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Mark Newton

Last week the internet exploded with speculation as Disney announced they would also be developing at least two stand-alone spin-off Star Wars movies. Each movie would reportedly follow the adventures of one popular Star Wars character, but who could it be? Han Solo is a popular choice, as is Obi Wan, Yoda and Boba Fett. Although we don't have any confirmation yet, screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan explains he will certainly be taking a new and fresh direction in delivering the spin-offs. He told Hero Complex:

I'm trying to start fresh. There are certain pleasures that we think the saga can bring to people that they've been missing, and we’re hoping to bring them that, and at the same time, have them feel that it's all new.

Kasdan, who is down to write one of the spin-off movies, will be consulting with Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens director in developing the franchise further. It also sounds like Star Wars creator will be available to help out, but only if he's needed:

George sort of brought me into this part of it, and he's stepping back from the company. He's sort of given his blessing to everybody, and he'll be there if you need him. I think everyone's interested to see where this can go. It's been some very different places over 30 years. I think with J.J., we’ll get something entirely new.

Kasdan is the mastermind behind the second and, let's face it, the best Star Wars movie, The Empire Strikes Back. With this in mind, I can't help but feel that at least his movie is in safe hands. Sherlock Holmes writer will also be penning a spin-off, while Toy Story 3 writer will provide the script for Episode VII. In the interview, Kasdan took the time to describe his feelings about the entire franchise, as well as his contribution to it. He explained:

The ones I worked on were a long time ago, and they had a slightly different feeling than the ones that followed. The first three, Star Wars, Empire and Return of the Jedi are all sort of more about people than the ones that followed. Empire appeals to people, I think, because it's the second act of a three-act play, and everything sort of goes to hell during the movie. And when you leave, everyone is in trouble, and that is the best kind of part of the story to write. And people responded to it. Irvin Kershner was a completely different kind of director than George, so the movie’s much darker than the first Star Wars. It's more edgy.

Let's just hope he can recapture some of this edgy magic in his own spin-off movie.

Everyone seems to be speculating about who'll appear in these films. Why don't you get involved in the discussion too? Let me know which Star Wars character you'd like to see get the Kasdan treatment.


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