For years, the only way to get more Star Wars was to read a book. It was called the Expanded Universe and it took you anywhere, at any time, with any character, and it was glorious. Now unlearn what you have learned. Sadly, when Disney bought out Lucasfilm in 2012, it spelled the end to all those games you played, and those comics and novels you read and enjoyed, as they have absolutely nothing to do with the new worlds being created under the Star Wars brand. So as we race towards the release of The Force Awakens, it seems that Disney’s publishing arm is racing to play catch-up, as today it’s being reported that no less than 20 new Star Wars books will be released by year’s end.

The Force Awakens is an extraordinarily, heavily guarded storyline. To track it, a lot of top-secret meetings were happening up in San Francisco as we worked through this program,” said Andrew Sugerman, executive vice president of Disney Publishing Worldwide, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

Basically, Disney will be using its various tentacles – Del Rey, DK, and Marvel Comics – to fill in the 32 year blank between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.

Amongst the new offerings will be a novel from Del Rey called Star Wars: Aftermath, which will be an epilogue of sorts to Return of the Jedi, a series of novels that will re-tell the events of the original trilogy from the point of view of side characters, and a comic book prequel to Episode VII called Star Wars: Journey to the Force Awakens, which sounds a lot like the Countdown comics from IDW that led into J.J. Abrams‘ two Star Trek movies.

“The partnership with the story group and the editorial team always had to be true to the sanctity of the film while making sure that we find these moments to introduce hints, clues, and puzzle pieces,” Sugerman said. “Without revealing what those pieces are, it will just allow readers to speculate about the new film: What could a location mean, or what could a character mean?”

Character will be a big part of the new book series as there will be a story for each of the three main characters from the original trilogy, pointing the way to where they begin in The Force AwakensMoving Target by Cecil Castellucci will be a Princess Leia adventure, The Weapon of a Jedi by Jason Fry will catch-up with Luke Skywalker, and Smuggler’s Run by Greg Rucka will be a Han Solo tale.

“It’s a way to introduce the heroes and villains of that original trilogy to a new audience that might not be as familiar as the audience that went and saw the films when they first came out,” Sugerman added.

The new book series should hit store shelves later this year. Star Wars The Force Awakens is in theaters on December 18.

Source: Coming Soon

Category: Books, Film

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