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STAR WARS Sequels Rumored to “Redefine Longform Storytelling”; Books, Comics, and Cartoons Will All Be Integrated

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 9:47 am by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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Some very exciting news for fans of the Star Wars universe.  Even though Disney recently broke my heart and scrapped my beloved expanded universe, they seem dedicated to creating a new one.  And in a unique way that would reward those loyal to the franchise while attempting to make these tie-ins a rewarding part of the Star Wars experience.

According to Badass Digest, a Lucasfilm employee says they’re “going to redefine longform storytelling.”  In addition to the new trilogy being planned from start to finish rather than having one filmmaker try to piece together a sequel based on the previous movie, all the tie-in material will help flesh out the world and legitimately be part of the world as opposed to five novels following a random protagonist within the story framing.

“It’s all going to matter,” reports Badass, and while people won’t have to read the book and comics or watch the animated series, star-wars-episode-7-mark-hamillthey will be rewarded for doing so.  We’ve already heard one rumor regarding a possible relationship between Rebels and Episode VII.  Trying to bundle everything together though expanded media could be daunting, infuriating, and exciting depending on how you look at it.  Let’s go with “exciting”.  Exciting is fun.

Badass also stresses that the people at Lucasfilm actually care, and while it’s a smart way to expand the IP and therefore make more money, there is a devotion to creating something that’s worthwhile storytelling even if it’s going to actively move away from fan-service.  That’s a tricky balance—respecting what made fans fall in love with the story while also breaking it apart to potentially make it better.

It’s an increasingly competitive marketplace for franchises, and while Star Wars: Episode VII is guaranteed to make a ridiculous amount of money not only from ticket sales and merchandise, it could also be the start of something amazing.

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