‘Star Wars’ Spinoff Movies Unrelated to Saga Episodes

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Rumor-mongering about Star Wars: Episode VII and the developing spinoff films is only going to intensify over the next few months, as J.J. Abrams prepares to begin shooting the seventh live-action installment in the space opera franchise. Similarly, if Disney/Lucasfilm intend to stick to their plan of releasing a Star Wars movie every year (beginning with Episode VII), that means the first spinoff will need to start production before 2014 draws to a close (or not too long thereafter).

Reports thus far point to the first spinoffs centering around a young Han Solo and Boba Fett, with the former exploring Solo’s origins onscreen, while the latter is rumored to introduce an all-new character, who gets ahold of the iconic Star Wars bounty hunter’s Mandalorian armor. New comments made by Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy seem to support some of these rumors, while also casting doubts about the authenticity of the other unconfirmed reports.

Kennedy and Star Wars creator George Lucas recently made the journey to Singapore, where they commemorated the opening of the Sandcrawler Building, an eight-story tall visual artist workplace modeled after the Jawas’ famous mode of transportation (see the video above). During a related interview with The Straits Times (hat tip Toys Revil and /Film), Kennedy revealed that although the spinoffs will take place within the Star Wars universe, they won’t be closely tied to the central saga episodes.

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Here is the quote attributed to Kennedy:

“George [Lucas] was so clear as to how that works. The canon that he created was the Star Wars saga. Right now, episode seven falls within that canon. The spin-off movies, or we may come up with some other way to call those films, they exist within that vast universe that he created.

“There is no attempt being made to carry characters (from the standalone films) in and out of the saga episodes. Consequently, from the creative standpoint, it’s a roadmap that George made pretty clear.”

We’ve heard talk about the new Star Wars cinematic universe being modeled after Marvel Studios’ film-verse, but Kennedy’s comments indicate that may not be so true. While The Avengers installments bring together the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s big players, even as supporting characters move in and out of different films – and now TV series (see: Sif guest-starring on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) – to create a greater sense of unification, it sounds as though the Star Wars spinoffs and Episodes might feature completely different casts altogether.

Not to say that’s a bad idea – as Kennedy points out, the Star Wars universe is quite big, and that’s something that various authors have taken advantage of with their ‘Expanded Universe’ Star Wars novels. From a storytelling perspective, there’s no real need for every Star Wars movie to include many (or any) of the same characters. Indeed, such an approach would arguably be a course-correction after the prequels, which tended to go out of their way to tie together popular characters and key events, to say the least (see: Anakin creating C-3PO, Yoda encountering Chewbacca, etc.).

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As for the rumored Han Solo and Boba Fett spinoffs: the former remains a possibility, since it could be that Episode VII will serve as a send-off to the older version of the Solo character (played by Harrison Ford), and therefore an origin film might feel quite separate from the events in Episodes VII-IX.

Meanwhile, those rumors about the us getting a brand new Boba Fett imagined by screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan (who wrote The Empire Strikes Back and is helping Abrams rewrite Episode VII) don’t really seem to gel with Kennedy’s comments about the next wave of Star War movies following a roadmap that Lucas planned out – but we’ll have to wait and see, of course.

Keep your eyes peeled, as more Star Wars news and/or rumors are bound to show up online soon. In the meantime, let us know your own thoughts and theories about how the upcoming Saga Episodes and spinoffs will (or should) tie together, in the comments section of this article.

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Star Wars: Episode VII opens in theaters on December 18th, 2015.

Source: The Straits Times [via Toys Revil and /Film]

Artwork by “Drawing Man

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  1. Its good to have some different models of franchises. And specially..with the sheer number of characters and the entire universe to play in.
    I’m not too sold on the Han Solo spinoff movie though. I think Leia, Luke and Solo…that’s the entire stars wars episodes (Prequels, in my mind, are essentially like the appendixes of LOTR..good..but not the same thing)…. I think that should stay the same.
    There are plenty of characters to do spinoffs for. Boba Fett definitely. Maybe something about Mace Windu and Yoda..or..origin of jedi.
    It would be interesting if they keep the original episode 1-6 as the midpoint. Movies with episode 7 moving forward…Spinoffs going backwards…to the times before episode 1….adding to the universe. They could also serve as filling the gaps..but for me…Episode 1-6 is very complete.

  2. am I the only one who would love to see not only a boba fett spinoff, but want that movie to start with Boba fett blasting his way out of the sarlock pit? to me that would be epic.

    • AGREED!!!

    • Boba Fett: Back from the dead suckas

    • Yeah, I’ve been talking about that as being a good opening for it and people generally agree.

