3 Tips on How To Do ‘Star Wars’ Spinoff Movies Right

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Thanks to the overwhelming success of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, the concept of shared world building has become the norm in the realm of blockbuster entertainment. In the wake of the record-setting The Avengers, studios such as Sony, Fox, and Warner Bros. have looked to expand their intellectual properties in upcoming films like Sinister Six, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Batman vs. Superman.

While the artistic merits of such a strategy are open for debate, it’s hard to argue with the financial gains studios can generate using this model – which is why even franchises not based on comic books are starting to adopt it. After shocking the Internet by purchasing Lucasfilm, Disney not only announced that Star Wars: Episode 7 was in development, but that they also intended to release spinoff films in between the core “episodes.” Their intention is to release a new Star Wars film each year, and last week Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed that three spinoffs are currently in the works.

As fans gear up for their return trip to a galaxy far, far away next December, they’re also beginning to ponder the concept of revisiting their favorite series annually for the foreseeable future. Spinoffs are an exciting proposition filled with possibilities, but there’s also some concern about this prospect, which is why we’re offering our ways to do Star Wars spinoffs the “right” way. It’s all a matter of perspective, but if the filmmakers follow these guidelines, we think most will agree they’ll turn out well.

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1. Avoid Franchise Fatigue

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The Marvel Studios method of “solo films leading into big team-ups” is perceived by many as the “correct” way of handling a massive shared movie universe, but it honestly depends on the situation. For example, WB is building towards Justice League, but it will be the third installment in a trilogy that started with 2013’s Man of Steel instead of the endpoint after a series of origin stories. Basically, what works for Marvel (annual releases) doesn’t necessarily work for others because all franchises are not created equally.

“Franchise fatigue” is an expression that gets tossed around a lot in the film industry, but it’s a very real thing and a legitimate concern for studios to contemplate. For example, underperforming domestic box office numbers for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 are in part being attributed to the fact that Marc Webb’s sequel is the fifth film in twelve years to feature your Friendly Neighborhood hero.

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Star Wars films have always been major events for several reasons, chief among them the avoidance of the franchise fatigue phenomenon. Both the original and prequel trilogies saw their installments hit theaters every three years, giving fans and moviegoers ample time to build anticipation and excitement at the idea of going back to that world. Even the lukewarm reception of the prequels didn’t stop each movie from scoring a higher opening weekend than its predecessor. Not only does that illustrate the strength of the brand, it also shows what can happen when you don’t flood multiplexes with new movies every year.

The sudden shift of “once every three years” to “one every year” has the potential to dilute the brand and take away part of what made the previous movies so special. There are some exceptions (Lord of the Rings), but it’s typical for studios to release franchise installments every couple of years. Disney obviously wants to make the most of their $4 billion investment, but if casual audiences lose interest due to there being “too many” Star Wars films, they won’t see anywhere close to the types of profits they envisioned. So how can they confront this issue?

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Originally, Episode 7 was supposed to be released in the summer of 2015, keeping in line with the franchise’s history. However, Disney is committed to making this property work, so they commissioned a script change and even delayed the film to December in order to give JJ Abrams and his team all the time they needed to deliver the best product possible. Since they’ve already shown a willingness to be flexible with the series relaunch, we’d like to think they’d display similar patience when it came to putting together their spinoff films. Rushing a project into production for the sake of box office returns could damage the name (which needs all the rehab it can get after Hayden Christensen, Jar-Jar Binks, and Midi-chlorians) and cause die-hards to skip out when the next one rolls around.

Essentially, this boils down to the simple argument of taking your time to get it right. Make sure there’s a solid screenplay in place. Hire talented directors like Abrams (or Zack Snyder, who had an interesting idea for a Jedi movie) and give them the creative freedom to let their imaginations run wild. Don’t worry about hitting a target release date; as well-received pictures in the extensive MCU have shown, as long as you keep making good movies, people will come to the theater.

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2. #ItsNotConnected? Take Advantage!

