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Disney Acquires Lucasfilm – Future of the Extended Universe in Doubt?

For everyone not living under a rock for the past few weeks, Halloween brought some surprising news: yep, George Lucas sold off Lucasfilm and the related IP rights to Star Wars to Disney, and we’re finally gonna see the long awaited sequel trilogy, starting with Episode VII in 2015. Of course, it’s hardly a secret that the original trilogy already has sequels of sorts, an entire series of Star Wars books that picks up immediately at the conclusion of Return of the Jedi.

So are the sequel movies gonna cover the same material as the books? Nope, says the powers that be at Disney, we’ll be seeing brand new plots potentially starring Luke, Leia, and Han. It’s no secret that Lucas has in the past brought in material from the books into the movies: Coruscant, the galactic capital heavily featured in the prequel trilogy, for example, first appears in Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn trilogy of books.

But, to prevent potential lore conflicts between his prequel trilogy and the books, Lucas has in the past intentionally nixed proposed books that explore the Old Republic Era. Making three new movies, with brand new, relevant plots, set in the same time frame as multiple series of books, and not have any sort of conflict, will be much more difficult. So what does this mean for the future of the books? Important events, like Han and Leia’s wedding, can probably be easily incorporated into the movies, but with so many books doing such a thorough job keeping track of our favorite characters in the decades following the original trilogy, some of the lore will probably have to give way to clarifications and retcons.

So what’ll happen to Jacen Solo, Mara Jade Skywalker, and other fan favorite extended universe characters? Stay tuned.

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