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.


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.


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.


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!


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…


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).


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.


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?


Rogue Squadron

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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?


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.


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.


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.


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

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  1. I just want see a GOOD Shadows of the Empire, KOTOR, Republic Commando, and last but not least Rogue Squadron because I then have hope that they may include Wraith Squadron.

  2. Knights of the Old Republic is first and foremost on my list.

  3. What about the game Star Wars Bounty Hunter? A fantastic story, and it provides so much interesting backstory for why a shady bounty hunter like Jango Fett was chosen to be the template of a clone army in the first place. Not to mention, the Bando Gora are unlike anything we have seen in a Star Wars film to date.

  4. New Jedi Order as a trilogy. Start with Vector Prime and end with Unifying Force. This can lead into a Legacy of the Force trilogy.

    • I’d LOVE to see that but blood-and-gore-queasy Disney would screw up the Yuuzhan Vong epic. They’d make the Vong teddy bears or something…

      • No please stay away from the novels. No need to glorify them. Episode 7 is a good idea in the sense it will override the Zahn novels in particular.

      • Star Wars with blood and gore is not Star Wars.

  5. Knights of the Old Republic all the way!!!

  6. Kotor would make a great film or series. Its Jedi as regular ground forces duking it out with Sith ARMIES

    Force Unleashed would be great I mean come on Starkiller is an awesome character. (SOrry) I was rewatching Spartacus right now and I wonder if STARZ could make a Force Unleashed series

    • Great idea on the Force Unleashed series. I think that would work, heck they could even get Witwer to play Starkiller.

      • Force Unleashed was a disaster. The first game was OK but still had a lot of flaws. The second game sucked, it was a broken game and just rehashed the exact same thing in the first one but it was more broken.

        • Jesus your grammar is terrible. Bwahahaha

  7. Great ideas, the possibilities are endless, really excited about these films. They could be standalone films, a series like yutg mentioned, or shorts a la pixar disney. If they are thinking about Force Unleashed, they should do it quick, before Witwer gets old.

  8. Some of these seem kind of obvious. Just make a videogame adapation?

    Jedi Knight/Dark Forces was promising for a movie after the first game. But all it is a Han Solo-clone turned Skywalker-Jedi clone by the second and third games. Old Republic would be okay I suppose. But really get on a Bounty Hunters movie set in the post A New Hope/Empire Strikes Back time frame and get a completely unknown, edgy director who has never had a blockbuster hit but is a visionary doing indie films.

  9. No origin stories. The beauty of the original trilogy has always been the act of parachuting the viewer into the middle of things, and with a few hints, allowing him to create backstory on his own.

  10. I’d love to see the story of Ulic Qel-Droma and Nomi Sunrider, including the Redemption arc, but I guess it’d require more than one movie.
    Also, everyone talks about a KOTOR film inspired by the games, but the KOTOR comics are great too and I think the story of Zayne Carrick and Jarael would translate well on screen. Plus, Jarael is undoubtedly one of, if not THE hottest female character in the whole Dark Horse line, and a little eye candy never hurts.
    Last but not least, Cade Skywalker. Nuff said.

  11. I want to see Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn trilogy as episodes 7-9. It’s already there as far as I’m concerned and an alternate version of what happens after episode 6 wouldn’t sit right with me.

    • If they really plan on bringing the old cast onboard, it’s way too late for that. They’d more likely get inspiration from the second galactic civil war.

  12. As long as we don’t end up with another Ewok Adventures movie, I’m good.

  13. Haven’t played KOTOR nor do I know much about it, however from the sounds of its’ universe in this article, I believe it would probably be the most likely successful with the greatest potential to carry on.

  14. I was REALLY expecting to see Darth Bane’s trilogy on this list…I mean c’mon, those books are practically BEGGING to be released onto the big screen so people can see how the Sith went from legion to two!

    Get yo stuff together!

    • I think we’re the same person.
      Darth Bane is a friggin awesome villain and deserves to be seen on film. Not to mention yeah, most people will probably want to know why there were only ever two Sith at one time.

