So … remember yesterday how we learned that Disney is reportedly planning a stand alone spin-off Star Wars movie based on the hugely popular Jedi master character Yoda? Well, it would appear that that ain’t all they got planned. Today we learn that Disney is also planning the release of at least two other stand alone films … on based on the character of Han Solo (in his youth) and the other on his bounty hunter Boba Fett. While a big part of me wants to get all excited by the prospect of new Star Wars movies, I really fear that it’s starting to border on overkill :(
Star Wars fans, admit it: you like scoundrels. And you’re about to get more of them in your life. Yesterday, The Walt Disney Co. unveiled plans to make a number of spin-off movies set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away — in addition to the post-Return of the Jedi trilogy that had already been announced. Entertainment Weekly has learned details on two of the spin-off projects: 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. Several sources close to the projects confirmed this was the direction the development was taking, although each cautioned it’s still very early in the process and, well, the deal could always be altered futher. Lucasfilm and Disney declined to comment on the information.
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. Walt Disney Co. chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced the existence of spin-off plans yesterday as part of the company’s quarterly earnings report. He said the screenwriters working of the stand-alone films are Simon Kinberg (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Sherlock Holmes) and Lawrence Kasdan (screenwriter of The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark and the filmmaker behind The Big Chill.) The pair are also involved in the drafting of the new trilogy, with Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3) penning the first of the series, which J. J. Abrams has agreed to direct. That film is scheduled to hit theaters in 2015.
AHHHHH! I really, really want to be happy about this news but … it feels like too much. Not only do we have a new Star Wars trilogy on the horizon but we also have at least another 3 spin-off movies, too? Remember what I said yesterday about the specialness of the Star Wars franchise? It’s starting to feel less and less special with each new movie they announce. On the other hand, I do trust that Disney knows what they are doing … I have faith that they will treat the Star Wars property with care but … blah, hearing all this news all at once does cause me a bit of worry. Who knows, maybe a new Star Wars movie every other year will be the best thing ever. But, in the long run, I’m guessing it’ll be hard to cherish a set of 12+ movies all at once.