Chinese-language Star Wars e-books and an exclusive Star Wars online novel by a Chinese author are on their way, thanks to a co-operation between China Literature and Disney China.
China Literature, the country’s top online literature firm, will publish 40 Star Wars novels for Chinese readers. A novel based on Star Wars, by a Chinese author, will also be published, they said.
The cooperation will bring more “localized and diversified” Star Wars content to Chinese readers, they said. It will bring “China’s expression for a world-class galaxy,” said Wu Wenhui, chief executive of the Shanghai-based China Literature.
China Literature, which is listed in Hong Kong, has 217 million monthly active users.
James Waugh, vice president of franchise content and strategy for Lucasfilm, called the cooperation a “meaningful connection with Chinese audience.” Lucasfilm, which created and produced the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, is a subsidiary of Disney.
40 e-books have been immediately released, and are free to read through October 22nd.
The companies have yet to reveal any details about the original book, which they say is still in the “initial preparation stage.” But the official Star Wars Weibo account says the book will be an “authentic Star Wars story with Chinese characteristics”.