"Who's the more foolish, the fool, or the fool who follows him?"
Those wise words from Old Ben couldn’t be any more relevant today with our blogger friends reporting something that was never said by Lucasfilm.
What am I talking about? Plenty of blogs have jumped the gun by saying that the Expanded Universe is not going to be part of the new films. To begin with, that was never said.
This is what was said by Lucasfilm:
“In order to give maximum creative freedom to the filmmakers and also preserve an element of surprise and discovery for the audience, Star Wars Episodes VII-IX will not tell the same story told in the post-Return of the Jedi Expanded Universe. 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.”
The stories will be different and of course they will be, the Zahn trilogy, which is the reason the franchise was reinvigorated in the 90’s, took place just a few years after ROTJ.
These movies take place 30 plus years after the Battle of Endor. But just because the stories will be different does not mean that all EU characters/planets/ships will be discarded and not used.
Think of it this way, look at the Marvel Universe, they have tons of different stories that have been told for decades but yet every time we see a Marvel movie on the big screen, you see familiar elements while still giving the filmmakers creative freedom to do what they want.
I don’t envy J.J. Abrams, he has a tough job ahead of himself. The Zahn Trilogy and even "Shadows of the Empire" could’ve made great movies and their stories are fantastic.
Now he has to deliver a story that is superior to anything that the Expanded Universe has come up with and that my friends is a tough job. But like Lucasfilm has said
“Creators of new Star Wars entertainment have full access to the rich content of the Expanded Universe.”
Don’t be surprised when Expanded Universe characters are revealed in the days and weeks to come.