A lot of Star Wars fans like to complain about irrelevant things (or topics that fans don’t know too much about). One of them is about the “death of the EU (Expanded Universe) / Legends.” I’m going to dive into the specifics of: Who’s at fault, what the future holds, and why now?
Let it be known that I am a college sophomore studying business. Most of the article will be mostly common sense.
Who “destroyed the EU?” Well for one………it’s not destroyed. If LFL (Lucas Film ltd) and/or Disney were to completely get rid of the EU, they would have also destroyed every bit of evidence of the hundreds of stories. Yet, if you walk into your nearest Books-A-Million store, you will find many EU books still on sale at regular price, and they don’t have the “Legends” banner.
A lot of fans point the finger at Star Wars’s new mother company, the synergy Disney Corporation. Let’s break this down. A corporation is a company that is owned by Disney stock holders. Most of what Disney goes by is according to the wishes of the CEOs and the Board of Directors. With this in mind (and the fact that Disney Corporation owns many things (i.e. ESPN channels, Disney Channels, ABC, and many more)), it is kind of impossible to say that stock holders made the EU non canon.
Does that mean that Disney didn’t take part in LFL’s decision? I’m not saying that either. I believe that LF played a major roll in the decision to make the EU part of another universe. I also believe that Disney is part responsible for marketing reasons.
Overall, the era between Episodes III and IV are not touched by the various Sci Fi writers. One of the major works would have to be The Force Unleashed trilogy. I believe Disney encouraged the Lucasfilm Story Group (the organization hired to keep the canon Star Wars story clean) to set clear that the EU is not (and never was) canon. Disney had to get the point across to erase confusion for their new show Star Wars Rebels and Sequel Trilogy (Episodes VII-IX and spin-offs).
We must take into account that there are hundreds of EU books taking place after Episode VI. It has been mentioned by many podcasters that it would make no sense to have Episode VII be placed around, or directly in, the books. No one is going to read 150 novels and comics just so they can understand the themes of the new trilogy. That’s bad marketing. Disney is the master of marketing. Disney Corp. wants to appeal to all ages and all fan types- from the “Star Wars is life” fans to the “Oh ya, I’ve watched an episode here or there. Obi-Wan is Vader’s father, right?”
Many movies (i.e. Hunger Games, Marvel movies, Maze Runner, etc) start out from books and enrage many of the respected fans. The anticipated movie is usually, unfortunately, not as good as the books. Let’s face it, it’s pretty hard to interpret a 400 page novel EXACTLY into a feature film.
Star Wars fans would be elated to get an EU-related movie based on books, but that emotion would quickly be turned to anger because of the lack of EU detail. It’d be better if Disney / LFL began a Trilogy from a clean slate.
After having all this processed, who’s truly at fault? LucasFilm, Disney, stock holders, a combination of the three or someone else entirely?