From now on the continuity of the Star Wars universe will be handled centrally by Lucasfilm who are forming a Story Group run by Pablo Hidalgo and Leland Chee to ensure consistency and continuity across their Star Wars franchise. From books, comics, graphic novels, video games and more the group will make sure there are no glaring mistakes.
Chee was hired by Lucas Publishing in 2000 to create The Holocron, the authoritative licensing and continuity database for all Star Wars products. Previously, the Holocron divided Star Wars materials into four ranks, with works created by George Lucas (e.g., the first six films) at the top, overriding the various categories of Expanded Universe materials.
according to Chee’s Twitter feed, the Lucasfilm Story Group will streamline the definition of what constitutes official canon by taking a hand in every piece of Star Wars storytelling from here on out. When asked if the Story Group’s goal was to ditch the hierarchy system in favor of a single, cohesive canon, Chee said, “That’s definitely a primary goal of the Story Group.”
Chee continued, saying that going forward the canon field in Holocron entries — previously used to denote a given work’s canonical weight – will be used only for internal classification purposes, rather than to dictate hierarchy.