10 ‘Star Wars’ Spin-off Films We Want to See

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Star Wars Standalone Spinoff Films Ideas Discussion 10 Star Wars Spin off Films We Want to See

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve surely heard what may be the biggest movie geek news of a generation: Star Wars is headed back to theaters for a new trilogy of films – starting with Star Wars Episode VII, which is being directed by J.J. Abrams.

In addition to a new trilogy, we now know that Star Wars standalone spinoff films are also on the way, which is why we are here to pitch “10 Star Wars Spin-off Movies We’d Like to See” – presented in no particular order of awesomeness.

NOTE: We’ll be sticking to storylines that are either already established through the expanded universe or have already been rumored for production. Epic EU storylines like The Thrawn Trilogy, New Jedi Order or Legacy of the Force are big enough to have their own movie trilogies, so you won’t find them on this list of standalone film ideas.

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Shadows of the Empire

Star Wars Shadows of the Empire Movie 10 Star Wars Spin off Films We Want to See

An “interquel” launched in the 1990s, Shadows of the Empire fills in a lot of the gaps between Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. This includes Leia’s search for a captured Han Solo, the construction of Luke’s second Lightsaber (the green one), and a power struggle between Darth Vader and Prince Xizor, leader of a galactic criminal syndicate, for the favor of Emperor Palpatine.

Released as a multi-media project, the Shadows of the Empire novel followed a lot of the Original Trilogy characters – but the popular video game for the Nintendo 64 introduced fans to Dash Rendar, a smuggler buddy of Han Solo who aids the Rebel Alliance during Han’s carbonite siesta.

WHY IT WOULD WORK: Shadows of the Empire offers a nice balance of the familiar and the new – and considering the considerable changes that occur between Episodes V and VI, this bridge piece would be a smart addition. Sure, you may want to skip segments requiring an aged Mark Hamill or Carrie Fisher to appear onscreen – but Vader, Dash, Boba Fett and Xizor are all great dramatic personae to explore.

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Knights of the Old Republic

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Based on the popular video game series, Knights of the Old Republic takes Star Wars fans back some 4,000 years before the rise of the Galatic Empire. A former Sith – mentally “reprogrammed” by the Jedi Council – attempts to solve the mystery of his own identity in time to stop his traitorous former apprentice, Darth Malak, from leading a Sith army against the Republic. That quest involves locating a map and uncovering the “Star Forge,” the source of Malak’s military power.

WHY IT WOULD WORK: KotOR would be akin to exploring Medieval times of the Star Wars universe. We’ve only seen Jedi and Sith working in measured numbers; all-out battles between armies of them would be geek-EPIC. The games had enough depth of narrative and character to attract millions of fans; a movie would therefore have plenty of ripe material to draw from, including a great story of redemption not seen since Vader tossed the Emperor into the pits of the Death Star.

BONUS: This wouldn’t have to just be a great standalone film. Given the expansive nature of KotOR (in sequel games, comic books, etc.), a successful first film could be the gateway to a whole new Star Wars spinoff saga. However, even as a one-time experience, KotOR would be thrilling.

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Dark Forces (Jedi Knight)

Star Wars Dark Forces Movie 10 Star Wars Spin off Films We Want to See

Dark Forces was a two-part Star Wars spinoff game released on Windows PCs in the late ’90s. Like Shadows of the Empire, it started as an “interquel” that filled in story gaps from the original trilogy; the sequel game picked up after Return of the Jedi and would therefore fill in gaps between the original trilogy and the upcoming sequel trilogy.

The games follow Kyle Katarn, a former Imperial soldier who becomes a mercenary when he learns the Empire killed his parents. Katarn is hired by the Rebel Alliance for jobs that include stealing the Death Star blueprint schematics and thwarting an attempt to produce a new, more powerful, Imperial Trooper. In the sequel game, Katarn learns of his own latent Force powers and embarks on a quest to stop seven “Dark Jedi” from corrupting the “Valley of the Jedi,” a burial ground with powerful ties to the Force.

