For the longest time, there’s been a difference between the Star Wars movies and everything else. Average movie watchers may have never noticed (or cared), but Star Wars fans are rabid about this stuff. The movies (and Clone Wars tv show) are considered ‘canon’, or apart of the official Star Wars time/storyline. Lucas let other people play around in his universe via the games, books, and everything else, but they weren’t considered “official”.
It’s the source of some division amongst fans (which I’ve always felt was incredibly stupid) where some people are Star Wars canon purists, and others are fans of the expanded universe (EU). I’m non-discriminatory in my love for all things Star Wars, and I eagerly read everything the EU has to offer, and play the games as they release. So this recent development has me both excited and nervous all at the same time.
Since I started reading the books I’ve been hoping that one day it would all be apart of the official Star Wars canon. Some stuff (planets and characters) created by various authors have made it into the movies but on the whole it’s something that’s remained separate. It’s a shame because some of the comic and book storylines are among the most compelling I’ve read.
When Disney bought Lucasfilm and announced a slew of new movies (including spin-offs) some fans, myself included, hope this would be a new chance for us to see more influence from the books and comics into the films. Well, that may be partially true, as it looks as though Lucasfilm wants to bring everything under one universal canon. The problem however, might be that this means that some, if not all, of the previous EU may be scrapped.
Leland Chee is Lucasfilm’s “Keeper of the Holocron”, in which his entire job is keeping up with the continuity between the comics, games, books and even TV shows. On his Twitter he announced that Lucasfilm has created a Story Group who’s purpose is to create one singular canon between all Star Wars media. You can read all about it on his feed but I’ve compiled them all here:
Star Wars Canon is now determined by the Lucasfilm Story Group which [Pablo Hidalgo] and I are both a part of.
Story Group has a hand in all facets of Star Wars storytelling, including movies, TV, games, and publishing. More so than ever, the canon field will serve us internally simply for classification rather than setting hierarchy.
[Disposing of the hierarchy and having one cohesive canon is] definitely a primary goal of the Story Group.
The exciting thing here is that going forward, everything will be apart of the same universe. No longer will there be any division between fans over what’s canon and what’s merely EU. It makes sense for Lucasfilm to do it this way and lines up with how Disney has been handling things (like Marvel’s shared universe). With Marvel taking back over the Star Wars comics in 2015, it also makes it easier to keep everything in order.
The problem now, is how are they going to incorporate what’s been done before? Getting rid of the ‘hierarchy’ could mean they’re scrapping it, but if that were the case, the Story Group’s job wouldn’t be that difficult. I’m guessing this means they’re looking at everything and deciding what to keep, and what to toss out.
While we’ll still have to wait a while (presumably) to find all of this out, I’m excited to hear that everyone will be on the same page now. I just hope that some of my favorite storylines survive the cut and remain a part of the Star Wars universe. What do you guys think about this? Any stories you hope to see make it or hope disappear?