Can a Roleplaying Game save a Film Franchise?
While the premise is arguable, it is obvious that the Star Wars roleplaying game contributed to the continued popularity of the entire Star Wars franchise. If it weren't true then toys, cartoons and novels made today wouldn't contain names created for the rpg some 25 years ago. You read that right. Surprising though it might be, the roleplaying game and it's sourcebook had a far reaching effect on the original universe and it's canon.
I'd recommend fans of Star Wars (and who isn't these days) take a look at Chris Baker's article over at Glixel. You might find a few things that surprise you.