Showing posts with label expanded universe. Show all posts
Showing posts with label expanded universe. Show all posts

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Lucasfilm reboots the Star Wars Expanded Universe

I remember the moment I walked into WHSmith and picked up a copy of Timothy Zahn's Heir to the Empire!

Zahn's book reignited the Star Wars franchise, which lead to Dark Horse Comics' lauded Dark Empire graphic novel, new action figures and my all-time favourite FPS: Dark Forces. Good times!

Under Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy's direction, the company for the first time ever has formed a story group to oversee and coordinate all Star Wars creative development. Some might argue it's an elegant way to maximise monetization of the brand.

"We have an unprecedented slate of new Star Wars entertainment on the horizon," 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."

To preserve the element of surprise, the new Star Wars trilogy will not tell the same story told in the post-Return of the Jedi Expanded Universe. Fair enough.

Later this year fans will get a taste of the rebooted universe in Star Wars Rebels when the new series exclusively premieres on Disney Channel. Followed by all-new comics from Marvel in 2015.

Hate this? Love this? What's your thoughts?

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Lucasfilm Story Group to streamline Star Wars canon

All Star Wars spinoffs will be centrally curated by the Lucasfilm Story Group run by Pablo Hidalgo and Leland Chee. This encompasses the Expanded Universe including books and comics not directly created by George Lucas.

Chee was hired by Lucas Publishing in 2000 to create The Holocron, the authoritative licensing and continuity database for all Star Wars products.

Does this mean Mara Jade and Grand Admiral Thrawn appearing in Star Wars movies? Who knows. But from now on it's not such a stretch...

Better make room for an even bigger toy collection.