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Marvel is known for #ItsAllConnected thanks to their balancing of multiple feature films, a collection of one-shot shorts on home media releases, and TV shows, but the Lucasfilm brain trust has a different idea when compared to their superhero colleagues. Although the spinoffs will obviously take place in the main Star Wars universe, they are NOT going to be connected to the events of the new sequel trilogy, meaning that there won’t be an obligation to include certain characters in every film.

This could cause some to view the spinoffs as inconsequential since the “next” film won’t be continuing the main story, but this actually has the potential to be exceptionally rewarding from a creative standpoint, since writers and directors will have some freedom over whatever film they’re assigned.

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One of the major criticisms lobbied at films like Iron Man 2 and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is that they sacrifice a compelling character story for the sake of introducing characters and plot threads that will be later developed in future installments. The serialization of big-budget films has upset some, since not every development will have a satisfying payoff and not every character will be as fleshed out as immediately possible. Television dramas like Breaking Bad acquire a rabid following by slowly establishing key aspects of story and character, but most prefer their movies to tell a complete narrative in one sitting, and if anything’s left dangling, they question why it was there to begin with.

The announcement that Star Wars spinoffs will be their own separate entity could remove the possibility of this happening. However, Lucasfilm recently said that there will be a “story group” in charge of managing the universe and coordinating different events over a variety of platforms. So while the films won’t be directly connected, they do have to fit together as one unified (and consistent) canon. This is all fine, since it gives the Star Wars universe a creative foundation, but the element of creative freedom could become an issue if everything storywise needs to be approved by the powers that be.

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As we’ve written before, making everything fit in place in a large interconnected franchise can have its toll on directors, since many of them are used to having full reign over their movies. Those pesky “creative differences” can lead to tension behind the scenes, causing a ripple effect that could damage the franchise going forward. If Lucasfilm were to earn a similar reputation to their Disney brethren Marvel, high-profile filmmakers might pause at the notion of taking on a Star Wars job.

Since Disney hasn’t been too stubborn about planning (recall our earlier point about delaying Episode 7), they could probably take a similar approach to the spinoffs, giving directors more room to breathe. The goal of putting out one film per year is a potential hinderance, so we’d encourage Mickey Mouse to have fun with these spinoffs and allow a variety of fresh takes on the franchise. Be imaginative. If the films don’t have to be directly connected to each other, then there’s no need to force things to come together.

Which plays into our next point…

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3. Eliminate the Narrow Focus

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In these early stages of Star Wars spinoffs, the so-called “big three” that are being discussed are a Han Solo origin film, a solo Boba Fett movie, and a story focused on Yoda. These are no doubt three of the most popular characters the studio has at their disposal, which is why these are the movies being developed, but it raises a critical issue that Disney executives should consider.

One pitfall the prequels fell into was an obsession with shoehorning in original trilogy characters just for the sake of them being in there. While it offered something familiar for audiences, it seemed to neglect the fact that the Star Wars galaxy is very expansive and is populated by a plethora of otherworldly beings.

Granted, since the core saga chronicled the adventures of the Skywalker clan during two very specific points in the universe’s history, it would be expected that the same circle of characters would keep popping up. However, since Episode 7 will continue the focus on sci-fi’s famous family, the spinoffs should offer something different by showcasing corners of the universe we’ve never explored before.

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While the spinoffs won’t be connected to the main episodes, the ones currently being discussed could fall into their trappings. A Han Solo origin film might be fun for fans, but it’d still have to hit certain beats (meeting Chewie, encountering Jabba the Hutt) in order to keep in line with the events of the classic trilogy. Even a Yoda Begins type of movie would reopen the concern about the removal of dramatic tension in franchise filmmaking. Most of these characters had rich arcs in their previous appearances, posing the question of how much ground there is left to cover.

It’s possible that Disney is only using these as a starting point, going with recognizable characters to draw people in. Boba Fett, for all his brief screen time, is one of the more iconic characters in the franchise; characters like Boba and Yoda (and Chewie) are no doubt also attractive to the studio because of their merchandising potential. That said, the Star Wars brand is big enough that it would be able to carry a film featuring new characters.

