Stand-Alone ‘Star Wars’ Movies Identified & A Wee Bit on J.J. Abrams

by on February 8, 2013

in Entertainment

Star Wars movie news

Well, now all the conjecturing, guessing and ill-begotten supposed rumors can come to a close on all things Star Wars Disney-era movies.

Fandango is reporting that Disney’s CEO Bob Iger announced in a press release in Disney’s quarterly earnings report to investors that the two stand-alone movies that are outside the planned upcoming trilogy, will be focused on Han Solo and Boba Fett.

Which puts a damper on that one rumor that got started that one of these was going to be about Yoda.  To be honest, I think I would have enjoyed a Yoda origin.  But I’m not disappointed in a Han Solo origin story.  Boba Fett has always been a curiosity to me but I’m not as jazzed about his story as I am about Han Solo.  But hey, I can be surprised, right?

Harrison Ford as Han Solo in 'Star Wars'

With the Han Solo story, it is supposedly taking place in a time period between the movies Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.

(Suddenly, I see why no Yoda.  Keep reading.)

The time frame that the Han Solo’s story takes place is critical to Disney because they’re hankering to use Darth Vader and Jabba the Hut.  Two characters many fans enjoy seeing.  Fetts story is still hopping around between films, of either A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, or Empire and Return of the Jedi.

boba fett spin-off 'star wars' movie

Brusimm FYI:  Did you know that Mark Austin played Boba Fett in the ‘special edition’ of the ’77 film, and that Jeremy Bulloch played Boba Fett in Empire and Return?

Of course, casting will be needed for the new, aka, younger Han Solo.  And my curiosity is if they’ll use this time period for us to see Han meet Chewbaca, or would that be a different tale to tell?

EW learned more information on the issue, stating that Iger made note that the screenwriters working on these two movies are Simon Kinberg (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Sherlock Holmes, This Means War, & X-Men: The Last Stand) and Lawrence Kasdan (screenwriter of The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Bodyguard, & Silverado.)  They’re also both involved with the creation of the new trilogy, and joining screenwriter Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3, Brave, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire & Oblivion.) on creating the script for the first movie of the new Star Wars trilogy.  Of course, as we all know, via Disney’s press release, J. J. Abrams will be directing Episode VII.

J.J. Abrams is a very busy man.

With his new directorial gig on Star Wars: Episode VII, he’ll be wrapping up his 2nd Star Trek movie, and he also has two new TV series he’s pitched to Fox.  One is based on a future where all cops have cyborg or robot partners, and another one that I think is titled, Believe, about a girl with a “gift” whose protected by a guy who is an escaped prisoner.  (I think is how the outline goes.)

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With all the news that’s coming out these days, it’s a fantastic time to be a Star Wars movie franchise fan.  The collective of talent that Disney is collecting and putting to work on the movies looks to be incredible and it’s also theirs to ruin.  But I don’t expect that to happen actually.  There’s way too much riding on this and to step in, take a huge franchise that’s been as long-lived as George Lucas’ Star Wars has been, and look forward with it, is a responsibility I can not imagine having.  If any of these folks stops and thinks for but a moment on what they’re embarking on, well, I’d suggest they don’t dwell.

The theatrical (and toys, books, new TV shows) fate of the franchise rests in their hands.  Then again, Disney is used to this, considering everything they own, to date.

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