WHY IT WOULD WORK: Dark Forces is a tale that could offer stylistic opportunities to do something different. Katarn’s journey from evil soldier to noble mercenary to Jedi warrior is a rich arc, and would be the perfect vehicle for an up-and-coming action star. Envision: a Batman Begins-style film that uses editing and anachronistic narrative to carry us through the entire ballad of Kyle Katarn over both video games. “What takes a man from the guns of the Empire to the sword of the Jedi?” Let’s find out!

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The Force Unleashed

Star Wars The Force Unleashed Movie 10 Star Wars Spin off Films We Want to See

The Force Unleashed was another popular Star Wars video game, released in the late 2000s. The story is set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope and follows “Starkiller,” the son of two Jedi who is taken under the wing of Darth Vader when he is discovered as an infant during one of Vader’s raids on the few surviving Jedi.

Vader trains Starkiller to overthrow the Emperor, but when Palpatine learns of the new apprentice, he forces Vader to betray Starkiller and leave him for dead. Instead, Vader spares his apprentice and secretly tasks him with stirring up the rebel forces opposing the Empire. Thanks to Jedi Master Rahm Kota, Starkiller learns the lighter side of the force but ultimately falls in battle against the Emperor. In the end, his family crest becomes the sigil of the new Rebel Alliance, and he is transformed into a martyr for the cause.

WHY IT WOULD WORK: Force Unleashed adds some new depth to established characters like Vader, Princess Leia and her adoptive father, Bail Organa – all of whom Starkiller meets on his journey. In terms of “interquels,” it is one of the most interesting and epic – though some may fairly argue that the story leans a bit too close to Luke Skywalker’s arc in the original trilogy. (The sequel game – involving Starkiller clones – may also be a bit too much for a movie.) However, with the right young actor…

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Republic Commandos

Star Wars Republic Commando Movie 10 Star Wars Spin off Films We Want to See

Derived from a mid-2000s video game and a series of spinoff novels, Republic Commando delves into the Clone Wars from a unique angle: the viewpoint of elite squads of clone soldiers (most often Delta and Omega Squads).

Picking up from Attack of the Clones and running through the time period after Revenge of the Sith, the RC saga examines the more militaristic side of the Star Wars universe. Eventually, the commandos are forced to examine themselves and their role in the war as the Republic they fought for transforms into a Galatic Empire, in which clone soldiers must either become Imperial Soldiers or renegade mercenaries fighting alongside Rebel and Jedi forces.

WHY IT WOULD WORK: Republic Commando is a Star Wars story unlike most others, in that it examines not only a soldier’s life in the galatic war – but a clone’s existence, as well. Watching the shifting moral outlook of the soldiers would be a nice rumination on the effects of war and politics, while divided allegiances in the wake of the Empire’s rise would be gripping wartime drama for these brothers-in-arms.

BONUS: Since they’re clones, you could save a bundle on casting, since your lead actor (Temuera Morrison as Jango Fett) could play all of the main roles (when the soldiers are not in helmet, of course).

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The Adventures of Obi Wan Kenobi

Star Wars Obi Wan Kenobi Movie 10 Star Wars Spin off Films We Want to See

He stands as one of the most iconic figures in the saga (disappearing body trick, FTW!) – and while his story has been further explored in prequel films and spinoff projects like The Clone Wars animated series, there is still enough room for Ben “Obi-Wan” Kenobi to get his own movie.

Whether delving into Obi-Wan’s younger years (as explored in Expanded Universe fiction like Jedi Apprentice and Jedi Quest); filling in the gaps in his life during Episodes 1 – 6 (The Clone Wars, his exile years before A New Hope) – or maybe just a portrait of the man that covers all that aforementioned material – Kenobi (man, general, Jedi master) is a complex, pivotal character who can surely support a standalone film.

WHY IT WOULD WORK: People love Obi-Wan; actor Ewan McGregor is still around to play adult and elderly versions of the character; and there’s the added benefit of possibly leaving room for Liam Neeson to return to the franchise (as Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan’s mentor) in a much better fashion than Phantom Menace afforded him. Plus, Star Wars could use a good Medieval Knight-style film, and Obi-Wan’s adventures could certainly be spun in that way.

