'Star Wars' Publishing Line to Offer Hints About J.J. Abrams' Big Screen Relaunch

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The program will include young adult novels and comic books revealing what happened after 'Return of the Jedi.'

Fans wondering what happens between 1983's Return of the Jedi and this December's Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be able to find answers in many places in the run-up to the latter movie's release, with reportedly "at least" 20 new books scheduled to be released this fall filling in that particular narrative gap in a galaxy far, far away.

Entertainment Weekly reports that Disney Publishing Worldwide and Lucasfilm Press has confirmed that a new publishing initiative titled Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens will feature releases from a number of publishers focusing on revealing the backstory to J.J. Abrams' relaunch of the space opera franchise.

Titles mentioned to EW as part of the Journey line include Star Wars: Aftermath from DelRey, and Star Wars: Journey to the Force Awakens from Marvel, with the latter being one of two prequels to the movie planned from the comic publisher; the other will focus on C-3PO. Other publishers planning to release material in the line include Dorling Kindersley and Studio Fun International.

Also in the works are a number of young adult titles from Disney-Lucasfilm Press intended to introduce characters from the original trilogy of movies to an audience too young to have grown up with them. Those titles include Cecil Castellucci's Moving Target, about Princess Leia, and Greg Rucka's Smuggler's Run, centering around Han Solo.

Each of the new books have been created in conjunction with Lucasfilm's core Star Wars brain trust, in keeping with the company's new approach to canon for the series.

"A lot of top-secret meetings were happening up in San Francisco as we worked through this program," Disney Publishing Worldwide executive vp Andrew Sugerman told EW. "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."

The Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens line launches this fall, ahead of the Dec. 18 release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in theaters.

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