Star Wars: Frank Oz Ready to Return for Yoda Spinoff Film

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 8th, 2013 at 1:24 pm,

star wars yoda movie Star Wars: Frank Oz Ready to Return for Yoda Spinoff Film

Star Wars news has been releasing faster than Han Solo can cover 12 Parsecs, ever since new Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy convinced J.J. Abrams to direct Episode VII and help with ushering in a new era for the mythological sci-fi franchise (now that George Lucas has passed the reins on to another generation of filmmakers).

The big announcements this week have concerned possible standalone movies (or, rather, character-oriented spinoffs), in addition to the central Episodes. Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed such projects are developing – with Episode VII consulting screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back) and Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past) working on the scripts – and rumored subjects include young Han Solo, Boba Fett and Jedi Master Yoda.

Tom Kane currently voices the character on the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV series, but Muppet and Sesame Street puppeteer icon Frank Oz handled his vocals in the previous five live-action installments featuring the small, but wise and deadly, warrior. Oz informed Hero Complex that he is prepared to return to the role in the potential spinoff film, saying “He’s in my heart, I know Yoda very deeply.” However, he does not expect to bring Yoda back to his animatronic roots, after the leap to being a digitally-rendered player in the second and third prequel trilogy installments.

“I think it depends on the story, but I think at this point you can’t go back to the puppet,” he said. “The reason George [Lucas] did the CGI, which I supported, was that he wanted to tell a story that would have been hampered by the physical limitations of the puppet.”

It’s worth noting Oz’s interest in revisiting the Yoda character in a new Star Wars movie, seeing how he earned a fair amount of attention for declining the chance to participate in Disney’s The Muppets after citing issues with the script (for more, check out this Metro interview from September 2011). However, Oz has always maintained that he was satisfied with how Yoda was portrayed throughout the prequels and insisted that “As long as the character is believable, alive and pure, I’m happy.”

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Oz isn’t the only Star Wars alum to express an interest in participating in the next generation of live-action installments, with Samuel L. Jackson (Mace Windu in the prequel trilogy) as well as original trilogy leads Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford all indicating they’re game. Indeed, the developing Episode VII screenplay from Oscar-winner Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3) is rumored to include age-appropriate versions of Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa and Han Solo custom-made for the famous actor trio.

Similarly, a Yoda spinoff could allow for Jackson to reprise as Windu, possibly in a variation on the Seven Samurai-style Jedi movie that filmmaker Zack Snyder (300Man of Steel) is heavily-rumored to have discussed with Lucasfilm reps. Of course, there are multiple other directions such a project could take, seeing how the character has some 800-900 years of backstory that remains unexplored (in the live-action Star Wars-verse, anyway).

Star Wars: Episode VII remains (officially) on-course for a 2015 release, despite reports that Abrams isn’t committed to that date.


Source: LA Times

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  1. God, are those greedy, corporate bastards ever satisfied? They always have to either be buying something or dragging it out. I hope they put Mickey Mouse in one of the film just so i can see him get killed with a lightsaber or something

    • What did you expect? They spent 4 Billion Dollars on that company and need to make their money back. That doesn’t mean that these movies will be bad, though. So just wait and see instead of indulging in hysterical rants. ;)

      • p.s.: having said that I don’t really care about a Yoda movie. That green muppet is way too overrated. It might still turn out great, who knows?

  2. Should it happen? Absolutely.

    There are countless exciting stories that could be explored in many of the SW character’s pasts.

    I would even support Windu being a part of it (just please no spirit Windu)

    • Well, what else could they do with him? The Boba Fett and Solo films are supposed to be spinoffs taking place during between the original movies, the next direct trilogy is a sequel, and i dont see him being part of a Yoda origin story.

    • After having seen Django Unchained, I can’t stop thinking about Sam Jackson appearing in the next Star Wars movie with that old-person makeup on :P

      • You know, when I was watching Jackson in Django Unchained I notice that he literally has no wrinkles on his face. Pretty good for someone who has gotta be nearing 60.

  3. I can’t believe I’m about to say this but…
    NO NO NO to anything considered a “prequel” or taking place within the timeframe between Episodes 1-6.
    Move forward. Have the standalone films fill the gaps between Episodes 7-9. You can still have Hamill, Ford and Fisher play older versions of their characters but I don’t want to go back again.
    Let Yoda rest in peace…

    • Thank you, finally some one who understands. Just leave the first six films as is and focus on the sequel trilogy. I personally am against any sort of new STAR WARS film but they’re going ahead with it whether we want them to or not, so i think they should just focus on making episodes 7-9 actually good.

      • Well, there is a classic solution to your problem: simply don’t watch them.

        • I think you misunderstood me, i apoligize for not being clear. I wish they had left the saga as is, but since they’re going forward with the sequel trilogy i just think they should focus on that. I’ll still go see the new trilogy, im just a bit skeptical seeing as they’re juggling a million and one projects at once. And they’re not even all STAR WARS films, i just hope they can maintain this many projects at once with the expectations so high.

          • Understood. Yeah, going down the prequel road with their secondary movies is a bit worrying.

        • haha this guy^

      • I’m super excited for new Star Wars films. I like the hire of JJ Abrams and I can’t wait to see what’s next.
        But like I was saying in my 1st comment there’s no reason to go back. Leave well enough alone with the movies that came before and expand the franchise with new characters and stories.

