"There’s no source material. We don’t have comic books. We don’t have 800-page novels," says Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy when asked about the difficulties that come with making a Star Wars movie.
What...on God's green Earth...is she talking about? There's no source material? Huh? You had six films of source material to build from when beginning the ST. There's no comics? Um...yes, there are. I'm assuming this is a passive aggressive reference to Disney Marvel. There's no novels? Um, yes there are. Hundreds! You're the people that decided to SCRAP all that and rebuild a new EU. Is she trying to pretend it didn't even exist? How can the PRESIDENT of Lucasfilm NOT KNOW THIS? And while maybe in some ways it's for the better, in other ways it's regrettable. The old EU was hit or miss. But Disney SW has very clearly borrowed from old EU concepts and ideas and just adapted them. They brought Thrawn back just in a different period of time. Rogue One shares a lot in common with Dark Forces. Even Kylo and Rey have some similarities to the Solo children. This, to me, clearly displays that Kennedy really doesn't have much of any familiarity with the franchise or at best it's vaguely so.
But one thing that has always irked me with a lot of post OT era films is that critical plot points surrounding the plot of the films...only gain answers in subsidiary content. Sifo-Dias comes to mind. No! I shouldn't have to buy a book to gain the full picture. The film lore should come first when making...a film...and the EU content is just that, subsidiary. Extra! Not required!