Star Wars News: Spin-Off Movies, Disneyland and Redefining the Canon


Following its recent take-over of the franchise, Disney has revealed that it is now working on defining a clear, unified canon for the Star Wars universe. Previously, the franchise had been divided into separate parts: the version accepted by George Lucas, comprising his two movie trilogies, and the version open for others to change and play around with through novels, comics and other media. This gave Lucas the freedom to ignore additions to the universe that had been made elsewhere, but Disney is now seeking to remove this hierarchy.

How exactly this will be done remains to be seen, but what we do know is that a special Story Group has been formed to make decisions about what will be included and what won’t. While Blastr predicts that the expanded universe will most likely be scrapped altogether with only the main films remaining canon, Bleeding Cool points out that if Disney did plan to entirely dispense with the expanded universe, the Story Group would be left with little work to do.

Leland Chee, a member of the Star Wars story team, has been answering questions on Twitter about the work that they are doing, Han_solothough his replies so far have all been rather enigmatic:

“Star Wars Canon is now determined by the Lucasfilm Story Group which [Pablo Hidalgo] and I are both a part of.

Story Group has a hand in all facets of Star Wars storytelling, including movies, TV, games, and publishing. More so than ever, the canon field will serve us internally simply for classification rather than setting hierarchy.

[Disposing of the hierarchy and having one cohesive canon is] definitely a primary goal of the Story Group.”

The amount of work going into this seems to suggest that even if existing elements from the extended universe don’t get used, it will at least be used as inspiration for upcoming Star Wars films. Of course, the creation of a single universe also means that all future books and comics will be considered canon. The fact that Marvel has been given exclusive publishing rights for the Star Wars comics from 2015 will no doubt make it easier for Disney to keep track of what happens outside of the films.

In other Star Wars news, two rumours which have been circulating for some time have now been confirmed. Entertainment star-wars-boba-fettWeekly reports that two anonymous sources have revealed plans for spin-off movies centring on Han Solo and Boba Fett. According to the sources, the Boba Fett film will likely be set some time between the events of A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, while the other will create a backstory for Han Solo, exploring his youth and his life before the rebellion. Though this hasn’t been confirmed elsewhere, an AMC Movie Talk interview saw film director Jon Schnepp claim that the Boba Fett movie would be written by Lawrence Kasdan, writer of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

Den of Geek details other spin-off rumours, including films about Yoda and Jabba the Hutt, as well as claims from the fan site MiceChat that Disneyland‘s Tomorrowland is being revamped to coincide with the release of Episode VII, with recreations of the Cantina and the Millennium Falcon:

“The original plan for Disneyland’s Tomorrowland relied heavily on characters and plot points from the first three Star Wars films, with attractions like a Millenium [sic] Falcon walk-thru on the old PeopleMover platform, a wild Tatooine cantina replacing Tomorrowland Terrace, and a speeder bike ride through an Ewok village where Autopia currently sits.”

So far, there’s been no official confirmation of this, but regardless, it seems Star Wars fans will have plenty to look forward to in the near future.

Sources: Blastr | Den of Geek | Bleeding Cool | Boba Fett Fan Club

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