There have been countless posts and articles on Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm and what it means to the Star Wars franchise. It seems that most are excited with the rumors that there will be an Episode VII of the series coming to theaters in 2015. Others are concerned that the beloved series will falter beyond Jar Jar Binks and make a mockery of what has become the epitome of geek fandom. Furthermore, there are concerns that the carefully-constructed expanded universe that has been novelized will be shattered into discontinuity, forever leaving the empire and rebellion as shards of broken glass.
I have read 10-15 books in the expanded universe, but they have primarily been novels taking place before Episode IV. This makes it a little difficult for me to comment on where I think the film series should go. I think there is a good case to be made for the suggestion of following Timothy Zahn’s famous Thrawn Trilogy, but I have one other thought:
The Thrawn trilogy takes place about five years after Return of the Jedi. Would it make sense to move further forward in time, perhaps twenty years further forward, to the time of the New Jedi Order? What this would bring is an opportunity to bring back Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, and Billy Dee Williams to serve as mentors to the younger generation of heroes and jedis.
Mind you, I haven’t actually read the novels from this era, but they feature the talents of James Luceno, Michael Stackpole, and Matthew Stover, who have proven themselves several times over in the Star Wars universe. Bringing back the stars of old will bring with it the nostalgia and roots of the original films that made Star Wars the classic it has become.