New Star Wars films won’t draw on expanded universe

“The canon is the canon”

Simon Kinberg is currently working on a script for one of the forthcoming Star Wars spin-offs, but according to the screenwriter, the main series of films will not draw upon the expanded universe.

“You know, it’s not off-limits, and it’s certainly inspiring,” says Kinberg of the expanded universe material. “I’m working on an animated show for [Lucasfilm] as well, Star Wars: Rebels, that will take inspiration from everywhere.”

“But…” he continues, “I know for the movies, the canon is the canon, and the canon is the six films that exist.”

Which isn’t to say that Lucasfilm isn’t keen to develop the expanded universe further, and indeed, Kinberg’s spin-off will do just that… it just won’t feed directly into the main series.

Directed by J.J. Abrams and starring Adam Driver, Star Wars: Episode VIIwill open in the UK on 18 December 2015.

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    • Ali1748

      Apr 22nd 2014, 17:49

      How boring. From what I hear the novels from the expanded universe are actually really good, a lot of people rave about the Heir To The Empire trilogy.

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    • chibik

      Apr 23rd 2014, 10:41

      I wouldn't expect them to base the new films on Heir to the Empire, but acknowledging those events (or simply not contradicting them) wouldn't put a severe limit on their creativity, especially considering the time jump they're making.

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    • simonfoston

      May 3rd 2014, 14:10

      I never expected future Star Wars films to draw on the spin-off merchandise in any significant way. Therefore I never paid the books or comics much attention and don't care at all if nothing from them gets into the new films. The bottom line is that they can't tell people who have just paid to see a film that they need to pay out more for a bunch of books and comics in order to fully appreciate what it is they're watching. Stories that start in films have to stay in films.

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