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In the very first movie, Obi-Wan Kenobi mentioned the 1,000 generations that the Jedi protected – why not go back in time and tell an interesting story about those characters (possibly using the Knights of the Old Republic video game as a guide)? A Fett-centric tale that explores bounty hunter culture (think Star Wars meets Goodfellas) has potential, but it would be wasted if he just tracked down Han Solo. There were probably other bounties he hunted in his life.

Ideally, the spinoffs would blend the familiar with new worlds and experiences to keep the proceedings fresh instead of rehashing old things. When you’re working in a gigantic, captivating world, you should use that opportunity to show fascinating things happen to other people besides the Skywalkers and Solos. Of course, each spinoff would have to be focused on its own tight cast, but opening new corners and possibilities would be more creative and give the Mouse House new marketing opportunities as they sell new merchandise featuring the spinoff characters. If there’s no need to connect the spinoffs with the main saga, then there’s literally a galaxy’s worth of possibility for spinoffs. Think wide.

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Conclusion

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Of course, that’s just what we’d do in order to ensure the Star Wars spinoffs are great pieces of entertainment. Now we toss it over to you in the comments section. Sound off below and let us know what kinds of spinoffs you’d like to see on the big screen and what you’d do to make sure it worked.

Star Wars: Episode 7 hits theaters December 18, 2015. The spinoffs are currently in development and are without release dates.

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  1. Great article. I am not even a Star Wars fan, but the possibility of all this creative is really pushing me to watch the movies again and be anxious for the upcoming ones. You can’t deny that Disney has given a new dimension to Marvel with all those movies. even if it’s only for the money.

  2. It is a very exciting time to be a star wars fan. These are all good suggestions

  3. Finally a ReasonsWhy/Tips/Top(#) article that speaks truth. Good article Chris!

  4. Honestly Chris you really, really have to get over your PT hate. Just let it go and move on.

    You just have to accept that the PT were simply huge hit movies that made billions of dollars in box office, TV, DVD, Blu-Ray and merchandise sales and that a whole new generation of fans were created by them.

    You can’t go a few sentences it seems without needless and inaccurate blasts:

    “Even the lukewarm reception of the prequels didn’t stop each movie from scoring a higher opening weekend than its predecessor.:

    IIRC they were the 1st, 4th and 2nd in their respective years of release. Hardly lukewarm.

    “Rushing a project into production for the sake of box office returns could damage the name (which needs all the rehab it can get after Hayden Christensen, Jar-Jar Binks, and Midi-chlorians)”

    The only rehab is for all these ‘prequels were failures’ obsessed people who don’t want to acknowledge the truth of their success and that nothing was damaged in the least other than in their own minds. You probably think the PT was done all CG as well and ignore the reality that there were more practical VFX in each single PT film than the entire OT combined plus in an incredible number of sets built along with models, miniatures, matte paitings, live action plates and photography and anything else you can think of plus CGI. All it is really is a very useful tool just like anything else.

    “One pitfall the prequels fell into was an obsession with shoehorning in original trilogy characters just for the sake of them being in there.”

    Off hand I can’t think of one character this applies to. Certainly not a major one. Let’s see Obi-Wan, Yoda, Anakin were kind of expected as well as the Emperor etc. The only thing that even approaches this in any meaningful way is Boba Fett and he was really turned into Jango anyway. I mean you really aren’t complaining about Jabba and Bib Fortuna showing up at a pod race on Tatooine.

    If you want to talk about obsession of characters we just learned that Denis Lawson was asked to come back as Wedge!

    Methinks you better start changing that P in PT to an S because the shoehorning attempts have officially begun.

    • Actually there are two major characters that this point applies to, R2-D2 and C3P0. Neither of these characters was a necessity in the prequel trilogy. The two “loveable” droids that became such a mainstay in the original trilogy were definitely shoe-horned into the prequel trilogy. Obi-wan would obviously be telling the truth when he said he didn’t remember ever “owning” any droids in Ep 4, but he had enough interaction with these particular two in the prequels that he would have remembered them and made some kind of reference to it. None of the things that the droids did in the prequels were something so iconic that it couldn’t have been done by a different new character, whether it was a human character or just a different droid.

