Trikeboy wrote:Sorry to burst your bubbles but the expanded universe stories are not official canon for the Star Wars saga. The Clone Wars show has already retconned a few things I believe. Only the movies and TV shows are official. George Lucas gave all his story notes to Kathleen Kennedy.
Simple facts for those still complaining. 1. George Lucas doesn't want to do more but he is open to others making them. 2. George Lucas is tired of the so called "fans" who do nothing but bitch and moan all the time. 3. Without the sale to Disney, there would be no more movies. 4. Disney do a great job working with studios. Just look at Pixar, ABC, Marvel and ESPN. 5. He has given Kathleen Kennedy all his notes and possible plot lines that he came up with when it was 12 movies. 6. Heir to the Empire will be a 24 year old story in 2015 and most Star Wars fans have already read it. Why not have something new?
This is a good move by George Lucas. It puts the studio in a great place to make more movies and no longer be influenced by the brown nosing "Yes Men" that George surrounded himself with.
It is well documented over the years that the Expanded Universe isn't canon with the movies. George Lucas himself has stated that real Star Wars is only the movies. Everything else is licensed but he would never have bound himself to what other authors have done. If he wanted Chewbacca to be alive, he would have Chewbacca alive. Have you ever heard of the Holocron? It is something that exists at Lucasfilm that keeps track of all the continuities. One of these continuities is called G-canon. Which is the main canon of the Star Wars universe. The only things in this continuity are the movies, radio plays of the movies, novelisations of the movies and anything that George Lucas has stated as fact for his universe. The expanded universe, according to Lucas, is almost like a parallel universe.
From Total Film in May 2008
Lucas: The Star Wars story is really the tragedy of Darth Vader. That is the story. Once Vader dies, he doesn't come back to life, the Emperor doesn't get cloned and Luke doesn't get married..."
Starlog magazine August 2005
STARLOG: "The Star Wars Universe is so large and diverse. Do you ever find yourself confused by the subsidiary material that's in the novels, comics, and other offshoots?"
LUCAS: "I don't read that stuff. I haven't read any of the novels. I don't know anything about that world. That's a different world than my world. But I do try to keep it consistent. The way I do it now is they have a Star Wars Encyclopedia. So if I come up with a name or something else, I look it up and see if it has already been used. When I said [other people] could make their own Star Wars stories, we decided that, like Star Trek, we would have two universes: My universe and then this other one. They try to make their universe as consistent with mine as possible, but obviously they get enthusiastic and want to go off in other directions."
Authors have to get permission to do things in the Star Wars universe. One of the biggest was the aforementioned death of Chewbacca. George Lucas himself had to gave the ok to do that.
Essentially there are two Star Wars franchise. Those that follow the story that George Lucas created and those that other people write on.
BTW, I'm not a strong follower of the EU. I am not a subscriber to the whole Chewbacca life debt thing since the only references to this are in the expanded universe. The first references were in the Han Solo Adventures books.