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Boba Fett: Twin Engines of Destruction

Star Wars Boba Fett Twin Engines of Destruction Movie 10 Star Wars Spin off Films We Want to See

Boba Fett is one character already rumored to be getting a spinoff film, and while there are many great stories about the Mandalorian bounty hunter/clone that could be told, Twin Engines of Destruction is one we definitely want to see onscreen.

As part of the Star Wars: Bounty Hunters comic series (which is ripe for adaptation in its entirety, really), Twin Engines chronicles the story of Jodo Kast, a young bounty hunter who gets himself a suit of Mandalorian Armor that looks like Boba Fett’s. When Jodo goes around collecting bounties on the premise that he is superior to Fett, Boba decides it’s time to defend his reputation. With a bit of subterfuge, Boba lures Jodo to the Hutt homeworld of Nal Hutta for a final showdown.

WHY IT WOULD WORK: Twin Engines has a pretty straightforward story, but it’s one that could open the door to an exciting part of the Star Wars universe not yet explored onscreen (the bounty hunter underworld). It would also feature one of most iconic characters in the franchise (Boba Fett), while literally serving as proof of why he’s such a beloved (and feared) badass. What’s not to like?

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Rogue Squadron

Rouge Squadron Movie 10 Star Wars Spin off Films We Want to See

Clone/Imperial troops aren’t the only soldiers on the Star Wars battlefield that need their story told onscreen; the X-Wing squadrons of the Rebel Alliance played a big role in the defeat of the Galatic Empire.

In a story that has spanned novels, comic books and video games, Rogue Squadron chronicles famous X-Wing dogfights from the original Star Wars trilogy and beyond, tracing the continuing adventures of heroic Rebel pilot Wedge Antilles and his new squad of recruits, in the era following the Empire’s collapse.

WHY IT WOULD WORK: George Lucas might not have had success with Red Tails – but the WWII dogfight segments were impressive evidence of what CGI can bring to aerial action. While even casual Star Wars fans have an affinity for trusty ol’ Wedge Antilles, it’s not impossible to re-cast the character with a headlining name. Otherwise, original Wedge actor Denis Lawson is still available for (and welcome to) the part. Surround Wedge with a crop of fresh-faced young stars and we would have something akin to Top Gun – only with Star Wars spaceships. Pretty awesome, right?

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When Han Met Chewie

Chewbacca Han Solo Star Wars Spinoff Movie 10 Star Wars Spin off Films We Want to See

You can fold it into the already-rumored Han Solo origin film, or make it the focus of a movie all its own – either way, we need to see a story about the meeting and bonding of smuggler buddies Han Solo and Chewbacca.

He’s a Corellian roughneck with a heart of gold, and he’s a noble Wookiee warrior. Together, they’re the unstoppable, parsec-hopping duo that will one day help bring peace to the galaxy. But today, they’re on the run and just trying to complete their latest job. It’s hard out there for a smuggler…”

WHY IT WOULD WORK: This is the 48 Hrs./Rush Hour/21 Jump Street-style buddy action/comedy the Star Wars universe needs. Cast a wise-cracking actor as young Han Solo, throw in a bunch of semi-racist Wookiee jokes, a love interest, a semi-noble quest and a dash of Indiana Jones-style adventure, and you have the sort of hit film the whole family buys tickets for. (And big merchandising opportunities thereafter - Wookiee doll$, baby!)

BONUS: The opportunity to give Chewbacca his own starring role. ‘Nuff said.

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Yoda’s Seven Samurai

Master Yoda Star Wars Seven Samurai Movie 10 Star Wars Spin off Films We Want to See

It was recently rumored that Man of Steel director Zack Snyder was interested in doing a Star Wars film based on Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai (and its remake, Magnificent Seven). Around the same time, it was also rumored that a Yoda standalone film could be on the horizon. Our thought: Why separate those two ideas when they clearly go together like PB&J?

