Star Wars Going Off the Deep End…

…And you know what? I’m kind of liking it. Story stolen from EW.

 

A young Han Solo saga, focusing on the wisecracking smuggler’s origin story, and a bounty hunter adventure with Boba Fett at the center of a rogue’s gallery of galactic scum…

The Han Solo story would take place in the time period between “Revenge of the Sith” and the first Star Wars (now known as “A New Hope”), so although it’s possible Harrison Ford could appear as a framing device, the movie would require a new actor for the lead — one presumably much younger than even the 35-year-old Ford when he appeared in the 1977 original.

The Boba Fett film would take place either between “A New Hope” and “The Empire Strikes Back,” or between “Empire” and “Jedi,” where the bounty hunter was last seen plunging unceremoniously into a sarlacc pit. Exactly who would play him isn’t much of a complication – in the original trilogy, he never took off his helmet. And in the prequels, we learned he was the son of the original stormtrooper clone, played by Temuera Morrison, who’s still the right age for the part if his services were required.

In addition to bringing back two fan-favorite characters as the leads of their own films, the Han Solo and Boba Fett projects would also allow Darth Vader, in full-on black death-metal gear, to return as a villain, since placing the spin-offs within the original trilogy would mean he is still alive and hissing. That timeline would also open the door for a return from visit with everyone’s favorite degenerate slug-like gangster, Jabba the Hutt.

Everything about this screams terrible terrible idea. But you know what? In hindsight, “Phantom Menace” was a terrible terrible idea too (though not as outright awful as “Attack of the Clones”). So I figure they can’t fuck it up anymore, so why not just go for broke? I mean outside of Serenity how many good (or any at all) big screen, space battle movies in the past few years have there been; so might as well give me more Star Wars.

Sure a young Han Solo played by Ashton Kutcher or some other up and coming douche is probably the worst idea sine Greedo shooting first (copyright Kevin Smith), but again, I can always go back and watch Episodes IV-VI and be perfectly happy with Harrison Ford doing his thing. Nothing will every change that so why worry too much about it? Besides, what if they actually were able to find someone as awesome as the next Nathan Fillion to play the part (Gosling, Rockwell, Garfield, Sturgess, McConaughey, maybe even Fassbender in “young make-up”)? At the very least it’s something to talk about and probably have some fun with. Also, I’m happy to see other parts of the Star Wars galaxy along with more laser guns, more Jedi tricks and I’m certainly anxious to see the Falcon do more loop-de-loops.

Boba-Fett is an even easier character and doesn’t matter if it isn’t Jeremy Bullock Hell no. It will just be a cool looking battle gear dude hunting down scum in the galaxy. And if it requires taking the helmet off, have the kid from “Clones” play the part – as mentioned in the article above, he’s old enough. Should be awesome with the right creative minds behind it.

So all you people screaming that Disney is raping Star Wars (I haven’t read much about it in the past few days, but I can only assume this is happening), get over it. Star Wars was raped almost fifteen years ago and then again with the Blu-ray releases. So let’s just keep going and see if something sticks. It will be a hell of an event and most likely it will be a lot of fun – even if it’s terrible. And even more fun to dissect for weeks before and after each subsequent release.

Andrew James
Podcaster. Tech junkie. Movie lover. Student. Also, beer.

11 Comments

  1. Disney has confirmed that they are making stand-alone movies. Deadline had the following quote from an apparent LucasFilm source: “Nobody knows when these movies are even coming out. Right now, people are just kicking around ideas. Which is why you hear it’s Yoda one day and a young Han Solo another. It’s all in early development right now.”

    However, the Disney CEO Bob Iger says these movies will likely be released in between episodes 7 to 9, but either way will be after 2015.

    Lawrence Kasdan who was one of the writers on Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi and who is a consultant on the new trilogy will be writing one of the stand-alone movies. Simon Kinberg who wrote Robert Downey Jr.’ Sherlock Holmes, X3 (ack!) and Mr. & Mrs Smith who once again is also a consultant on the new trilogy will be writing the other one.

    The way I see it, is the more Star Wars movies they make the greater chance there is that at least one of them with have the right combination of director, cast and writer to make a really good Star Wars movie.

    As for the young Han Solo, Lucas was the one who put together the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that LucasFilm might want to do something similar with Han.

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    • “The way I see it, is the more Star Wars movies they make the greater chance there is that at least one of them with have the right combination of director, cast and writer to make a really good Star Wars movie.”

      Yes, this.

      Also, I did read “The Adventures of Han and Chewie” as a young man. And I thought the stories were pretty good (again, I was like 15) – and those all took place before Episode IV (the Kessel Run story, how Han saved Chewie from enslavement, etc.).

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    • Yeah I’m not thrilled with going to Han and Boba Fett. There is a whole universe to explore and to begin with they are going with Han and Boba Fett?

      From a business perspective I get it. As with the Abrams directing, this side project does not strike me as a real creative ideas for spin offs.

      But we have yet to see any Disney Star Wars films, so who knows. They could be good. My gut instinct right now is that these will all be serviceable films, but not special.

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  2. I’m not sure about this.
    In my mind what was special about Star Wars when i was a kid was that there was only Star Wars. I remember the joy when Jedi came out. I have to admit that i was thrilled when the prequels began. But then again 15 years of waiting was in between.
    I feel a slight tingle of intrest in a new triology, but even more movies in between?
    The franchise is already watered down to no end with a gazillion comic books, EU books and the TV Shows.
    It feels more like that ‘milking the cow’ route Disney went in the late 90’s with all their cheap direct to video sequels.

    So NO, im not intrested in a Bobba Fett or a Young Han Solo movie. And im definetly not intrested in a Yoda movie
    (unless it’s Yoda meets the Fraggles with Weird Al doing the Soundtrack)

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  3. This is actually the direction I was hoping they’d go, with spin-off films telling other stories in the universe. I have no preference for or against Han Solo or Boba Fett, but those make sense to start with. There are a couple of book trilogies about each of them already, and they’re beloved characters who certainly have more story than what we see in the existing movies.

    To be honest, it was the EU that really got me into Star Wars, more even than the original trilogy itself. The story of the Rebellion and, in the prequels, the set-up of the Empire, is only one of a gazillion stories that could be set in that universe. I’d love to see some Old Republic stuff, too.

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  4. I am really excited. If I could have picked one guy to helm the “next generation” ;) it would have been JJ Abrams. He made me take an interest in Star Trek again, why not let him take the reins on this. Fantastic. As far as the Han, Boba Fett, Jabba etc… why not explore their backstories? . After my massive disappointment with Phantom Menace, this feels like a rebirth with hopefully a new voice.

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    • I agree. My emotions to the new Star Wars run from I don’t care to this doesn’t sound exciting. (With the caveat that I’m more than likely going to see all these films).

      Unfortunately I think its simple economics at work. The greater a property is worth the more risk adverse the decisions regarding that property need to be.

      Its hard to get excited about giant companies making safe bets with their IPs.

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      People are genuinely excited about the Han film?

      He acquires the Falcon from Lando, out runs Imperial Star Ships and gets in debt with Jabba. All these plot points are likely going to get touched on and we all know them before the film gets made.

      Put another way, I like Han and I felt like I got a pretty good arc of Han in episodes IV-VI. He transitioned from self-centered smuggler to a guy who fought for the rebellion and a better world. The return to self-centered smuggler is not that appealing to me.

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