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Disney Confirms Standalone Star Wars Films; How Long Before They Get to Boba Fett: The Movie? [UPDATE: Not Long]

You know they will.

A few months back we heard the rumor that The Empire Strikes Back writer Lawrence Kasdan and X-Men: First ClassSimon Kinberg would be writing standalone films separate from the Star Wars sequel trilogy. And now Disney CEO Bob Iger has confirmed it.

Said Iger:

I can confirm to you today that in fact we are working on a few standalone films. Larry Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are both working on films derived from great Star Wars characters that are not part of the overall saga. We still plan to make Star Wars 7, 8, and 9 roughly over a six-year period of time, starting in 2015. But there are going to be a few other films released in that period, too.

Who are the characters? Iger didn’t list any, saying “I’m going to leave it to Kathy [Kennedy] and the LucasFilm team” to release the info at their leisure. However, the rumor floating around is that the subject of Episode 3.5 (or 0.5 or whatever) will be Yoda.

I’m not sure how I feel about that, to be honest. I kind of like Yoda being this enigmatic character whom we know little about, and the way they animated him in the prequel trilogy (i.e. badly) has left me soured on the concept of a Yoda-centric film. But hey, the prequel trilogy ruined the mystique of a lot of characters (*cough*BobaFett*cough*), and I’m going to have to let that go eventually, as difficult as that may be.

Besides, technology has advanced since the prequels, and movies like Rise of the Planet of the Apes have shown that having a completely CG main character can be done well. (“But James Franco was the main character!” Yeah, sure.)

So. Yoda might get a movie, and given Boba Fett’s enduring popularity I think a movie based around him is likely. Plus AICN, which broke the Yoda rumor, teases Jabba as a possibility as well.

Which “great Star Wars characters that are not part of the overall saga” would you want to see get a movie? Wedge Antilles could be cool (OHAI Rogue Squadron bias!), as could a pre-trilogy Han Solo, and as much as I dislike the prequels I always liked Dormé from Attack of the Clones. I’d watch Badass Handmaidens: The Movie in like .00001 parsecs. Though if they opt for any prequel character I’m guessing it’d be Qui-Gon Jinn, which I’m OK with.

As long as they stay far, far away from Jar Jar.

UPDATE: EW is reporting that there are two standalone Star Wars movies already in the works, one a young Han Solo movie taking place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, the other a Boba Fett movie set between either A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back or Empire and Jedi.

(via: /Film)

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  • Alexander Hooley

    Somehow I don’t think they’re likely to do a Grand Moff Tarkin-based prequel starring Wayne Pygram, but I’m gonna keep dreaming all the same.

  • WhiteRoseBrian

    How about one centered around Yogurt? Oh, wait, wrong movie.

  • CommentsSectionsAreDumb

    Han saves Chewie: The Movie.

  • Aeryn Elliott

    Oh, please please please please, let me get a Wedge and Rogue Squadron movie. I read the crap out of those books and comics, and the games were my favorite flight simulators. =3

    I actually met Denis Lawson once. Very nice person.

  • Aeryl

    There was an early episode of The Clone Wars that featured Yoda on a solo mission and it was awesome. It showed the humor Yoda was capable of from ESB, and the badass from the prequels. If they could pull off that balance, it would be awesome.

    At the same time, I remember the last standalone movies based on SW characters, so be wary. Be very wary.

  • Aeryl

    He is Ewan MacGregor’s uncle. I think that’s so cool.

  • Captain ZADL

    Jar Jar gets a kids show!

  • Rebecca Pahle

    As long as it doesn’t end with a moon falling on Chewie.

  • WonderScott

    A Bounty Hunters film (somewhere in the timeline) starring Boba Fett, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Greedo, Dengar, IG-88, Zuckus, Aurra Sing, Cad Bane, Jabba and other Hutts would be glorious.

    Or I want Star Wars: The Incredible Journey, starring a rancor, bantha, wampa and mynok.

  • TKS

    To me, this makes more sense (and sounds more entertaining than) trying to encapsulate the EU in a series of single-narrative movies. These One-Shots sound like they would be easier to make, and more fun to watch.

    1,2, and 3 were sort of a jumbled mess. I imagine 7, 8, and 9 will be too.

  • Aeryn Elliott

    I actually didn’t know that until today when I went to Wikipedia to look up all the stories Wedge had been in to throw on my Kindle. (I already re-reading the Thrawn books *shrug*) Very cool tidbit finding out they’re related.
    I also had not realized until this day that Wedge is played by two different actors in Star Wars and dubbed the entire time, then getting to use his actual voice in Empire and Jedi. The fact that I haven’t noticed in the 20 years I’ve been a fan… Kinda shocking to learn.

  • Aeryl

    Too soon! lol

  • Matthew Videll

    Starkiller: Forefather of the Rebellion

  • Matthew Videll

    Bobs Fett

  • Matthew Videll

    Han Solo

  • Oliver Jonas Queen

    I’m all for these…although I’ve thought for years that the pre-ANH adventures of Han and Chewie would make for an excellent animated series. Throw in Lando and Boba Fett,have them based out of Nar Shadda and BOOM…animated nerd gold. Basically this,as a series

  • Pop Tarts Jen

    I loved A.C. Crispin’s Han Solo Trilogy … I am hoping that they use that as a base, at least, for the Han Solo standalone movie(s)!

  • Anonymous

    If they made the Rogue Squadron books, and especially the Wraith Squadron books, into movies, I would die of happiness.