Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy has confirmed the role of the Expanded Universe in their new Star Wars saga, saying that although Star Wars: Episode VII will be an original composition, creators will continue to draw from the universe.
“In order to give maximum creative freedom to the filmmakers and also preserve an element of surprise and discovery for the audience, Star Wars: Episodes VII-IX will not tell the same story told in the post-Return Of The Jedi Expanded Universe.
“While the universe that readers knew is changing, it is not being discarded. Creators of new Star Wars entertainment have full access to the rich content of the Expanded Universe.
“For example, elements of the EU are included in Star Wars: Rebels. The Inquisitor, the Imperial Security Bureau, and Sienar Fleet Systems are story elements in the new animated series, and all these ideas find their origins in roleplaying game material published in the 1980s.
“Demand for past tales of the Expanded Universe will keep them in print, presented under the new Legends banner. On the screen, the first new canon to appear will be Star Wars: Rebels. In print, the first new books to come from this creative collaboration include novels from Del Rey Books.
“First to be announced, John Jackson Miller is writing a novel that precedes the events of Star Wars: Rebels and offers insight into a key character’s backstory, with input directly from executive producers Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg, and Greg Weisman. And this is just the beginning of a creatively aligned program of Star Wars storytelling created by the collaboration of incredibly talented people united by their love of that galaxy far, far away…”