The "old canon" wasn't canon. The official story was the movies and the Clone Wars TV show. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_...anding_and_canon_restructuring_(2012–present) See the "Holocron database and canonicity" section. And yes, Lucas directed the prequels. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000184/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_1 The fates of Luke, Han, Leia, Ackbar and others wasn't canonically determined until Force Awakens/Last Jedi/Rise of Skywalker came along.