      • Yes! And we didn’t need the lame introduction to Owen and Beru either.

    • Dude, if you like the prequels, good for you. However, acting like there aren’t legitimate reasons for others to not like them is just not going to accomplish anything positive.

      (1) Lukewarm reception refers to their critical reception, including that by many fans.
      (2) The point about rehabbing the Star Wars name is valid. You may have loved certain things, but many people didn’t.
      (3) Boba Fett, the droids, Tatooine, possibly Chewbacca, as well as plenty of jokes and other recycled elements.

      Again, valid points to make, even if not every individual might feel so.

    • I actually watched Ep3 the other day on TV, I had forgotten just how terrible the acting and dialoge was. What it had going for was the brand name, cool battles and silly talking droids for the kids. How well do you think Ep1 would have done when it was released if Ep4-6 hadn’t already been released. If Disney didn’t feel the prequels had serious issues, I think Lucas would be far more involved.

      • Epsiode 3 was certainly the best of the lot, but it still wasn’t anything like the originals. I’ll never ever get over how badly they ruined the Emperor, his face looks nothing like it does in ROTJ. Not evil, just fat, old and stupid.

        AFAIC the prequels tell a story in a separate universe, there is no way I could EVER associate them with the glory of the originals. I can watch those time and again.

        • I agree with that EP3 was the best of the lot, to me, it feels like it should have been two films and really felt like he was just trying cram to much into it. Anakin Fall seemed very rushed, dear god, his lines at the end with Padme and Obi made me cringe (I’ve seen Natalie Portman see it far better in other films). At points the Emperor looked ok (I think they took the change of his look to far), but again its some of the acting and lines that made me cringe. What was with the change to his voice?

          If I’m perfectly honest, I would rather than when Disney bought Star Wars they did a complete reboot from EP1, EP4 is ok, Ep5 is brilliant and Ep6 was pretty good until they got on Endor, then it starts to go downhill.

          With Spinoff films, I’d rather see a Vader spinoff (or 3) set between Ep3-4, I would really like to see films to really explore just how far Vader fell before EP6 and just how badly the loss Padme effected him. I want to see it end for his first scene from EP4! Maybe have a one/Bionic handed Mace in it :D

          I have no interest in seeing an Han Solo origin story, now a Boba Fett one could be cool if it links into the new films exploring his relation with the kamino more.

          Yoda I’m not fused either way, I enjoyed his fight scenes.

          As Biff said, a KOTOR spinoff would also be amazing, I think it would be cool if it was based on the first game, exploring Revans rise and fall.

    • The point the writer is making, is that by doing this it makes the SW universe seem that much smaller. Yoda and Boba Fett are prime examples of OT characters being unecessarily shoehorned into the PT films. They didn’t add anything to the narrative in any way and had no reason for being there. Yoda knows Chewbacca now? Really? Ridiculous.

  5. Yeah, pretty sure you’ve never seen the prequels. The PT shoehorning OT characters? Well let’s see…there’s Chewbacca and then…no one!

    As for a KOTOR spin-off, I would hope that the ST is the last for the saga. Does anyone really want to see the feature films become as ridiculously cluttered and convoluted as the EU? I fear that the answer to that question for many would be “yes”, but I do sincerely hope that Disney decides to start anew after this first round and give us a KOTOR saga. Something distinctly Star Wars, but in no way tied to the current saga.

    So here’s my top 3 spin-offs (in no particular order):

    1) Clones! An entire movie focusing on a band of clones during the height of the Clone Wars. I’m thinking the Umbaran story arc from TCW, but done right for the big screen.

    2) Han Solo. You’ve got Fett, Jabba, Chewie, and Lando that you could bring into the story without having to force the issue. No-brainer.

    3) Rogue Squadron. Or really any Rebel fighter group. But don’t make it cheesy and cartoony like the EU. Make it more gritty and real like the Battle of Yavin.

