Reuters article suggests Luke Skywalker returns to Yavin 4 to build Jedi academy in forthcoming sequel. But Disney is yet to confirm. Read more after the break.
The titbit is buried in an article by Reuters about the ancient Mayan city of Tikal, deep in the Guatemala rainforest, which George Lucas used for the location of the rebel base in 1977’s Star Wars. (It is from here that the rebel assault on the first Death Star is launched.) The tourist destination has apparently become inundated with fans of the long-running space opera aiming to soak up the “end of the world” atmosphere as an era closes in the Mayan Long Count calendar this Friday.
Disney has not yet confirmed the storyline for Star Wars: Episode VII and some websites have speculated that Reuters does not have its facts straight. The usually reliable agency’s story reads:
“Yavin 4 and the rebel base return to the Star Wars plot in the forthcoming Episode VII, announced in October by the Walt Disney Co, in which Skywalker comes back to the planet to build a Jedi knight academy.”
Reuters may have confused the storyline for Episode VII with Yavin 4’s involvement in the “expanded” Star Wars universe as depicted in dozens of books released in the wake of the original trilogy that hit cinemas between 1977 and 1983. Here, Yavin 4 is indeed the location for a Jedi school, but there has been no suggestion from Disney that the new films will follow the direction of the novels, which Lucas himself never entirely accepted as canonical.
The rumor has been debunked by the man who started it.
“This was a mistake. I misunderstood what fan clubs had told me and shown me in book plots and that storyline has not been announced by Disney. Perhaps I should have written something along the lines of ‘Yavin 4 appears in several Star Wars book plots and while Guatemala fans said they hope film crews return to Tikal, the company has not announced plans for the new episode.'”