    • The movie starts with a pan over the desert with a close up on the sarlacc pit and Bobba Fett cutting his way out. After that he goes on a crazy bounty hunt across the galaxy while the battle of endor is going on. I dont want a new one who magically finds the armor. dumb.

  3. Now I may be reading to much into the quote from Kennedy
    But if – ‘the canon that he created was the Star Wars saga’ – does that mean that they are not considering the Clone Wars animated stuff (movie and show) to be canon?
    I certainly hope that they ignore that stuff as they go ahead with the new trilogy

    • technically, the clone wars wasn’t really part of the canon. it was pretty much a cash grab after attack of the clones. there’s so much in that series that doesn’t fit w/ the movies. especially w/ obi-wan & anakin wearin’ armor & all that kinda stuff.

      • I think it was more than just a cash grab, it opened up the universe a lot, and showed us loads of back stories of characters from both trilogies (like Bossk!). In one way it was the story of Asoka Tano, the first episode introduced her and the final episode was when she decided to leave the jedi. Some of the 3 or 4 episode story arcs were more interesting than the films.

        • Agreed.

      • Actually, it WAS part of canon. Anything done by Lucas was canon. Lucas not only oversaw the Clone Wars animated show, he provided very specific story direction on basically all of the story arcs and characters. So, yes, it was canon. While the animated movie was bad, mainly because it was really just a story arc of 3 animated episodes instead of real movie, the rest of the animated series was actually pretty good. It was much better than anything from the prequels.

        • Actually, only the movies are true canon. That was established by Lucas himself. He did have a big part in clone wars, but for now I think he doesn’t want to decide if it is true canon or not.

  4. Mara Jade and an all female Star Wars film. That’s all I ask.

  5. milk that cow named Star Wars….

  6. Then years down the road they will want all the movies to tie together and explain it away in a single time travel movie starring every single Starwars character ever…. oh wait this sounds familiar.

  7. An animated series tying in the massive time span set between the Classic and Sequel Trilogy, starring the Big Three, would’ve been a fantastic way to introduce the new generation towards Star Wars and market such campaign, but sadly, the rumor came and went (as most rumors seem to be perceiving).

    Serving as a sidenote, I am not too big on bringing Boba Fett back alive since bad-ass characters eventually die, even Boba Fett. If I were placed in J.J’s shoes, I would’ve said f*ck it and reboot the ENTIRE Star Wars franchise beginning from Episodes 1 to 6, and then work my way up towards the Sequel Trilogies. I am aware that the reboot would include the Classics, but they will always be available in online websites and DVD Stores to embrace its grace.

    • boba fett never died in the sarlaac pit. he escaped in the eu.

  8. I think she’s just saying that the spinoff stories won’t have anything to do with the overarching story of the new trilogies. It would still be the same cast and would hold true to the canon, but it wouldn’t serve the saga. It’d be like if they made a Lando Calrissian heist movie in 1981.

  9. They should jump around with the characters and time. Do some old republic stuff. Do darth malgus, or the time siths first started using the darth moniker(I forget who was the first one).idk. there’s so much cool history leading up to the story of Vader and luke.

    • Darth Bane was the first Darth. Darth was his first name. Pretty sure.

  10. know it wont happen but a series on the Kotor/Revan story arc would be great, especially with them being spin off’s

  11. Darth Bane trilogy please!!! With Tom hardy playing the character, I don’t care if it’s the second character called Bane he would have played in as many years.
    The E.U is a convoluted mess but it has some real jems and the story of Darth Bane is one of them, would be amazing to see a set of star wars films from the villain’s perspective.

  12. They should have the old cast from episodes 4-6 and maybe they can have another bounty hunter similar to boba fett and as for the sith the universe is expanded maybe their is dark Jedi scattered across the universe and a the only real true sith lord encharged of all everything and remanings remains of the empire and a dark hidden dark sith Jedi academy. WHO KNOWS can’t wait to see the movie

  13. It is good to know that the creator of Star Wars,Mr.Lucas, is still in the mix and that his story lines and situations will still be the guidelines for the new Star Wars episodes,going forward. 2015 is going to be one epic year at the movies,for sure.

  14. Until I hear something official from http://www.starwars.com.

    any news about casting and future Star Wars Movies is nothing but tabloid BS.

  15. What about a Darth Maul spin-off origin story? In episode I it states that Maul was raised from childhood as a sith lord, not very many of those laying around. It would be so interesting to see

    • +1

  16. This isn’t really new information. It’s a quote from Kennedy but they made it clear from the beginning that these stand-alone movies would not overlap with Episodes 7-9 and would come from a different time period.