When people say "Disney will do this, Disney won't do that", that's pretty much what's being implied. By that logic, every decision is a business decision. I mean, a single line of dialogue could affect people's opinion of the film, which in turn could impact the box office. that doesn't mean that Disney is going to do that kind of micro-managing. Do you really think any of the Disney executives care about whether the EU is followed or not? I don't. They just want a great movie. At the moment, Lucasfilm saying "we've hired an Oscar-winning screenwriter and a hot young blockbuster director" is of far more interest to them than "we're deliberately ignoring the post-Return of the Jedi timeline established by previous Lucasfilm products". I agree. I just think that's going to be a Lucasfilm decision, not a Disney one. I mean, I'm sure if they asked, Disney would say "don't worry about the spin-off books, just make the best film possible". But why would they, when that goes without saying? Why make that explicit statement at all though? Just announce the new EU. The people who are hardcore about continuity will have worked it out for themselves already. The people who maybe read the Thrawn trilogy once, or played Jedi Knight a few years back, will just think "cool, new Star Wars". "Final say" and "at the end of the day" to me imply that they can just veto any ideas they think are really dire, or would have absolutely no appeal to a mass audience. Lucasfilm will still handle the details.