Original Star Wars trilogy to be adapted, expanded in new series of novels

Along with expanding the Star Wars canon in a big way with everything from comic books to new film sequels, the folks at Disney haven’t forgotten where it all began. 

The company has announced a new series of novels that will serve as “fresh interpretations” of the original Star Wars trilogy. Along with serving as a retelling of those original adventures, the novels will attempt to tell the story from the perspective of the different characters (i.e., what was Han really thinking with that "I know" line?) and fill in story elements that might not have made it to the screen. The Mouse House adds that the stories will also be “filtered through each author’s vision” of the original series.

It’s an interesting idea, to be sure, and Disney is turning to some genre veterans to bring the concept to life. The project list includes Star Wars: A New Hope — The Princess, The Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy by Alexandra Bracken (the Darkest Minds series), Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back — So You Want to Be a Jedi by Adam Gidwitz (A Tale Dark & Grimm series) and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi — Beware the Power of the Dark Side! by Tom Angleberger (the Origami Yoda series).

The novels are expected to hit shelves Sept. 22. Until then, click here to read a digital sample from The Princess, The Scoundrel and the Farm Boy. Check out the cover art for the novels below and let us know what you think about the idea:

(Via Star Wars)

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