These Star Wars Stories Would Make Brilliant Spin-Off Movies

Monday, 21 March 2016 - 9:59AM
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Monday, 21 March 2016 - 9:59AM
These Star Wars Stories Would Make Brilliant Spin-Off Movies
We mentioned last week that Disney's casting of a young Han Solo is likely to be one of the toughest decisions the studio will have to make in recent memory. The reason it's so tough is that the role belongs to one man, and one man only. It's no surprise that when the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer was screened at Star Wars Celebration last year, the biggest cheer belonged to the moment when Harrison Ford stepped onto the Millennium Falcon as an older, battle-weary Han. The young Han Solo movie is going to be incredibly hard to pull-off, but it appears as though Disney is banking big on the star power of the franchise's lovable rogue regardless. 

It all got us to thinking that, in this age where spin-off movies are a possibility, what stories would we really like to see told. 


The Mandalorian Civil War



Perhaps the Mandalorians were explored in enough detail in Star Wars: Clone Wars, but they are a people with a rich history in Star Wars lore. For many centuries the Mandalorians were a warrior race, seeking glory in the battlefield wherever they could find it. But, by the time George Lucas's prequel trilogy has rolled around, the Mandalorians have adopted a stance of pacifism after a brutal civil war devastated the Mandalorian worlds. With the help of Jedis Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi, Duchess Satine Kryze eventually brings stability to the Mandalorian system. 

Centering on power players like Duchess Satine, a spin-off movie about the Mandalorian Civil War would offer up a perfect blend of political jostling and large scale war. Because of it's place in the Star Wars timeline, all of these events could be subtly linked back to happenings in previous movies, although I must admit that the issue of Obi-Wan's involvement would be troublesome because he was much younger then than Ewan McGregor is now. That point aside, the idea of seeing masses of Madalorians doing battle in the style of armor made famous by Boba Fett would be a cinematic treat too good to miss. There's also the fact that Disney have shown a commitment to exploring the Mandalorians as a people with Sabine from Star Wars Rebels, so this might actually not be as much of a long shot as it seems.


Troopers



There's a reason Finn was so popular in Star Wars: The Force Awakens...it's the same reason that so many people feel that 'Rookies' is one of the best episodes of Star Wars: Clone Wars. While Stormtroopers (and to a lesser extent, Clone Troopers) are among the most-beloved sci-fi henchmen, we're all hungry for a deeper look at what goes on behind those masks. If Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is going to give us a deeper look at the soldiers of the Rebellion, another spin-off could do the same for the soldiers of the Empire.

Such a formula proved a huge success in Claudia Gray's recent novel, Star Wars: Lost Stars, in which we followed a pair of young recruits to the Imperial Military academy. Getting to witness the reactions of Imperial soldiers to the increasingly heinous crimes of their employer was fascinating in both Lost Stars and The Force Awakens, and a potential 'Troopers' spin-off could do all that and more, potentially showing the other side of some of Star Wars' most-fabled battles. 


Revan



Ok, Ok, this one might sound a bit predictable, but there are very good reasons its one many people's wish lists. Of the many characters introduced by the old Star Wars Expanded Universe, Revan is the one that most of us want to see reinstated into Star Wars canon is Darth Revan. While Revan's original timeline of some 4,000 years before the events of A New Hope might be a bit too much for Disney, Revan's rough story is one that could potentially be brought closer to the studio's favored time periods. 

Revan was a brilliant Jedi who grew impatient with the Jedi Order's failure to act during the Old Republic's war with the Mandalorians. After he and his fellow Jedi Malak defied the order to help the Old Republic put an end to the Mandalorian threat before becoming seduced to the Dark Side and eventually becoming a Sith Lord with Malak as his apprentice. I won't go on to blow the whole story – for that you should go and play the Knights of the Old Republic game– but the story of Revan's battle between good and evil makes Anakin Skywalker's journey look like an angsty teen drama. This wouldn't just make a good movie, it would make an incredible trilogy all on its own, and it's perhaps for that reason that the tale of Revan and Malak is too complex for a mere spin-off.


Obi-Wan



I'm not alone in wanting this, but as many of us as there are that want to see Ewan McGregor return as Obi-Wan Kenobi, there are just as many who think it's a bad idea. While I won't say that either side is necessarily right, I will tell you why I'd love to see this film made.

I'm not one to bash the prequel trilogy –there are enough of those people out there – but I will say that McGregor's performances as Obi-Wan were the standout highlight of all three movies. Throughout Star Wars canon, Obi-Wan's presence in the franchise's key moments –both spiritually and physically– is surpassed only by Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader. Yet while we have seen much of the legendary Jedi on Star Wars: Clone Wars, his story remains woefully under-served. 

As Marvel's Star Wars comics have shown, getting a chance to witness some of Kenobi's escapades during his time on Tatooine would make for fascinating viewing, as well as filling in some major blind spots for fans. We're not talking a Jedi version of 127 hours here, though. Between Jabba the Hutt, Sand People, Bounty Hunters, and a growing Imperial presence, Tatooine has plenty to offer in the way of villainous plot drivers. It would also give us a chance to learn more of the training Kenobi underwent to ensure that, even after death, he would still be able to guide Luke Skywalker.

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