Do we need to know the origins of baby Yoda (a story that has remained mysterious throughout Star Wars lore)? No. What we NEED to see is how that most unlikely of little green men earned his status as a galatic hero and legend. Zack Snyder’s “Jedi Seven Samurai” could do just that, by showing us an instance where Yoda’s wisdom and strength bested insurmountable odds, distinguishing him as a true Jedi master and hero.

WHY IT WOULD WORK: It features one of the most beloved (and marketable) Star Wars characters, in a story whose themes and ideas are so relatable to everything that makes Jedi cool (discipline, honor, courage, willpower, sword skill). Jedi have always been intergalactic samurai – so why not give us a samurai epic with a sci-fi twist? It practically sells itself.

BONUS: You could also include characters like Mace Windu (Samuel L. Jackson) and other Jedi Council members in their (slightly) younger years, adding some nice familiar faces to the tale.

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What do YOU want to see?

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With so much Star Wars lore having been established via the expanded universe – and all those stories that passionate fans have been either writing down or kicking around their own heads for years – there are plenty of great ideas for Star Wars spin-off films that we haven’t touched upon here.

Be sure to share some of YOUR ideas with us in the comments.

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Star Wars Episode VII is aiming to be in theaters sometime in 2015.

Artwork Sources: Fanpop, Comic Vine, Paul  Youll, Mauricio Herrera (El-Grimlock)LucasFilm, Wookieepedia, Dark Horse Comics

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  1. Wheres Darth Bane? Way better than some of these…

  2. Tales of the Jedi…

  3. The Thrawn Trilogy (consisting of Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, and The Last Command). Timothy Zahn should write the scripts for all the new Star Wars movies. He is an amazing author and personally responsible for the explosion of Star Wars Books – none of which were as amazing as the ones he wrote.

    Also MARA JADE adventures.

  4. DARK EMPIRE!

    DUH!

  5. Doing anything linked with a book or video game would be a wasted opportunity IMO for something original like a Obi-Wan film set between the prequels and originals. Though in the dark times when Star Wars appeared finished, both before and after the prequels, the idea of something based in the past from the Dark Horse comics would have been interesting……Sith Wars Episode 1 still sounds cool.

  6. Two words: Death Troopers.

  7. I wanna see a trilogy of SWTOR with Darth Malgus!
    Or Boba Fett or Darth Maul

  8. Definitely want to see the Darth Bane story get a movie…It’s the best Star Wars books I’ve ever read.

  9. I haven’t seen Star Wars ideas this bad since George Lucas!

  10. Why not do a movie based on the book “Outbound Flight”. It would introduce the Chiss and soon to be Grand Admiral Thawn. It would open the doors to make movies about Pellaeon, Jade, Fett or an original movie based on the Chiss ascendancy.

  11. Death Troopers is a must by all accounts

  12. Star Wars needs a writer who has a high testosterone level. Old age lowers testosterone. Let’s face it, when George Lucas was younger his movies were more of a thrill ride. One more concern that I have. When Disney purchased the franchise what were they planning to do with it? Most Disney shows are non violent. The very premise of star wars is violence. War is in the title. Take away the violence and you have star diplomacy. Bad bombing indeed. However, the violence doesn’t need to be over the top or gross. Also, use way less drama. This is not a soap opera. Use drama only at key moments. (Like when Han was frozen in carbonite.) Last but not least, keep cgi to a minimum. It detracts from the actors ability to react to things as if they are actually happening. Overuse of cgi in revenge of the Sith really ruined it. With this in mind, do all of the above, or something.

    • It has been said before, Disney has proven with Marvel and Pixar that they’re willing to allow the brands they’re buying to remain themselves. There’s a reason Planes wasn’t a Pixar film. I bet they’re gonna leave the same latitude to such an iconic brand as Star Wars. After all, it’s not in their best interest to shoot themselves in the foot by denaturing the franchise and incurring the public’s ire. Also, what we’ve heard so far points to the direction of righting the wrongs of the prequel trilogy. Last but not least, a true fan is directing ep. VII, so I’m quite confident.

  13. 3 words: Grand Admiral Thrawn……

  14. The Darth Bane trilogy is one of the best Star Wars stories from the Expanded Universe, EVER!
    With Disney saying that they will be doing a new trilogy, AND individual stories too, there is no reason whatsoever, that they should pass on a trilogy of movies based on the three Bane books!

