With Episode VII nearly upon us, it’s time to start thinking about Star Wars spin offs.
There are a lot of prime characters and properties under the Star Wars banner which would easily convert into fantastic movies. With Disney working hard to turn Star Wars into a second Marvel Cinematic Universe, there’s no doubt that the number of movies inspired by George Lucas’ fantastic science fiction franchise will only grow.
Disney have already announced plans to create an ‘Anthology’ series of spin off Star Wars movies, with 2016’s Rogue One kicking off the line-up with a tale about the early days of the rebel alliance. There are also some rumors already circulating of key Star Wars characters getting origin movies or standalone adventures.
Here’s a list of some of the potential new Star Wars spin offs that we might be seeing in the near future:
Going Solo: Han Versus the Universe
That probably won’t be the title of the movie.
Still, the idea of a Han Solo movie has been bouncing around since as far back as the release of the latest Indiana Jones movie. Then, according to apocryphal stories, George Lucas asked Harrison Ford if he’d ever be interested in doing another Star Wars.
A young Han Solo can also be spotted in concept art for Episode III – Lucas was toying with the idea of having Han turn up to help Yoda escape from some clone troopers.
The moment Disney got their hands on the rights to Star Wars, multiple sources began suggesting that a Han Solo origin story might be worth considering. These rumors have since been confirmed, although it’s not yet certain who will play Han’s younger self, or whether Harrison Ford will make an appearance.
After Han Solo, Boba Fett is probably the most popular non-Jedi character in all of Star Wars canon. He’s mean, he’s got a cool helmet, and, according to the almighty Sarlacc, he’s pretty tasty too.
Fans have always been eager to see more of the Fett man, which is probably why Lucas decided to include his origin story in Episode II. Rumors of a live-action Boba Fett television show abounded after the release of Revenge of the Sith, but Lucasfilm instead chose to focus on the animate Clone Wars television series.
Some new rumors suggest that Fett and Solo will be appearing in the same movie, extending their brief tango at the beginning of Return of the Jedi into a two hour Wile E Coyote-style chase film. Disney has yet to confirm this, although respected Marvel directors such as Jon Favreau and Matthew Vaughn are rumored to be connected with the project.
Obi Wan Kenobi
According to some sources, plans for a movie starring Ewan McGregor as the lead have been in the works in some form or other for years now. McGregor delivered one of the strongest performances in the prequel trilogy, and has expressed some interest in returning to Star Wars, in spite of his famously low opinion of Episodes I-III.
If rumors of an Obi Wan movie are true, it suggests that Disney is not planning to entirely ignore the prequel trilogy. An Obi Wan movie might well open the floodgates for a variety of other prequel-inspired movies.
Who’s ready for a Jar Jar Binks film?
No? Never mind then.
Alongside Darth Vader and Chewbacca, Jedi master Yoda is one of the most recognizable characters in the Star Wars roster – and one, it’s important to note, with almost limitless marketing potential.
Perhaps this is why some rumors claim that there’s a Star Wars spin off in the works which would center on Yoda’s 900 years of life prior to the existing movies. There’s a lot of meat in the now discarded Expanded Universe which could potentially be recycled to fill Yoda’s childhood with exciting and interesting characters.
The only thing that could cast a shadow on this movie would be the idea of two hours of Yoda’s comically backwards grammar. But, as the prequels have proven, movie audiences really don’t mind sitting through confusing dialogue if the tiny green Jedi does a backflip or two along the way.
Knights of the Old Republic
This one’s mostly just wishful thinking. Thus far, no rumors surrounding the popular videogames by BioWare and Obsidian Entertainment have emerged, but the KotOR videogames are considered by many fans to be the pinnacle of Star Wars storytelling, and certainly the most enjoyable experience from the Expanded Universe in the past twenty years.
Now that KotOR is no longer considered canon by the Star Wars brand executives, the historic period before The Phantom Menace remains unexplored – a cinematic adaptation of the popular videogames would make more than a few fans extremely happy.
Failing that, if Disney feel like letting Obsidian make the KotOR 3 game that they’re desperate to make, that’d be just fine, too.
With new movies comes the chance to tell bizarre, varied and unexpected stories within the Star Wars universe. Probably one of the strangest pieces of fiction in the Expanded Universe is Death Troopers: a story about Imperial Stormtroopers fighting zombies.
This story is exceptionally obscure, and, along with the rest of the Expanded Universe, is no longer canon, but it’d be very interesting to see a Star Wars horror story. It’s unlikely that we’ll ever see this movie, but if we did, it would probably be amazing.
There are plenty more fantastic stories set in the Star Wars universe that are just waiting to be told. What would you like to see head to the big screen? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.