Prequel and sequel concept artist Iain McCaig has been tapped to illustrate a new series of books presumably aimed at young readers that give a Reader’s Digest rundown of ANH, TESB, and ROTJ. There will also be a picture book for the small fry called “The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight.” These will all be out this fall. Read the presser here.
It’s fine that they want to acquaint Generation Frozen with Eps IV-VI since the sequels take place afterward and involve some of the same characters. Lucasfilm had the opportunity to introduce Star Wars to a new generation of fans with the Special Editions two years prior to the prequels’ release.
That said, when the Special Editions came out, those were the only three Star Wars films in existence. There are six movies now, plus Clone Wars. If the idea is to introduce kids to the saga, then they should introduce the WHOLE saga so they can see the whole thing in context. Perhaps Lucasfilm and Disney believe kids are already familiar with the prequels since they didn’t come out all of that long ago and Clone Wars was on 2008-2014.
Or perhaps it’s all just a conspiracy to try and push the prequels down the memory hole. Whatever the case may be, once again Lucasfilm and Disney are treating Star Wars not as a single saga but as different competing trilogies and the only fans who matter are the ones who only love the OT. If I’m off base, let them announce they’ll do story books about the prequels in 2015. I’m waiting.