Last year, when the New Star Wars films were going into production, with the story picking up 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, there was a lot of talk about The Expanded Universe, the collection of books, comics, and other media that had come out, going all the way back to Timothy Zane’s Heir to an Empire trilogy of novels. To no one surprise, but to many fans anger, Disney and Lucasfilm announced they would not be following those stories, and they would no longer be considered canon in the Star Wars Universe. So that means, no Mara Jade, no Jania and Jacen Solo…
So then what happened between Return of the Jedi and the Force Awakens?
Now Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Lucasfilm has been developing a slate of novels, and other books for all ages to fill in the 32 year gap between the original trilogy, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. At least 20 different books will be coming out, from Disney Worldwide Publishing and Lucasfilm Press, among other publishers. The yet untitled releases will be chock full of foreshadowing for the new movie.
“The partnership with the story group and the editorial team always had to be true to the sanctity of the film while making sure that we find these moments to introduce hints, clues, and puzzle pieces,” Sugerman says in the story in EW. “Without revealing what those pieces are, it will just allow readers to speculate about the new film: What could a location mean, or what could a character mean?”
While there is no list of every book on the way yet, here is a partial checklist
A few titles we can confirm are Del Rey’s
- Star Wars: Aftermath, from Del Rey – “which sounds like it may serve as an epilogue to the original trilogy—and perhaps a prologue to the new one”.
- Star Wars: Journey to the Force Awakens, Marvel Comics a prequel to the upcoming movie, as well as another preview story told from C-3PO’s perspective.
- A series of novels retelling the events of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi from the perspective of various supporting characters.
- Disney-Lucasfilm Press will release novels that focus on characters from the original trilogy. “The aim is for YA readers, providing a deep dive to readers who were decades from being born when Han, Luke, and Leia first hit the screen. “It’s a way to introduce the heroes and villains of that original trilogy to a new audience that might not be as familiar as the audience that went and saw the films when they first came out,” Sugarman said.
- Moving Target, by Cecil Castellucci (author of Tin Star) – an adventure following Princess Leia;
- The Weapon of a Jedi, by Jason Fry, who earlier wrote Darth Maul: Shadow Conspiracy, will be the author of about Luke Skywalker;
- Lost Stars, by Claudia Gray, author of the Evernight series of fantasy books,
- Smuggler’s Run, by Greg Rucka, a Han Solo tale from the comic book writer
- For vehicle enthusiasts, Studio Fun International will print Star Wars: Ships of the Galaxy.
Source: Entertainment Weekly