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So "moving forward" the Story Group will try to make everything canon, and on the same level of canon, thus equality between all video games, books, comics, television shows and films.

Does this mean we can expect a lot less Star Wars stories? If everything has to fit together, I would imagine they won't want to do a whole lot, especially since the films and tv shows will be getting priority.
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^^ I think there probably will be fewer Star Wars stories in the coming years. Marvel will put out Star Wars comics, but probably not many at once (if I had to make a prediction, I'd say they'd have one ongoing, an Episode VII prelude, an Episode VII adaptation, and some miniseries on occasion). We've seen numerous novel cancellations recently, and none announced. I think the only pending novels left are Maul: Lockdown and Honor Among Thieves.

We'll see tie-ins to Rebels. We'll probably also see novelizations of the new movies.

But that's not much material.
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Darth Skuldren wrote:
So "moving forward" the Story Group will try to make everything canon, and on the same level of canon, thus equality between all video games, books, comics, television shows and films.

Does this mean we can expect a lot less Star Wars stories? If everything has to fit together, I would imagine they won't want to do a whole lot, especially since the films and tv shows will be getting priority.


Less material wouldn't surprise me. The major issue, though, would be the already existing material. Are they going to incorporate some of it or none of it?

Not ceratin, Taral, but Kevin Hearne's Luke book seems to still be going forward.


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Yeah, Kevin was still working on that book as of a month or so ago.
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Darth Skuldren wrote:
So "moving forward" the Story Group will try to make everything canon, and on the same level of canon, thus equality between all video games, books, comics, television shows and films.

Does this mean we can expect a lot less Star Wars stories? If everything has to fit together, I would imagine they won't want to do a whole lot, especially since the films and tv shows will be getting priority.

Thank the Force. No more of this "levels of canon" crap. I would love if they could somehow reconcile all or much of the existing canon with the post-Episode VII canon, but that might be too much to hope for. I've gotta say, as much as I disliked the idea of Disney owning Star Wars initially, this decision alone shows more professionalism than Lucas ever had.
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Darth Skuldren wrote:
So "moving forward" the Story Group will try to make everything canon, and on the same level of canon, thus equality between all video games, books, comics, television shows and films.

Does this mean we can expect a lot less Star Wars stories? If everything has to fit together, I would imagine they won't want to do a whole lot, especially since the films and tv shows will be getting priority.

Sounds like a lot to hope for IMO.

The system we had was already the best blend of corporate money-grubbing and artistic integrity we could reasonably hope for. Nothing I've heard of Disney makes me think they will be better than LucasFilm about this. Continuity costs money, and more importantly, causes publishing delays that are very likely unacceptable. Why would future installments incur those costs in order to stay consistent with what came before? Maybe for a while, but ten years from now, are we really supposed to expect some comic book to conform completely to one of the Ep. 7 tie-ins? Hah!

I also laugh at Leland's one canon assertion. As if one of the movies will bend over backwards to accommodate some comic book, novel or game, any more than they have in the past. The money is simply too big for that to realistically happen.

This is nothing but lip service, advertising the system we were supposed to have already as something new and revolutionary. There is no reason to think it will be any different in practice.
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Darth Skuldren wrote:
So "moving forward" the Story Group will try to make everything canon, and on the same level of canon, thus equality between all video games, books, comics, television shows and films.



It will never happen. At least not unless Disney produces everything in house. With the number of companies involved it will be next to impossible for that to happen. They can try, but I don't have high hopes. Even with only one company involved it's hard to accomplish with that many mediums.


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If you're talking one movie a year, one book a year, and one comic a month, it's doable.
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Darth Skuldren wrote:
If you're talking one movie a year, one book a year, and one comic a month, it's doable.


Especially given that some of the comics, at least one novel, and potentially one video game (if any) will tie directly into the movie. So really, one novel (plus one tie-in novel), twelve comics (4-6 of which are tie-ins), and one video game isn't too bad.
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Of course, maybe their plan is to only do tie-in stuff. No expanded universe whatsoever.
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I've encountered something of a snag, canon-wise.

As I mentioned a while back, I am off the EU. Which I thought would be easy enough: Just follow the Lucasverse instead. The new movies are based on his work, so even they should fit in pretty easily. But Rebels is problematic. I haven't heard of it being based on GL's work, and indeed some of the news coming in suggests the writers want to accommodate the EU as much as possible, which would not happen in a Lucas production.

Given this apparent licensed fanfic nature of the work, if I were to take Rebels seriously, would that not also require me to buy into the new EU too? Per my arguments for dropping this EU, that would obviously be problematic, for lip service aside, I have no more reason to expect the new to be adhered to any more than the old was. But if I reject the new, I'd logically have to reject Rebels as well.

Now, of course, the obvious tie-breaker is to look at how high-profile the work is. Rebels will be pretty high-profile, and thus pretty safe for as long as it runs. But enough so to constrain Ep. 9 or any spin-offs following it, several years down the line? I'm not so sure.

I just don't know whether to take Rebels seriously or not in my headcanon. And I'm a notorious minimalist when it comes to these things, so just assuming Rebels is kosher for the time being and amend myself as needed doesn't sound like an appealing idea at all.
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