« on: January 13, 2014, 01:56 PM »
I don't think this is going to mean that Disney/Lucasfilm is going to start pulling books, comics and graphic novels off of book store shelves. That would be taking things to preposterous levels. Is it possible that the aforementioned material will go out of print? Most likely, especially with the expiration of Dark Horse's comic adaptation contract. As for the novels? That remains to be seen. For the time being, all of that material remains, and fans of the post-ROTJ expanded universe can continue to enjoy all of that literature to their heart's content. I enjoyed some of the Rogue Squadron stories. And I thought that Crimson Empire was a great story. Why? Largely because those stories focused on characters whose stories never got (and would never get) explored in the films. I felt that the EU was the perfect vehicle for them.
But the stories that included the main characters, like Luke, Leia, Han Solo et al? I found that the way those characters were written in the EU was too divergent (for my tastes) from the way those characters were developed in the films. Say what you will about the acting and dialogue of all of the movies, but they did manage to establish some interesting characters. The EU writers did not seem as though they captured the essence of the characters for me.
I think it's those stories that involve Luke, Leia & Han Solo that the Lucasfilm story group, with guys like Pablo Hidalgo and Leland Chee, are likely to take to editing. Simply because those storylines have the potential to hamstring the writing process for the new trilogy as well as the standalone films. And those guys are not some Disney new hires. They've been with Lucasfilm for a LONG time. They know the material. Leleand Chee was the guy behind LFL's in-house Holocron, which was the OFFICIAL and unpublished source of Star Wars continuity. And Pablo Hidalgo was one of the driving forces behind the Star Wars official site, which was itself once a great source of Star Wars lore in their Databank. I think they along with the other members of the Star Wars story group are going to be very judicious in their decision making. But they may also have to be very ruthless in the process. I don't think that every EU fan is going to be ecstatic about this process. But I think fans of the film universe will be the beneficiaries of some very thoughtful changes in the direction of the Star Wars universe, post-ROTJ.
I think that comparisons to both Marvel and DC comics are apt. Marvel has obliterated their own universe before in order to start anew with things like the Ultimates. And the Marvel cinematic universe seems to be something that fans have thus far accepted. And as Jeff mentioned, the Crisis mini-series did set the stage for divergences in DC's overall continuum. I suspect that this is the sort of change that we can expect for Star Wars as well.