‘Star Wars Episode 7’ to Skip the ‘Thrawn Trilogy’ for an Original Story

A LucasFilm insider says Disney has created new material for this upcoming trilogy, and it won't be based on Timothy Zahn's popular novels.
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‘Star Wars Episode 7’ to Skip the ‘Thrawn Trilogy’ for an Original Story

Star Wars: Episode VII will feature an original story Most die-hard Star Wars fans are still trying to process the massive news from yesterday, that Star Wars: Episode VII is finally in the works after Disney purchased LucasFilm for $4 billion. And it will be released in theaters May of 2015.

The talk has now shifted to which story will be told in this first installment of the new trilogy, with many believing that Disney will pull material from the Thrawn novels written by Timothy Zahn. This series of books, which is quite popular with the fan base, has long been considered part of the Star Wars cannon, meaning George Lucas and Lucasfilm view this as what actually transpired after the original trilogy ended its run on screen.

These three books take place after the Rebel victory in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, with the Rebellion attempting to set up a functioning government while cleaning up the last of the Imperial resistance. It features all of the main Star Wars characters, including Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Chewbacca. And it introduces some new faces to the expanded Star Wars universe, including the villain Grand Admiral Thrawn, who plans to crush the New Republic with the help of a Dark Jedi. While it would make for a great theatrical event, don't get too excited, as this is not the route Disney is taking.

Here's what a LucasFilm insider briefly had to say.

"It will be an original story."

Essentially, you don't need to bone up on these books to get ready for Star Wars: Episode VII. We're still not exactly sure what this "original story" will entail, or who will direct and write the screenplays. Or even which classic character will find their way back to the big screen. We can only hope that Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill are asked to put in some face time (though given the weight of their current state of being, that might be just a tiny bit depressing. No one wants Star Wars: Episode VII - Fat jedi or Star Wars: Episode VII - Han Torino).

George Lucas has written treatments for Star Wars: Episode VII, Star Wars: Episode VIII, and Star Wars: Episode IX, but he will not produce or direct.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes to theaters December 18th, 2015.

Sources:E! Online

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  • Scott-Quarmby • 3 years ago

    Well said Vanboy. No GL anymore so Carrie Fisher won't be asked to go to the FatFarm again !!


    • vanboy • 3 years ago

      Who cares if they're fat. They are the originals. And as faras old, Alec Guiness was old, and he was awesome. These morons act like only young is good and old is bad.


      • comicbookfan • 3 years ago

        I can't see it without Jacen and Jaina. I really can't. They continue the story. Not some random sh*t. What crap.


        • basquat • 3 years ago

          That's a good idea. Focus on one film at a time, and not three. And if that one film turns out well then you can build on it.


          • RogueVadr6 • 3 years ago

            Good. I want an original story.


            • instead8909 • 3 years ago

              enough of the numbers, look at the planet of the apes film, do they have numbers?NO.

              If they want Mark back, then set it decades in the future.


              • space101 • 3 years ago

                As long as the original cast is back...But still this seems wrong...waited way too long...


                • Zak-Lee-Ferguson • 3 years ago

                  wtf is wrong with this guy- he establishes that the series is done- its nice to know that yes got the modern era into it with Clone Wars- but Disney- come on- LucasFilms is Lucasfilms- 20th Century Fox are the badasses that release these movies- wtf- i can not get over this- no Lucas- no Star Wars!


                  • Bill-Louis • 3 years ago

                    MAY THE FORCE BE WITH US!!!!!!!!!!!


                    • skywise • 3 years ago

                      As much as I would love a Thrawn series its out of the question. As the article mentions above, the actors are not young enough. Thrawn takes place right after Jedi so it wouldnt make sense to have all these old characters running around.

                      I will say this though, Thrawn is one of the greatest SW villains. He is completly Dath Vaders opposite. Where Vader ruled through fear and murder, Thrawn ruled through sheer will power and charisma. The character is way too cool to skip over complety but...it seems that is exactly what will happen.


                      • thajackal • 3 years ago

                        This is awesome news! But it needs to have Mark Hamill, and the rest of the OG cast in it... It won't work if they are not in it.


                        • bawnian-dexeus • 3 years ago

                          I'm guessing a Force Unleashed story is out of the question, since we are all throwing what we want to see on the big screen. But it's Disney, so that will never happen


                          • incmob • 3 years ago

                            @gandoff actually she lost a lot of her weight here is a link for the before and after... and.. i am pretty sure it was not done with CGI


                            that was august of 2011 not sure and have not heard if she gained it back or not though.


                            • ROFLitschristian • 3 years ago

                              I'm all for this, but putting something that can either redeem or totally lose the fan-base in 2 and 1/2 years is not screaming "victory" for me.


                              • mka47 • 3 years ago

                                sweet! I'm all for an original story, as long as its good. an all controlling villain who plans to crush the New Republic with the help of a Dark Jedi sounds a little too familiar.


                                • the-movieghost • 3 years ago

                                  @incmob@john-m I'm one of the few (maybe not) who would absolutely LOVE that. But as much as I want that to happen, part of me worries that if they took that course of action the new trilogy would render the KotOR games null and void.


                                  • gandoff • 3 years ago

                                    There is so much new contradicting information, I do not know what to believe anymore. Lucas has said for years he had episodes 7,8, and 9 planned out. Based on the rebuilding of the Republic, rebuilding of the Jedi Counsel, and the final push to finish the small empire that remained. I myself Love Timothy Zohans work. I could see some of his stories being done as stand alone movies also. But I am beginning to think we should wait for an official statement on what the movies will be. Cause since Disney bought them, Lucas has said one thing, Disney another, then "inside" sources at Lucas Films stating something else entirely as well. I know Hamil, and Ford could play their roles as older characters. But as much as I love Fisher, her overall, well; size compared to what she was as Leia, would be less desirable on film.


                                    • lazerdude • 3 years ago

                                      @rudy with the way the prequles turned out it is not surprising


                                      • rudy • 3 years ago

                                        Lucas had written treatments for sequels this whole time and didn't bother making them into movies??!!


                                        • narrator • 3 years ago

                                          This is what I'm not liking. Lucas is so damn prideful in what he's created, he's unwilling to pull from the numerous great stories from the expanded universe that have already proven themselves with the fans, opting to create an original trilogy yet again. Did he not learn from the prequels? Or does he still consider them a success, despite what long-time fans think? He really has succ*mbed to hubris.


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