Stephen Hawking once famously said the universe is expanding, and when it comes to the Star Wars universe, he was certainly right.
As well the original big screen experiences, Star Wars has been adapted into countless books, video games, merchandise, television shows and pinball machines (probably). With this in mind, the Star Wars story has been spread across several mediums which do not always share the same creators, characters, environments or purpose.
Generally, the six official movies created between 1977 and 2005 are considered the concrete canon which sets the foundations for the universe, while additional mediums are considered to add to an expanded universe. With all these stories whizzing around, things can certainly get a little bit confusing, so Lucasfilm has established a special team to decide what is officially canon.
The group, known as Lucasfilm Story Group is expected to sift through the various Star Wars stories and decide who and what is official canon. Leland Chee, a member of the group, recently tweeted:
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.
Of course, all of this is incredibly timely with three new Star Wars movies announced for the coming years. It's likely that Lucasfilm wants to spring clean their post-Return of the Jedi stories in order to better facilitate the new big screen incarnations.
has always seemed incredibly generous (in fact sometimes too generous) with allowing his universe and characters to appear in extra-curricular Star Wars stories, many of which are created by fans. Although, he has always retained the right to override anything in the expanded universe that clashes with his core story. Perhaps the shift of ownership to Disney has also resulted in a stricter control of the franchise?
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