Star Wars Spin-Offs are coming and there is nothing you or I can do about it. Do fans really want Star Wars films outside of the core trilogy's? I'm not sure. I know I would love to see KOTOR adapted to film and once again made cannon, and there are plenty of existing stories that would great make movies as well. But that also doesn't mean we don't want to see original ideas. There are spin-off movies we never thought of and never knew we wanted. Here is my list of ways Disney can go about the Star Wars Spin-Offs. Let's jump in shall we.
6. Adapt the existing (Non-Cannon) EU
I already touched on this point in my previous article so I will make this quick. The original Star Wars EU, for all of it's good and bad, was home to some really great stories. KOTOR and Thrawn come to mind. So why not adapt these stories to the new cannon as spin off films (or trilogies) outside of the main series. We could see multiple different directors take on Star Wars. I want it now and I bet you do to.
5. Yoda Prequel
Yoda was so fucking cool in the original trilogy. He was a wise old Jedi who didn't just teach Luke, He taught the audience to. There's something mystical about him and right away you want to know more. But should we know more? There is no doubt in my mind this idea has already been passed around at Lucasfilm/Disney. And as great as I believe it could be, It could also greatly hurt the character if they do a poor job. But it could also be interesting to see Yoda become the Jedi we saw In The Empire Strikes Back. We could see Yoda in a whole new way, from his early days when he was possibly a rash young Jedi, to his possible turn to the dark side, to what made him into the character we all know and love. It could humanize the character and bring a whole new level to him that we've never seen before. If your going to do it Disney, do it right.
4. The First Jedi/Sith
Once again this one would be all in the execution. We don't need to be told everything, but a story involving the first Jedi facing off against the first Sith could be something really special. I'm sure there have been stories like this told in the EU and I am sure whomever works on this project could draw from those. I remember a graphic novel I read that takes place in ancient times about two force sensitive brothers who grow apart with age and end up killing each other over a number of things, one of them being a love for one women. I would love to see that story adapted to screen. Seeing ancient Sith and Jedi and the history of their order would be very interesting. However it's all in the execution.
3. Han Solo 'Solo' Films
Once again (I know your tired of this), This one depends on how it's done. But who wouldn't want to see Han Solo in all his glory? He would have to be recast (Bradley Cooper anyone) but I would love to have more adventure with the character. You could argue that we've already had those and they're called Indiana Jones, but who wouldn't like to see Indiana Jones in space? Well, no one but you get my point.
2. Retell the Prequel Trilogy
Hold on a minute. Stop. Don't click away. Are you still here? OK, here we go. Let's dive in. I think it would be a great idea to retell the Prequels from the point of view of a different character. Have it be a young Jedi or maybe a smuggler or clone who see's the down fall of the republic first hand. We could have scenes between this character and Anakin. The movie could rewrite how we feel about Anakin and show him as the good guy turned tragic hero he was always supposed to be. More than that if this character we a Jedi, We could see him grow through his training, watch as he learns about the force similar to Luke In A New Hope and Empire. Think the Dagoba training with Yoda. We could develop an emotional connection with this character and really feel it when she/he are inevitably involved in Order 66. Imagine of this character is friends with and even looks up to Anakin. Then imagine the final scene between them when they face off in the Jedi temple. His or her death could illustrate what a tragedy this truly was, something the Prequels were unable to do.
1. An Original Idea
The original Star Wars movie was a combination of brilliant new ideas that also payed homage to the classic adventure serials that George Lucas grew up with. The film brought classic adventure back to the public eye and everyone loved it. It was something old and something new and original at the same time. What I believe Star Wars needs now is a spark. Lucas had a creative spark that brought about one of the greatest adventures of all time. We need that now more than ever. A new idea that also recognizes the originals. I believe we are on the right track and I really think The Force Awakens will be great. None of this is to say that I wouldn't want to see old EU favorites adapted to screen, however what I'm looking forward to most is new creators playing with this universe. New adventures for people to enjoy for years to come. Give us something new Disney, but don't forget what came before.