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The Star Wars spin-off movies we want to see

Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed plans for ‘Star Wars’ spin-off movies to be released between Episodes 7, 8 and 9.

In an interview with CNBC he said screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are both writing scripts “derived from great" 'Star Wars' characters that are not part of the overall saga”.

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If Yoda is to be one of those ‘Star Wars’ characters, as has been rumoured, then who should be up for a starring role in some of the other films? Here’s our tongue-in-cheek suggestions...

Unlikely politician... Jar Jar Binks (Credit: LucasFilm)

Jar Jar Binks in ‘Yes Galactic Senator’

Jar Jar Binks is the ‘Forrest Gump’ of the ‘Star Wars’ universe, a buffoon who somehow ends up entwined in the most important historical events of his era. From exiled idiot, to general, to the senator who inadvertently ushers in the Emperor’s reign of terror.

But how was he manipulated by a snide galactic civil servant into proposing that Chancellor Palpatine is granted unlimited powers? We’d love to find out...

Worse than waterboarding... unlucky droid (Credit: LucasFilm)

The unnamed droid from Jabba’s Palace in ‘Zero Dark Side Thirty’

Finally we hear his side of the story. What did he know? How did he come by this information? What would have happened if he had given it up to Jabba’s cronies? A tragic yet thrilling tale of a brave droid holding onto important information until his death. Kathryn Bigelow to direct.

Tight fit... Porkins coudl be comedy sidekick (Credit: LucasFilm)

Porkins and friends in ‘Rogue Squadron’

A glossy, ‘Top Gun’ style action flick about a group of larger-than-life X-Wing pilots. Set before the attack on the first Death Star, there’s scope for pumping training montages, homoerotic volleyball games and the senseless murder of wamp rats.

Because it’s pre-episode IV, fan-favourite Porkins can feature as a comedy sidekick. Give Jonah Hill a call.

Rancor-ous reception... sad times for Malakili (Credit: LucasFilm)

Jabba’s rancor keeper in ‘One Man and his Rancor’

The touching tale of how Jabba’s rancor trainer Malakili befriended the fearsome critter as a young pup (?), go on adventures and forge an unbreakable bond.

Luke Skywalker killing the creature might make for a depressing ending, so the finale could follow Malakili post-‘Return Of The Jedi’, where, according to expanded universe guff, he opens a restaurant in Mos Eisley called the ‘Crystal Moon Restaurant’. Hmmm.

Dead Jedis Society... Obi Wan and co. (Credit: LucasFilm)

Obi Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker in ‘Force Ghost’

Following on directly from ‘Return Of The Jedi’, where he was seen standing in a row with the ghosts of Yoda and Hayden Christensen, Obi Wan Kenobi’s ghost travels the universe spying on his friends, playing pranks on them such as making things move or poking his ghostly head through walls.

Part-way through the film he falls out with Hayden Christensen’s ghost again and they have a really long fight because they can’t hit each other. Secure the rights to ‘Unchained Melody’.

Man with a name... it's Boba Fett (Credit: Rex Features)

Boba Fett in ‘A Fistful of Credits’

Following the decapitation of identical father Jango, Boba Fett begins to wander the galaxy, rocking up at dusty border planets, settling disputes for cash and having tense shoot outs. Never takes his helmet off. Prequel could be called ‘Jango Unchained’. 

Face for radio... Nien Nunb (Credit: LucasFilm)

Nien Nunb in ‘Nien Nunbs on the Run’

Let’s just leave it there...

Have you got any serious suggestions for 'Star Wars' spin-off movies? Let us know below...