    DO A DARTH BANE TRILOGY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Newr sarth vader series
    ninth assasin
    ghost prison
    lost command

    stand alone movies

    legacies – adult themed tv show 1-2 hour episodes spanning 14 season

    featueing
    cade skywalker

  16. While many of those mentioned film ideas would make great Animes(as would SPLINTER OF THE MIND’S EYE),having an Obi Wan Kenobi solo film alongside the Yoda and Han Solo solo films would be great,too,and solo films involving Qui Gon Jinn,Governor/Grand Moff Tarkin(on how he rose to become in charge of the Death Star[and his rise to power in the Empire]),Count Dokou(on how he rose to power and joined the Dark Side),Darth Maul(his beginning years,and the start of his association with Darth Sidious/Emperor Palpatine),Chewbacca,and Lando Calrissian,and an interquel to both RETURN OF THE JEDI and EPISODE 7 that involves Luke Skywalker developing onto the Jedi leader role[as another possible Anime]) would be grand,as well.

  17. I would love to see the sith apprentice training of Darth Sidious… He is the most powerful person seen on screen and I wanna see how he got that way

    • Read Star Wars Darth Plagueis. That’s the origin of Sidious. Plagueis is his master.

      • I have literally just finished Darth Plagueis and I have to say it was fantastic! Plus a great way to tie in, to where the prequels kick off from. When you realize just how big Palpatine’s arc is throughout the overall storyline (covering all the movies released so far), it’s quite a credit to Lucas. Who would have thought that he could have thought up such a long-term, crafty, convoluted but intelligent plot – I love Star Wars as much as the next person, but I am personally very glad to hear Lucas is not at the helm for anymore. The storytelling can only improve.

  18. The actor who make’s Starkiller already exist. He’s doing the “Being Human’ series:

    http://geekhardshow.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/672407-sam_witwer_nc_thumb_super-202×300.jpg

  19. I need a darth bane movie and darth plagueis. Totally need old republic movie. Give us a revan movie Disney

  20. This is what is confirmed…..

    SW: Boba Fett
    SW: Young Han Solo

    What I think is also coming

    SW: RED 5
    SW: Yoda
    SW: Obi-wan
    SW: Vader set between 3-4 which could be like a force unleashed thing
    And I also think we are getting 10 11 12 since there are treatments for them and that’s what Disney bought was the treatments.

  21. Star Wars: A Tale of Boba Fett

    Star Wars: The Adventures of Han Solo

    Star Wars: Chronicles of Red Five

  22. With you on much of this baby yoda definatley out of order how about his role as an dawn of force tech and his discovery of the way

  23. What I would love to see is a movie about arguably the most intriguing character in the Star Wars saga-Darth Vader. I want to see a film that covers the moments from when he is placed in his life support suit to about 5-10 years after that. The movie should explore all aspects of his life in those years, including him struggling with the psychological,physical and emotional issues he faced because of his turn to the dark side, his relationship with the Emperor, and, most of all, lots of fast, aggressive lightsaber combat that is the same speed as in the prequels, because, if he is so powerful, he should still be able to fight like that, atleast I think so. Lastly, I know there is at least one book that covers some of this time period, but a more comprehensive look at that period treated as a dark, well crafted film for adults would be incredible.

  24. I would like to see boba fett. Don’t remember the name of the book but it took place right after return of the Jedi with him climbing out of the sarlac pitt.

  25. What happened to Darth Revan, the being that mastered both sides of the force? I’d definitely pay to see that story unfold on the big screen

  26. STAR WARS LEGACY.

    Its got all you’d want out of a star wars movie, anti hero protagonist, hot alien love interest(s), bad ass heroes and villains alike, tons of action, political warfare, JEDI AND SITH GALORE,

    AND BOUNTY HUNTERS, BOUNTY HUNTERS, BOUNTY HUNTERS ! (A jedi becoming a bounty hunter after abandoning the jedi ways? and that same jedi being a descendant of the Skywalkers? I’ll give you my money now.)

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