A group of dedicated Star Wars fans is campaigning for Disney to reinstate and continue the Expanded Universe.
With the arrival of Star Wars in 1977 came a flood of merchandising. Amongst the toys, cereals and bed spreads were the comics and a few novels detailing the history of some of the characters before the events of the film.
Then in 1991, the book Heir to the Empire was published starting off a new series of adventures for Luke, Han, Leia and the rest of the gang. The ball was rolling and in the years to come there would be numerous new books, comics, and games telling the tales of adventures in a galaxy far, far away.
This story content that existed outside of the films of the Star Wars saga was known as The Expanded Universe. It wasn’t the official story of events as authorized by George Lucas but the fans loved it.
Then in 2012, Disney purchased Lucasfilm and announced two years later that the only true history of the Star Wars universe was the saga of films, The Clone Wars, and Rebels animated series. Also included were any forthcoming books and comics to be published by themselves. Any previous content was now rebranded as Star Wars Legends.
Disney had effectively swept the Expanded Universe under the rug. They acknowledge it exists but it does not connect with anything that they are creating.
They would like Disney to continue the Expanded Universe alongside the Star Wars galaxy they are forging for themselves with films such as The Force Awakens and Rogue One.
The GiveUsLegends community even crowdsourced for funds to run a huge billboard ad in San Francisco, which was successful and is currently on display. (April 2016)
The sign reads: “Dear Lucasfilm, please continue the original Expanded Universe, the epic story that existed from 1976-2014. Thank you.”
Personally, I don’t think they have a chance. For a start, it’s been two years guys! Why are you complaining now? Secondly, I can’t see Disney ever continuing with the Expanded Universe. Running two Star Wars timelines in parallel would confuse the general public, even if it is just limited to comics and novels.
Raising funds to launch a billboard is certainly impressive and dedicated, I just feel its lost cause.
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