An admirable piece of reporting work here from our pal Eric Geller over at TF.N as he clears up reports that the sequel trilogy may be returning to Guatemala and the Mayan Temples that housed the secret Rebel base in A New Hope.
As we posted here on Wednesday, rumours surfaced that the production could return to Yavin. A delicious thought, but backed up with nothing more than an unsubstantiated paragraph written by Reuters writer Michael McDonald. Eric contacted McDonald to flesh out the details behind the statement, and this is what he had to say.
This paragraph understandably caused a lot of excitement and confusion. I assumed right away that McDonald had either misunderstood the role of the Expanded Universe novels about Luke Skywalker's Jedi academy on Yavin 4 or misinterpreted what some fans told him when he asked about the Guatemalan temples. As it turns out, I was right on both counts. I reached out to McDonald by email, and here's what he had to say:
"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.'"