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All new Star Wars Expanded Universe media to be connected with new ‘story group’

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Posted on April 28, 2014 AT 04:17am

All future Star Wars Expanded Universe releases will officially be considered cannon as part of a new unification of games, films, TV, books, and more, according to Lucasfilm.

Going forward only the six Star Wars films and The Clone Wars television series will be officially considered cannon in terms of everything released before this announcement. Following the announcement Star Wars Episodes VII-IX and Star Wars Rebels, along with all future Expanded Universe releases will be connected as part of a new “story group” headed by Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy.

“While Lucasfilm always strived to keep the stories created for the EU consistent with our film and television content as well as internally consistent, Lucas always made it clear that he was not beholden to the EU,” the company explained. “He set the films he created as the canon. This includes the six Star Wars episodes, and the many hours of content he developed and produced in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. These stories are the immovable objects of Star Wars history, the characters and events to which all other tales must align.

“Now, with an exciting future filled with new cinematic installments of Star Wars, all aspects of Star Wars storytelling moving forward will be connected. Under Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy’s direction, the company for the first time ever has formed a story group to oversee and coordinate all Star Wars creative development.”

“We have an unprecedented slate of new Star Wars entertainment on the horizon,” said Kennedy. “We’re set to bring Star Wars back to the big screen, and continue the adventure through games, books, comics, and new formats that are just emerging. This future of interconnected storytelling will allow fans to explore this galaxy in deeper ways than ever before.”

However, this doesn’t mean that all previously release content will be completely dismissed. “Demand for past tales of the Expanded Universe will keep them in print, presented under the new Legends banner,” the company added.

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