    • Oh, come on. Just Chewbacca? R2-D2 and C-3PO weren’t shoehorned in? The Fetts weren’t shoehorned in? Tarkin wasn’t shoved in there for nothing but fan service? Plus, the Lars family were introduced in the lamest most fan-fiction way. The PT was pretty idiotic in the way it not only forced familiar characters into the story but also in the specific scenes and situations in which they showed up.

      3PO (of all the millions of droids in the Star Wars universe) being a major player in both trilogies is lame enough….but he used to belong to Luke’s dad? Give me a break. The whole trilogy is full of silly fan service like this.

      • Shoehorning requires characters to show up for no reason at all. And my only problem with Chewbacca showing up (it’s not a big stretch that he’d be on Kashyyyk) is that he was given a bigger role.

        Fett was an integral part of the story as were Owen and Beru (can’t have Luke living with random people on Tatooine and you don’t want to spend an excessive amount of time on their characters).

        3P0 didn’t need to be in the OT either. He’s less consequential a character than Jar Jar. So what? Not every character has to be vital to a story’s plot.

        Tarkin and Mon Mothma are background characters that only us fanboys would notice, and both of them make sense being seen exactly where they are.

    • Why make a clone wars movie when they had 6 seasons and an animated film? seems like a massive retread. Sure it would hit new audiences but millions of people have already seen the story of the clones. Not that I wouldn’t appreciate it, I just think its unnecessary at this point.

      • We didn’t get six seasons of just clones. And I’d argue that some of the best episodes of TCW were the ones that focused on the just the clones. There are still a lot of interesting stories during that time period that could be told. What about a movie focusing on Rex and Cody after Order 66. Now that’d be interesting.

  6. Battle for Endor 2!

  7. In regards to the franchise fatigue thing, Marvel does release multiple films a year but never in the same franchise. The solo films always take a 2 year break, this keeps things fresh and avoids overexposure.

    • R2 and 3PO?

      No one could be serious about this?

      Decades before the PT was made even when he never thought they would ever really get made he said they were in all 12 movies (before it became 9).

      Owen and Beru?

      For the few minutes they were there they were needed to set up Luke’s eventual placement there nevermind it was masterfully tied into a pivotal point in Anakin’s journey.

      There were really good story reasons for having Tatooine in the PT. I hope that the same will be able to be said for it’s apparent appearance in the ST.

      • Masterfully tied in? I…honestly don’t know how to respond to that. How many movies have you actually seen, that this seems masterful to you?

        And in what way does it matter if Lucas said the droids would be in all 12 movies? If the Wachowski siblings told us that the Matrix Revolutions plot was worked out before they ever filmed the original would this somehow make Revolutions a quality movie full of good ideas? I don’t follow your reasoning here at all. A bad idea is a bad idea regardless of how early it was conceived.

        Anyway, there might just possibly have been a clever way to introduce them into the prequels, but it almost certainly would have required them interacting with characters we’d never seen before and never coming into contact with Anakin, Obi-wan, etc. That’s just lazy and silly writing. As long as the movie was going to be about Obi-wan and Anakin it’s just dumb for the droids to have been associated with them for about a million reasons, first and foremost being that Obi-wan doesn’t remember the droids at all in Episode IV.

        • +1000000

  8. I want to see a Darth Maul origin story, the originally-planned film on Wookies, and also an ewoks film. Lando would be cool, too.

    • There are two ewok films, and I’m pretty sure you don’t want to see either of them.

  9. What would really make a cool spinoff series and could very easily be multiple movies is the story of the sith. Start with Palpatine and his “master” and how Palpatine became Darth Sidious. Then the next movie could be that master’s arc in becoming a sith and so on. This would introduce an older version of a character and then go back to that character’s youth in the next movie.
    It would also serve to fill in some of the history of the SW universe that could be then referenced in the main movies.
    Your welcome for giving you this great idea Disney!

