Disney to release 20+ new books to fill the Star Wars gap before The Force Awakens

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Mar 10, 2015, 6:16 PM EDT

Aside from some animated shows (and with the Expanded Universe tossed), it's been a long time since we had any new Star Wars stuff. Disney is apparently looking to rectify that problem while we wait for The Force Awakens to arrive this December.

Entertainment Weekly reports Disney is planning to release at least 20 new Star Wars books between now and the opening of The Force Awakens in December. All the materials will fall into the newly established canon, and will range from novels for young adults and teens to picture books and sticker books for kids. Looks like we won’t have to wait until December for the Star Wars marketing blitz to arrive.

All these new books and releases apparently fall within the range of the mysterious new Lucasfilm story committee, meaning they’ll be “filled with Easter eggs” leading into the release of The Force Awakens. If you needed a way to get hardcore fans to buy into this stuff even more, that should do it. The initiative has been dubbed Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Disney has apparently been putting this plan together for a while:

“The Force Awakens is an extraordinarily, heavily guarded storyline. To track it, a lot of top-secret meetings were happening up in San Francisco as we worked through this program,” says Andrew Sugerman, executive vice president of Disney Publishing Worldwide.

We’ve already seen the classic characters Han, Luke and Leia return in Marvel’s super-hyped new Star Wars comic run, and it sounds like they’ll be digging a whole lot deeper into those “lost” decades between the original trilogy and these new films. 

Will you be checking out this new series of books? Do you think we’ll ever reach a point of Star Wars fatigue?

(Via Entertainment Weekly)