been failing. Bet you feel pretty stupid now huh?