  4. They’ll probably make up the 4 billion in the first couple of films including merchandise.

  5. Wow, stupid idea. Yoda sucks the little green ones ;)

  6. For the special effect for Yoda they should do motion capture just like Gollum in Lord of the Rings and Avatar, what do you guys think?

    • How about that they not even waste the green paper on this green piece of turd. My opinion is the most intelligent on this whole article. Waste of money. Jeez guys.

      • Wow pal. Thankfully, we haven’t heard from Jersey Schindler in a long time…let him fade into obscurity. This is pretty unfunny now.

    • I can’t see them not going with mo-cap. It just offers so much more than regular CGI. They’ll definitely have the money for it, and imo, it’ll enhance the experience and make Yoda look more real.

      • The thing is Yoda has never been motion captured, therefore it would probably look wrong. Even if you mo-capped Frank Oz’s face expressions, it’d probably not register with the type of faces and movements we are used to see yoda make.

        • Hulk wasn’t mo-capped in other films either… till Avengers came along, and most people think that was the best live action interpretation of him yet.

          Let’s face it, they’re not going to use a puppet again. It’s a big sci-fi blockbuster, there will be cgi. The most they can do is try and make it as real as possible, which means using mo-cap.

          It’ll still LOOK like Yoda though – I’m sure of that. I mean, if it doesn’t, us fanboys will rise up and destroy Disney together ;)

          • Yeah. but they were using a completely different version of The Hulk. Yoda is going to be the same visual character that has already been established He should have the same physicality, facial mannerisms and body laguage Mo-Cap is not gonna provide that at all.

            I’m fine with the CGI Yoda. The puppet they made for Phantom Menace was awful. The original was great, but it wouldn’t have worked for those prequels.

            Mo-cap for Yoda is uneccisart just for the sake of it.

            • *Language* ..there’s probably more typos than that too.

              • …infact I can see several *sigh*.

                • I flipping give up.

  7. I’d be so down for that rumored Seven Samurai film if it had Yoda and Mace Windu. Throw in a couple of the other council fan favorites, like Ki Adi and Plo Kun, then fill out the other three with new characters, and have it all set on mostly one planet.

    • Who is Ki adi and Po Kun. I am a fan. You are a nerd. And not in the good way. There is a difference.

    • no one wants to see Samuel Jackson again-he did not fit into the star wars world with his “who you looking at muther $%^er” expression”

  8. Sandy, 12 parsecs is not time its distance.

    • My bad, it’s been corrected.

  9. Please, let us move on. I would love to see a “Seven Samurai” take on Jedi, but not with Yoda and Mace Windu, etc. Go way back to the Old Republic (that would suit the “in a past era” angle of Samurai tales) or move forward. I think that we have had enough of prequel-related material for a good long while yet.

  10. IMO, Frank Oz is to Yoda what Kevin Conroy is to Batman – there have been others who voiced the characters pretty well, but they were never as good as the iconic originals.

    If they include Yoda in the new movies, he should definitely be voiced (maybe even mo-capped) by Frank Oz.

  11. I would love ONE movie with lots of little shorts that connect using all these characters. Just imagine “Pulp Fiction”, but with Han Solo, Chewie, Boba Fett, Yoda, Mace Windu etc…

  12. Does Yoda poop green in the woods?

    • If Yoda poops in the woods and there is no one there to hear it, did he really poop!??

  13. Hey, this guy does a pretty good Han Solo….

    • This guy does great impressions! Here he is doing some Batman characters:

  14. Nope! I’m tired of them doing movie after movie, spinoff after spinoff. Sure, I’d check this out since Yoda’s my favorite, but it’s getting too dragged out-like.

  15. Well… no matter what happens, I still love Star Wars!! :D I recently made a review on this issue as well! :)

  16. Don’t water down Star Wars with lame spinoffs focusing on only one character ala “Wolverine” and “Electra” but keep the saga LEGENDARY.

    But surprise us.

    I think it could be fun being completely in the dark as to when a story takes place!

    What about, in place of single character spinoffs, a new trilogy of trilogies is created between 2016-2018, one per year, but leave the audience in the dark, initially, as to when they occur on the timeline?

    Maybe even start a new trilogy in 2016 and keep where it sits on the timeline ambiguous (I’m thinking the beginning to middle of the Old Republic; that gives you 12,000 years to work with) but drop a hint [Trilogy #1].

    Have a new, separate, trilogy start in 2017 that starts just before Darth Bane and the rule of two with name drops of ancient figures that allow the audience to piece together the time frame [Trilogy #2]. By the third film [Trilogy #2] drop a hint, by way of the birth of Yoda or something similar, that allows one to discover the trilogy takes place prior to the Skywalker Saga.

    Have the other [Trilogy #3] take place thousands of years after the ST. Weave in a through line permeating all three new trilogies with references to The Prophecy and the Galactic Civil War and you have an epic of MONUMENTAL proportions!

    The movies in the near future should retain the epic proportions we’ve come to expect and remain the Star Wars saga we all love. Leave the minutiae for the tv shows and worry about spinoffs after the history of the Galaxy Far, Far Away has been written.

  17. Obviously finding out what Yoda “is” and the origins is the number one unsolved mystery. I don’t get the need for them to reference prequels and the Senate and the Sith plot that (soilerz) Sidious started years ago. That is if the whole thing is still canon in the Disney machine