Disney to 'throw out' events of Star Wars Expanded Universe for new trilogy

Robert Hutchins

By Robert Hutchins

April 28th 2014 at 10:34AM
Disney to 'throw out' events of Star Wars Expanded Universe for new trilogy

The studio will not be adapting stories from books, comics or video games that followed Return of the Jedi.

Disney has revealed it will not be adapting the events of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, as the studio works on a new trilogy of Star Wars movies.

The Expanded Universe refers to most of the extra material, such as books, comics and video games that explain what happens after Return of the Jedi, the third movie in the original trilogy.

For some time, speculation has been rife as to whether Disney will use the material in the development of its own Star Wars trilogy, since its acquisition of Lucasfilm.

The new trilogy will be the official sequels to Return of the Jedi, and in order to keep to the storyline fresh, the studio has decided to cast aside the events of the Expanded Universe and start over, states Business Insider.

Lucasfilm and Disney will now have  group of people tasked with ensuring that all future Star Wars cartoons, books, comics and video games fall within the official storyline.

The Expanded Universe material that has been published will now be rebranded under the Star Wars Legends banner.

However, Lucasfilm has stated that some of the characters and organisations from the additional material might make it into future movies and books.

An announcement explained that “Lucas has always made it clear that he was not beholden to the Expanded Universe.”

Disney’s Episode VII will premiere on December 18th, 2015.