It's official - after days of rumours and speculation, Disney have confirmed that it will produce a series of spinoff films based on characters from the Star Wars saga. In an interview with CNBC, Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed that "Larry Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are both working on films derived from the great Star Wars characters". But what will this mean for the franchise? And which characters will get their own films? Sources at Entertainment Weekly think they have the answer…
Never tell me the odds
If the rumours are true, our favourite galactic scoundrel, Han Solo will be taking the helm for an origin story that focusses on his early smuggling days. While this is all unofficial at this point, the news has certainly grabbed my attention. Han Solo is without a doubt my favourite Star Wars character - his wise-cracking charm and kick-ass attitude make him the perfect candidate for a film of his own. But what would this origin movie depict? Will we finally get to see how Han and Chewie meet? Or if he really did make the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs? Frankly, I can't wait to find out.
He's no good to me dead
Not to be outdone by a petty criminal, Boba Fett (the greatest bounty hunter in the galaxy) is also rumoured to be starring in his own spinoff. Another firm fan favourite, this seems like a wise choice from Disney - if indeed the rumours are true. Details are a little more sketchy for this stand-alone story, supposedly set to occur sometime around the original trilogy… but presumably before he ended up as worm-food. Still, it's a promising concept and I can't wait for another appearance of that iconic armour-clad mercenary.
Also rumoured to be getting his own film is Jedi Master Yoda… though I can't help wondering where exactly they'll go with that. For one thing, a script consisting of mostly backwards-speak could get very old very quickly.
I've got a very good feeling about this
I have to admit, I love the idea that Disney will be exploring the backgrounds of some of our favourite characters - hopefully reliving the moments that have been alluded to for so long. But I can't help feeling that many fans will be disappointed. With the extended universe already fleshing out these characters pasts, Disney will need a miracle to please everyone. The news that Kasdan and Kinberg will be penning the scripts certainly looks promising. Nobody knows the characters better than the man who wrote them in the first place and with Kinsberg having tackled origin stories before in the likes of 'X-Men: First Class', I'd say that this scriptwriting duo will be a force to be reckoned with.
What do you think of these new Star Wars Spinoffs? Are there any characters you think deserve their own films?