In case you didn’t know, the Star Wars universe has different levels of canon. For example, G-canon is George Lucas canon. It primarily includes the six existing films. The Expanded Universe (EU), the books, comics, and games written within the Star Wars galaxy have a classification of Continuity Canon, or C-canon. Basically, anything that exists on film overrides any events that only happened in the EU. There are stories that take place after Return of the Jedi in the EU, and among other occurrences, Han and Leia are married with children, and Luke meets and marries Mara Jade.
Fans of the EU have been wondering whether the new Star Wars films would use material from those stories, but according to Simon Kinberg, they won’t. In an interview with IGN, the producer, who is working on Star Wars Rebels, Episode VII, and an unnamed Star Wars spin-off discussed the EU in relation to Rebels and the upcoming movies.
Kinberg said that Rebels is pulling inspiration from the EU, and that C-canon material could even be incorporated into the series. However, the movies will not go to the EU well. According to Kinberg, “I know, for the [Star Wars] movies, the canon is the canon. And the canon is the six films that exist.”
Watch the clip from the IGN interview:
All this means is that the films will be new stories. It isn’t terribly surprising that those involved with the new films would want to create their own path rather than being beholden to existing stories they didn’t write. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were some similarities though, like Han and Leia getting married.
What this quote does not mean is that Disney is ending or completely scrubbing the EU from existence. Even if they do make that decision, they can’t come into our homes and take away the books and comics on our shelves. We’ll always have them. But as of right now, there’s no reason to worry about EU content going away.
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