Disney Publishing Worldwide and Lucasfilm have unveiled a global publishing program that will lay the groundwork for the Dec. 18 theatrical release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
Dubbed Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the multi-faceted program will roll out this fall with more than 20 titles for all ages.
“We are thrilled to be developing content for fans of this epic saga across the globe,” says Andrew Sugerman, executive vice president, Disney Publishing Worldwide. “The robust publishing program will appeal to a range of fans–old and new–across all formats from comics to novels to apps, making this one of the most exciting and collaborative collection of stories that we’ve seen to-date."
Disney and Lucasfilm are working with top Star Wars licensees, including Del Rey, DK, Egmont U.K., Marvel, Phoenix International Publications, Studio Fun International and Topps, to develop a range of formats with all-new stories that extend the Star Wars fantasy and add to its canon of mythology. Formats will include new narrative stories for middle grade and young adults, comics, illustrated reference guides, look-and-find titles and sticker books. The titles will be released globally in 36 countries by participating publishers both in print and digital formats.
Many of the books will also include subtle hints and clues into the movie plot, as well.
“The filmmakers have a lot of surprises in store, and the hints and puzzle pieces in the publishing program will keep fans guessing until the film opens," says Michael Siglain, director, creative franchise, Lucasfilm, Disney Publishing Worldwide.