‘Star Wars’ Could Change Everything We Know About Longform Storytelling

By August 22, 2014

I’ve seen a few sites go nuts about a piece at Badass Digest that quotes a Lucasfilm employee as saying, “We’re going to redefine longform storytelling.” It’s a good read, and there are a couple of good insights in it, but this isn’t new information: back in April, Lucasfilm released a statement that said all of their future Star Wars media would be connected.

The main thing that everyone gravitated toward in the announcement was about the Extended Universe and how it would be changed moving forward since the company wasn’t going to force its storytellers to conform their future movies, books, comics, and content to work that had already been created. The six films and “The Clone Wars” are the only thing considered canon, and that meant that everything else – in the blink of an eye – was essentially turned into nothing more than fan fiction.

But the most important element of the April announcement was that the company had formed a story group to “oversee and coordinate all Star Wars creative development.” Here’s what Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy had to say about it:

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

That sounds a lot like “redefining longform storytelling,” so I’m not sure why so many sites are considering that quote from a Lucasfilm employee so groundbreaking. In fact, they even released a video that explicitly talked about this. I have it queued up to the proper place below:

So again, not much new info here, but in case you missed all this the first time around, it’s very cool to think about the folks at Lucasfilm dedicating the time, resources, and personnel to making sure all of the story elements fit together across all of their upcoming media. And make no mistake: from theme parks to TV series, to comics and books and the big screen adventures, we are going to be completely inundated with a LOT of Star Wars stuff over the next decade or so, so prepare yourselves. We’ll be bringing you the highlights every step of the way.

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