Producer On “Star Wars 7” & Expanded Universe

Appearing at WonderCon to tout both “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” writer and producer Simon Kinberg also briefly spoke about another project of his – “Star Wars: Episode VII”.

Kinberg was asked by IGN if either the new trilogy or the spinoff movies would use material from the “Expanded Universe” (namely the non-canon, post-Jedi set novels, games, etc.). Kinberg says that material has inspired them, but hasn’t necessarily impacted the film’s making:

“For me – and I know this was true for J.J. [Abrams] and Larry Kasdan, obviously, and Kathy Kennedy, and Michael Arndt, it was all about honoring the original movies and yet wanting to take a step forward, too, and tell a new story.

[The Expanded Universe] is not off limits. It’s certainly inspiring, and I’m working on a new animated show for them as well – Star Wars: Rebels – that will take inspiration from everywhere. I know for the movies, the canon is the canon and the canon is the six films that exist.”