  10. Here’s a tip, how about you respect the fans Disney? I’m sick and tired of them thinking that they have to make Star Wars more childish to draw in bigger audiences. Seriously! They’ve destroyed so much lore (expanded universe) and great assets (Lucasarts) and for what? Star Wars Rebels!?! A show that looks more childish than the Clone Wars and also steals elements from Star Wars the Force Unleased? The movies might end up being really good (thanks to J.J. Abrams) but Disney has created scars that will never heal.

    • EU lore (and books) is pretty lousy for the most part. Also, SW always has been for kids (or “childish” as you like to put it). I don’t understand how people cannot see this.

  11. This article’s thesis has the same problem every critic (and hardcore fan) makes; you are assuming the studio is going to cater to the critic and hardcore fan. As much as I would like that (being a hardcore fan) I am realistic and I know there are not enough of us for that to happen. They have to cater to general audiences to make it possible. And none of your suggestions will appeal to general audiences. They want familiar characters and stories.

    • I have to respectfully disagree. Unlike Marvel, Star Wars: The Brand, is enough to put butts in the seats. Having a character in Jedi robes wielding a lightsaber while standing next to an R2 unit is enough familiarity to draw an audience.

      • Maybe. Maybe not. No one knows yet. Until the first spin off sets a precedent.

        Is Yoda, or Boba Fett going to get casual fans to the theatres? I suspect so. Will Quinlan Vos or Darth Malek? I kind of doubt it. I would pay big money to see those characters. But I doubt many people who don’t post on these sites will.

        • Well, one could always note that no one knew who Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader were prior to 1977, and plenty of people paid to see A New Hope.

          Any film with the Star Wars brand, and which gets positive reviews, can probably be expected to make big money, even if it introduces new or previously obscure characters.

  12. I would prefer a Star Wars film every two years probably, but I will definitely go see one every year if that does happen.

    My thought for spin-offs is that it would be nice for them to experiment with different types of film-making. The once-rumored “Jedi Seven Samurai” idea sounds good, and frankly that’s about the only context in which I am interested in seeing Yoda. Certainly not a Yoda biography.

    A film that explores the underworld, with Han Solo and/or Boba Fett, would be a nice change of pace from the Jedi-centric main saga. Something darker.

    The Old Republic makes good sense, and as someone else mentioned, it’d be great to see a Wookie-centric film.

  13. Thank you.. I cannot agree with you more. Well said, well done

  14. Sorry but it’s just the same old, same old extremly weak “arguements” about Obi-Wan and the droids and the reception of the movies and this and that.

    I’ve read them all many, many times and if that is really all you have then you have nothing.

    I would say you are the ones who are taking everything too seriously. Man fans didn’t like things. Well many fans did.

    I can only imagine the roasting that ESB would have gotten from many people if the media world of today existed then as now. Did Obi-Wan “forget” that Vader was Luke’s father? In universe obviously not so I don’t at all see why anyone would have a problem that he wouldn’t mention “Oh yeah I knew these droids for years when I was training your father before he went to the Dark Side.”

    Next you’ll be complaining that Padme wasn’t mentioned either! Oh and BTW how come the term Sith was never mentioned once in the entire OT and why didn’t they bring up the rule of 2 and why didn’t they… and so on. Part of the PT’s mission was to make up for the inherent storytelling failures of the OT which was by design but there nonetheless.

    Do I really need to go on?

    I amaze at talk of recycled elements. OK then I immediately want tons of ST bashing right now for all the tons of things that movie will recyle because it is going to happen. You know the one with the droids and the trio and Chewbacca that they are making?

    Talking of shoehorning Boba Fett into the movie is hilarious as they are shoehorning an entire film around a guy who was a minor henchmen at best.

    • Look, man. The prequels were cartoony, campy and stale in spite of an all-star cast. You don’t get such dry performances from the likes of Natalie Portman, Samuel L. Jackson, Liam Neeson and Christopher Lee without the script being majorly flawed. All three films placed spectacle over substance, with overlong CGI battles consuming huge portions of the running time while major characters like Dooku and Grievous appear essentially out of nowhere (yet the audience is supposed to accept them as major players through exposition, rather than proper introduction).

