Following today's announcement of Lucasfilm's new unified storytelling approach, Disney Publishing Worldwide is proud to announce their first step into that larger world, beginning with Del Rey Books. The publishing program will feature new adult fiction novels set in the beloved galaxy far, far away, and will be closely connected to the cinematic entertainment currently in development at Lucasfilm.
For over 35 years, the Expanded Universe has enriched the Star Wars experience for fans seeking to continue the adventure beyond what is seen on the screen. When he created Star Wars, George Lucas built a universe that sparked the imagination, and inspired others to create. He opened up that universe to be a creative space for other people to tell their own tales. This became the Expanded Universe, or EU, of comics, novels, videogames, and more.
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Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) announced today the upcoming global release of four new books based on the original Star Wars film trilogy. The classic saga will come to life like never before through adaptations by bestselling children's authors Tom Angleberger, Tony DiTerlizzi, Adam Gidwitz, and R.J. Palacio. Each of these celebrated authors will bring their contemporary, unique voice to the galaxy far, far away, bridging the multi-arc storyline in anticipation of the release of Star Wars: Episode VII in December 2015.
This afternoon, Harrison Ford participated in a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" question-and-answer session to promote his new climate change docuseries "Years of Living Dangerously." All of his answers -- on topics ranging from Blade Runner to carpentry to his love of snakes -- are worth reading, but we've collected a few of his best Star Wars-related responses below.
Star Wars has spawned a universe of incredible artwork, both licensed and fan-created. Since 2006 when R2-KT became a reality thanks to the hard work of the R2 Builders organization, the pink droid has become something of her own celebrity. The fan community has embraced a cute pink droid that carries on in the memory of her namesake — my daughter, Katie — and crusades for awareness of pediatric illnesses and fund-raising for worthy charities.
The Hollywood Reporter has been posting a lot of exclusive Star Wars Episode VII stories, and today they're following up on their report that Episode VII will include scenes on Tatooine.
As we move into the next era of Star Wars, easing from the end of The Clone Wars toward Star Wars Rebels and Episode VII, it’s an opportune time to take a look back over two decades to a landmark 1991 release that led us out of The Dark Times. Star Wars: Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn brought us into a decade that produced Star Wars Galaxy Magazine, Star Wars Insider, Shadows of the Empire, the Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition, and The Phantom Menace. It jumpstarted a publishing program that endures to this day and formalized the Expanded Universe — stories set outside of the canon established by the films and TV shows of George Lucas that make the galaxy deeper and richer.
Lucasfilm and the CBS TV series The Big Bang Theory have partnered to produce a Star Wars-themed episode that will air on May 1 (i.e. as close as possible to May 4, "Star Wars Day").
It looks like CBS won't be the only network celebrating Star Wars Day (May 4) as part of its evening programming. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Lucasfilm is also working with ABC to produce a special Star Wars episode for its series The Goldbergs that will air on May 6.
Bookstores and libraries will once again feel the power of the Force. Disney Publishing Worldwide and its publishing partners announced today the third annual Star Wars Reads Day, to be held October 11, 2014. Last year, Star Wars authors and costumed volunteers participated in over 2,000 Star Wars Reads Day events across North America and, for the first time, around the world. On October 11 of this year, Star Wars fans, authors, and artists will again come together in this multi-publisher initiative that celebrates reading and Star Wars. Participating publishing partners include Abrams, Chronicle Books, Dark Horse, Del Rey, Disney Book Group, DK, Klutz, Quirk Books, Random House Audio, Scholastic, and Workman Publishing.
Disney and Lucasfilm are excited to announce that principal photography on Star Wars: Episode VII, directed by J.J. Abrams, will commence May 2014, and will be based at London's historic Pinewood Studios. This will be the first Star Wars film to start shooting in the month of May. Lucasfilm has documented the first day of principal photography for every installment of the Star Wars saga:
Disney and Lucasfilm are excited to announce that principal photography on Star Wars: Episode VII, directed by J.J. Abrams, will commence May 2014, and will be based at London's historic Pinewood Studios. This will be the first Star Wars film to start shooting in the month of May. Lucasfilm has documented the first day of principal photography for every installment of the Star Wars saga.
