Now that Disney has bought Lucasfilm and announced they will start making Star Wars movies again, speculation is rampant as to what the stories will be about.
According to E! News, whatever the plot of Episode seven, George Lucas won't have a heavy hand in the day-to-day creation of it. He's apparently written the treatments for the films, but he won't produce or direct, which should make lots of Star Wars geeks mighty happy, after what happened in Episodes 1-3.
Two decades ago, the Star Wars saga moved on in books that fans know as the Thrawn Trilogy, written by Timothy Zahn. Han Solo and Leia Organa got married and had twins, Luke Skywalker tried resurrecting the Jedi Order and the evil ImperialGrand Admiral Thrawn was doing his best to restore the Empire.
"Of all the speculation out there about the content of this new trilogy, that's the single most concrete idea," says Eric Geller of the fan site TheForce.net. "It's almost inevitable that the story will take place in the same time frame as those books."
So is that where the new films are headed? Nope, according to E! News.
Sources close to Lucasfilm say that's not happening (kind of like the geeks thought maybe the book "Splinter of the Mind's Eye" would be the basis of one of the sequels to the original movie, which is was not).
"It's an original story," a LucasFilm source said.
OK, but can we all at least agree
So, forget the Star Wars novels. Forget the graphic novels. Forget everything you think you know about what happens to Luke Skywalker. According to E! News' sources, Episode Seven will literally be nothing you've ever seen or read before from the Star Wars universe.
And no director has been attached to the project yet.