An article written on Badass digest by Devin Faraci, states that the Star Wars franchise is not only in the right hands, but it could once against breathe life into a series that according to him has been “dead since 1983”. He talks at length about how the Star Wars franchise is going to take a page from Marvel and extend their cannon to cartoons, comics and television. According to Faraci, all of these mediums will be used to tell the story of the universe from here on out. He explains here in a quote from his article
Marvel Studios has shown that multiple franchises can work together to tell one story, and they’ve even played with a bit of transmedia by having Agents of SHIELD peripherally involved. But Star Wars is about to blow that out of the water; there have been big meetings setting the future of the Star Wars universe, and these meetings are going to impact everything we see from Star Wars moving forward. Everything.
“We’re going to redefine longform storytelling,” a Lucasfilm employee boasted to me, and I believe it. For the first time in franchise history, the arc of the new trilogy is planned out in advance. They’re taking this story someplace, not just picking up the loose ends and figuring out where to go next with each new film. Even with the Prequels, which had a predetermined ending, Lucas was kind of making it up as he went along.
That longform vision alone is exciting. But what’s more, they’re going to weave this story through cartoons and books and comics, making every piece of side story count. Star Wars has too long been a central series of movies surrounded by absolutely disposable books, comics and games. No more. You won’t have to know that stuff to follow the main story, but if you do know that stuff you’re going to be rewarded. As a nerd I like knowing that stuff, and I like knowing it counts.
I have to say once again I am voicing my support for this new trilogy. JJ Abrams directing and Laurence Kasdan is doing re-writes on the script (keep in mind he wrote the script for the best of the Star Wars films, The Empire Strikes Back. I am on the verge of predicting that Episode VII will be a breath of fresh air for a franchise that has become stale. I strongly recommend that you read the entire article here.