After Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm and the reorganization of the Star Wars expanded universe canon, it looks like the organization will be working hard over the next several months in order to make sure that the gap between 1983’s Return of the Jedi and this December’s The Force Awakens isn’t an ambiguous period in the history of the galaxy far, far away.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Disney will be releasing at least 20 new books — from novels for kids and adults to storybooks and stickerbooks — in order to fill in the sizable gap between the conclusion of the original Star Wars trilogy and the beginning of the new one. Both Disney Worldwide Publishing and Lucasfilm Press confirmed that if you want to find out what happened to the likes of Luke, Han, and Leia, then the new offerings will be filled with “Easter eggs” and “allusions” that will give insight into the new status quo of the Star Wars universe as we await the arrival of The Force Awakens.
Like the currently running animated series Star Wars Rebels, these books will be considered the official canon of the Star Wars universe under the watch of Disney, who announced last April that the existing expanded universe had absolutely no bearing on the future of the franchise. Since a great deal of Star Wars expanded work focused on the aftermath of the original trilogy, it’s best to just consider those stories “imaginary,” and see how the new fiction will provide insight into the events of the new film.
This was apparently a massive undertaking, as the brain trust responsible for the future direction of the franchise had to stay in constant communication with the creators involved in the new novels, by making sure that all of the events and history aligns with the official canonical record at Lucasfilm and Disney. That’s no easy task, especially considering the ravenous appetite that many big Star Wars fans have for new stories, print or otherwise.
Some details on upcoming releases were also given. Writer Cecil Castellucci will pen Moving Target, “an adventure following Princess Leia.” Jason Fry, writer of the previous Star Wars book Darth Maul: Shadow Conspiracy, will write The Weapon of a Jedi, focusing on Luke Skywalker. Fantasy author Claudia Gray will write Lost Stars. Greg Rucka, a critically acclaimed novelist and comic book writer, will write a Han Solo-centric story entitled Smuggler’s Run.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will hit theaters on December 18th, with many of the books slated to arrive in the intervening months between then and now. For more on this as it develops, keep an eye on GeekNation!
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