Mr Light wrote:
Only thousands of people have read the EU novels. Millions will see the Sequel Trilogy. There is no way in hell that the makes of the Sequels will, or should, be beholden to the old continuity only a few know about, which was conceived in the 90s before we knew anything about the Prequels.
Bingo. We're talking entirely different orders of magnitude here, in terms of the potential audience. This is the only practical way to go.