By: Dominic Jones
Entertainment Weekly dropped a bomb this morning in the Star Wars publishing world, revealing that Lucasfilm and Disney have at least twenty new books coming that will fill the gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. The books, collectively known as "Journey to The Force Awakens," will include novels, comics, young readers books, and more.
The two biggest announcements come from Del Rey and Marvel. These books are likely still being written and/or edited so little beyond the title is known. Del Rey will be releasing a new novel set between VI and VII in their adult fiction line titled Star Wars: Aftermath. Marvel will be releasing two comic series that preview the new film, one titled Journey to The Force Awakens, and the other being told from C-3PO's perspective.
The young readers novels we've been hearing about for sometime now have authors. Via EW,
Cecil Castellucci (author of Tin Star) will write Moving Target, an adventure following Princess Leia; Jason Fry, who earlier wrote Darth Maul: Shadow Conspiracy, will be the author of The Weapon of a Jedi, about Luke Skywalker; Claudia Gray, author of the Evernight series of fantasy books, will write a book titled Lost Stars; and Greg Rucka, a comic book scribe and writer of the Atticus Kodiak novels, will pen Smuggler’s Run, a Han Solo tale.
Andrew Sugerman, executive vice president of Disney Publishing Worldwide, spoke with EW about the announcement, first talking about how this all came together, saying, "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."
He then discussed how the books all fit together,
"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. 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?”
No word yet on the release dates. We've heard before that the young readers books would be released in September, so perhaps some of the other releases will also be out around that time. However, I wouldn't be surprised if the "adult" stories are saved for a release closer to the release of the film.
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