Patrick Dane writes for Bleeding Cool
At some point the internet will have had enough of Star Wars news, but not tonight. This story just refuses to die.
And so now Timothy Zahn, writer of the much-loved 'Extended Universe' trilogy of novels set after the original films, has had his say over at EW.
Zahn makes it clear that he is not at all privy to up to date details, but he said that George Lucas once shared his vision about future movies.
The original idea as I understood it - and Lucas changes his mind off and on, so it may not be what he?s thinking right now - but it was going to be three generations. You?d have the original trilogy, then go back to Luke?s father and find out what happened to him [in the prequels], and if there was another 7th, 8th, or 9th film, it would be Luke?s children. The Thrawn Trilogy really would have fit into the gapThis is obviously pretty old news as we have had a trilogy of films, one of them twice over, between now and when Zahn and Lucas had that chat, but it's worth something.
Zahn's creations have made their way into the prequel trilogy before ?*- for example, he called the seat of the Empire Coruscant - and his novels are still considered canon.
In those books, an Imperial general Thrawn cobbles together the remains of the Empire after the death of Darth Sidious to try and regain power. While this almost certainly won't have any bearing on the story of the new trilogy, it is an example of how the Empire is conceived as a beast that just won't go down.
Nothing Zahn quotes seems too out of step with earlier reports,?*but none of them - just yet - seem to be what we'd call conclusive evidence.