21 April 2014 5:01 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Boba Fett crawls from the Sarlacc Pit; Han and Leia have twins; Luke establishes a Jedi Academy; Chewbacca dies; Mara Jade exists. These and many more are plot points we won't be seeing in Star Wars: Episode VII and beyond, according to screenwriter Simon Kinberg. We may be heading back to a galaxy far, far away, but the journey won't take in the expanded universe.This might seem obvious, but Star Wars' colossal number of tie-in novels, comics and games are much beloved of a hard core of fandom. The expansion began with Timothy Zahn's bestselling trilogy about bad guy Admiral Thrawn back in the '90s (not counting spin-offs from the original films' heyday like the Han Solo and Lando Calrissian books). The novels alone now number in the hundreds, stretching the timeline back 1000 years before the existing films and forwards for decades afterwards.Many have assumed that »


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