  15. OMG, I geekgasmed like 9 times reading this…

    • i know . if i had a genie my first wish would be to make all of these real. my second would to be in them. third…..i’d save for later

  16. Not for nothing.

    Hold your horses on Star Wars. Disney Annual Shareholder Meeting is coming up in March in Arizona.

    I will be in attendance, as I, my Mother and Two Hospital Unions in Philadelphia have shares in Disney.

    Bob Iger might be ousted based on his performance the past couple of years.

    California Pension board for teachers is voting to have Iger ousted, and they are gaining support.

    Top of the list, The Purchase of Lucas Film and the intention to produce a bunch of Star Wars Movies,that are projected to be…FAMILY ORIENTED. Disney wants to produce Star Wars from G Rating to PG Rating.

    This does not bode well.

    • Oh, the California Pension board was the force that got Michael Eisner ousted as Disney CEO.

      So, do not take them lightly if you do not know about them.

    • Bwahaha you don’t have any shares in Disney.

      • Uh, yeah I do, well family does. Believe it or not, at 55.38 a share, anyone can have Shares in Disney.

  17. Darth Bane trilogy. it explains the “Rule of Two”.

    • YES

  18. Um
    But on this list the Yoda, Obi-Wan, and Han Solo prequels are my favorite.

  19. I say cast Channing Tatum as Starkiller!

    • I say…no

    • starkiller was already modeled after sam witwer’s likeliness and has his voice too iirc

  20. On this list, Obi-Wan. There is so much potential and I would love to see Ewan tackle the role again (giving him some really great things to do.)

    Otherwise, I say the Dawn of the Jedi series based on John and Jan’s current comic. Slow build, but a lot of neat twists in the Jedi and probably Sith concepts. the Forcesaber is one of the single coolest ideas I ever read for Star Wars.

    • yes! Ewan was a great obi-wan. and he almost balances out Hayden’s terrible performance as anakin, almost. i heard rumors of Ewan returning to the role of obi-wan in episode 7 or eight not sure how that would work, but i kinda am excited at the prospect that he might be in episode 7, though i have a feeling it’l only be a flashback. {awkwardly long sentence, i know, but i couldn’t figure out how to split those up right, soo yeah.}

  21. I want to see some sort of scenario involving Jedi being cloned by either the republic or sith. Also there is the idea that explores palpatine’s, dooku’s, or even mace windu’s background

  22. Darth Plagueis and maybe a young palpatine?

  23. i would personally love to see the Darth Revan arc since he was regarded as one of the strongest force user of all time plus the betrayal and redemption aspect.. Would make for ant awesome movie

  24. or even a movie with darth malgus and satele shan… mmm imagine olivia wilde as satele

  25. After reading the Force Unleashed book, I really thought to myself “this must be made into a movie” it was as though some of the best fans of star-wars went in and fixed all the missing links (or at least many of them) between the films. I absolutely think that the actor who played starkiller in Force Unleashed (Sam Witwer) should definitely play him, he is awesome in “being human”.

  26. A remake or expansion of 4,5 and 6 would be better..

  27. They should make a Legacy movie. The story of Luke’s descendant who became a bounty hunter after the Jedi academy was attacked. It’s something new. Here we have a guy who is force sensitive but is a bounty hunter. Let’s face it a person who uses a blaster and has force abilities and can use a light-saber it just kicks ass. It’s the story of someone who is conflicted and who has lost his way and must find the hero’s path. This above all is what makes it great.

  28. Darth Bane. The trilogy of novels featuring this most iconic Sith is easily some of the hardest books to drop down i’ve ever read. You just cant stop reading them.
    And who wouldnt want to watch the story of a cortosis miner turned soldier turned into the most badass Sith Lord ever. The man who set down the Rule of Two that basically defined the Sith for millenia after his supposed death. Plenty of inner conflict in the character to in his formative years… All in all the stand-alone movie(s) I would like to see most, and besides the Sith need some redemption after being turned into whiny spoiled brats by Anakin.