On Saturday, March 8, the traveling exhibition Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination, developed by the Museum of Science Boston and Lucasfilm, Ltd., reached a significant milestone. Twenty venues and 9 years into the exhibit's's tour (and only two weeks before it will end its tour for good), an unsuspecting family of fans walked through the doors of the Tech Museum of Innovation to be regaled as the exhibition's three millionth visitor. An overjoyed Felipe Carino, who visited with his wife and son, was showered with confetti and rushed by member's of the Tech Museum and the dutifully loyal 501st legion.
Did anyone else participate in summer reading programs as a kid? Sitting down with an engaging book was enough of a reward then (and still is), but I remember feeling excited and incentivized by earning points for stickers, bookmarks, and the best prize of all — free pizza. Nothing could keep me from burning through stories when there was pizza on the line. Del Rey’s Star Wars Action Team (SWAT) has brought those feelings back with their Fancorps Community. I might not get pizza, but I can earn neat Star Wars loot and connect with fellow fans while I’m racking up points. I call that a win. SWAT was announced last summer and has been up and running for about eight months; they’ve recruited over 1,500 fans. Programs like this are one of the reasons Star Wars fandom is terrific. Sure, Del Rey gets word-of-mouth advertising from those participating, but it’s also another way to build and reinforce the community. I talked with some fans enrolled in SWAT to get their feelings about the project.
The Lost Missions, the highly anticipated final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, is now available on Netflix. Go deep into these essential new installments with StarWars.com's episode guides, featuring detailed story synopses with stunning screenshots, concept art, and trivia. Exclusive Licensing Agreement with The Disney/ABC Television Group Brings Star Wars Content to Netflix Streaming Members for the First Time The Galactic Republic, Disney/ABC Television Group, Lucasfilm, and Netflix Inc. today announced the highly anticipated debut of the sixth and final season of the Emmy(r) Award-winning series Star Wars: The Clone Wars exclusively to Netflix members in the US and Canada on Friday, March 7. Accompanying the 13-episode new season dubbed "The Lost Missions" will be the entire Star Wars: The Clone Wars saga, which includes several director's cut episodes never seen on TV as well as the feature film. This multi-year agreement also makes Netflix the exclusive subscription service for the entire Star Wars: The Clone Wars series.
It's time to return to middle school in a galaxy far, far away. Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan, the follow-up to writer/artist Jeffrey Brown's New York Times bestseller Jedi Academy, will hit stores on July 29, 2014. The cover is revealed here for the first time, featuring all the style and humor -- as well as the world's first Gamorrean Guard serving school lunch -- that made Jedi Academy a hit with fans of all ages.
The Empire's propaganda machine is in full effect. Six pieces of Star Wars Rebels "patriotic art" were sent to 2,500 people around the globe and select media outlets, promoting the noble intentions and work of the Empire. These bold, graphic-style cards, urging galactic citizens to accept and even join the Empire, reflect the political landscape of the upcoming animated series. When Supreme Chancellor Palpatine first declared himself Emperor, many people in the former Republic welcomed the change after the chaos of Clone Wars. As this campaign shows, the Empire continues to build upon that goodwill with glorified images of the stability and security that were ushered in by its might. It's easy for worlds newly welcomed into the expanding Empire to be swept up with such ideas, though those citizens who have witnessed the ruthlessness of the Empire firsthand know the real story.
Carrie Fisher hinted she’ll be returning to the "Star Wars" franchise in less than 12 parsecs, confirming the worst-kept secret in this or any other galaxy. The actress told TV Guide that she's officially signed on for director J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: Episode VII" — and will be joining fellow Rebellion veterans Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford for filming in March or April.