Originally Posted by Jr Mouse
Why even bother with following the extended universe literature? No reason they can't come up with a great story that stands on it's own. In fact this may provide them more creative freedom while allowing the stories to be easily accessible by the larger mainstream. Let's face it, the extended universe has got a little convoluted at this point.
The thought in my mind is that that starts to be very difficult to do without contradicting the extended universe content.
That's why the Zahn trilogy makes sense--it was created before the rest of the extended universe and thus you don't have to worry about awkward character introductions or anything like that. A lot of the other content either relies on characters created by Zahn or was written to provide a story about what happened before Zahn's books, but Zahn's trilogy itself is very approachable to anyone who saw IV, V, and VI.
Keep in mind, the Expanded Universe stuff is blessed by Lucasfilm. The stories got approval and lucasfilm would at times tell them what could and could not happen to original characters (I read something today that one of the early books was going to have Mon Mothma die of an infection and they insisted that she survive). At the same time they were against approving any content from before ep IV since they planned to make those films in the future.
I wouldn't put it past the new owners, but it would be pretty wacked up to write a contradictory storyline to all of the stuff that is already on the bookshelves with your official licensing stamp on it.