When news broke yesterday that Disney was buying Lucasfilm and would continue with a sequel trilogy (episodes 7 through 9), I wondered: What in the heck will the movies be about? There are hundreds of novels and comic book stories to pull from, or even outright adapt, but turns out that’s not what’s going to happen. E! is reporting “Episode VII” will be an original story.
So is [the Expanded Universe] the basis for Episode 7 or not? I’ve heard directly from LucasFilm and other sources close to the picture, and they say: Definitely not.
“It’s an original story,” a LucasFilm source tells me.
In other words, forget the Star Wars novels. Forget the graphic novels. Forget everything you think you know about what happens to Luke Skywalker. According to my sources, Episode 7 will literally be nothing you’ve ever seen or read before from the Star Wars universe.
Like, whoa. This is pretty significant if it’s true, because it could do a lot of damage to the established continuity of the Expanded Universe, which has all been approved by George Lucas himself. But, really, that’s not important anymore since it’s all out of Lucas’ hands now.
Perhaps “Star Wars” fans will need to look at the Expanded Universe as an “alternate” universe or timeline, much how “Star Trek” fans look at their sets of books and comics, and how Marvel and DC fans know the comics and movies are, for the most part, separate but equal.
I’m perfectly OK with the original story idea. I just hope Disney can pull it off with the right director and cast.