      The overarching story of the prequel trilogy was good. I won’t complain about midi-chlorians, original trilogy cameos or the mythology of the Jedi and Sith. I will certainly and vocally complain about bad dialogue, characterization and direction, which the prequels demonstrated in droves. The original films have their share of flaws, too, but they pale in comparison to those of the prequels.

  15. You had me until “Hire talented directors like … Zack Snyder”

    It’d be nice to see a wider universe in all the new movies.

    I don’t want to see Palpatine ever again, I don’t want to see Chewie with grey hair, or C3PO gone a bit rust, and I’m not that keen on Ford phoning in another film like the last Indie movie. Given that he seemed to like playing Indie and Solo, not so much, it’ll be interesting to see how much he really puts into the role.

    Luke as Jedi Master would be fun, that’s about all.

    • I know exactly where you’re coming from..

      We need real performances here. I’m ready to attack this thing if it’s mediocre in any way. I never felt Star Wars in the prequels, I better bloody feel it in Ep VII.

  16. Meesa don’t understand what yousa a sayin

  17. 4) Have an adult SW offering and a kids offering, alternating releases. When I say adult, I mean darker, more violent, with adult characters and themes. No kid characters, no goofy alien sidekicks.

    The main whiners in SW fandom are adults, because they can’t seem to realize their nostalgia is based on memories from when they were 12, not 32. So give the adults some kick as SW, and give the kids what they’ve always loved. Yes, kids LOVED the prequel movies, despite all the bitter mewling from adults.

  18. I’ll take as many star wars films as they can make a year thank you very much.

    and lets not forget, Star Wars was always meant to be an ongoing serial based experience. If you want a straightforward being – middle – end (AKA predictable) experience… you are in the wrong place with star wars.

    • I agree on the article, but I need to nit pick about one of the artwork on one side the Sith and the other side of Jedi. Love the artwork but Luke has a green lightsaber. The blue one he had was his fathers.

  19. I wish I had 4 billion. Star Wars is a cash cow. No way any investor doesn’t make billions of an initial 4 billion investment. The first trilogy alone will clear 3 billion net profit on 1.2 billion investment. 200 mil for each episode and another 200 Each for marketing. It will take a decade to make the money back but after that it’s pure profit.

  20. The Darth Plagueis star wars book would make an excellent movie!

  21. one name…..Raven

  22. Multiple directors for several trilogies, (9)+(6)
    Get 8 or nine writers to build a new mythos using the standards.
    Have specific Directors based on style to execute small productions on a large scale.
    Sorta, Lucas’s budget meets, anyone who can do that scene to the fullest.
    Anyone would volunteer to rotate directorial duties,
    This is probably the biggest thing to happen, ever,
    Letting J.J. Abrams destroy this all by himself is not fair.
    Leisure for a director is in between pictures,
    let them have that much, if these guys are as good as their glut suggest,

    Jack Slater: Kid! Who does the doctor treat?
    Danny Madigan: Patients?
    Jack Slater: Look at the elbow of my jacket. What is it doing?
    Danny Madigan: Wearing thin?
    Jack Slater: Bingo!”

    Okay, so Jack Slater, is more quote worthy than,… something written over 30 years ago. If they go about it in the method J.J. Abrams has previously shown with Star Trek, then Disney gets to build another John Carter/somebody else did all the work for you,you repackaged it,Disney block bluster wanna-been. Multiple directors for multiple, simultaneous movies is one thing, if the goal was set in stone, and people did what they were supposed to or nothing at all, “It’s friggin’ Star Wars”, then you are not relying solely on one person and one version, of a larger story. Save your money Disney, make sure the first one works right first, multiple directors, best action for the scene, best drama for the scene, make a new standard. That is what the Star Wars franchise did for movies. Again, 20th century Fox ownership of certain Marvel properties along with all of the other properties currently being mass marketed, will inevitably hinder the comic book industry as a medium for intellectual entertainment.

    {Make the first one with every door open for the rest of them, go from there. There are way too many action-oriented directors to pass up the shot to build a huge-budget Jedi fight sequence that would be played over and over and over and over again.}

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