Star Wars movie news: Boba Fett spin-off, unified universe and more

Feature Ryan Lambie 8 Jan 2014 - 07:26
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Here's a hefty dollop of Star Wars movie news and rumours, from a Boba Fett spin-off movie to a newly unified universe and more...

A universe once separated along two disparate lines - that of George Lucas' film ideas and the ones present in the Expanded Universe - is about to be unified. That's according to Leland Chee, who's part of the Lucasfilm Story Group, a team set up to oversee the interweaving narratives we'll see over the next few years.

"[The] Story Group has a hand in all facets of Star Wars storytelling, including movies, TV, games and publishing," Chee wrote in a series of recent posts on Twitter. "More so than ever, the canon field will serve us internally simply for classification rather than setting hierarchy."

Further, Chee stated that, in its new home at Disney, the Star Wars universe would form one coherent whole - meaning that he and his team of story builders are now free to take ideas, characters and stories from the Expanded Universe of books, comics and games and fold them in to what will become Star Wars: Episode VII and its potentially huge range of spin-offs, sequels and other media exploits.

It's a logical enough move, yet one which could have fascinating and far-reaching effects on the Star Wars saga in the years to come. The news comes shortly after the announcement that, as of 2015, Marvel will be publishing all future Star Wars comic books - which will no doubt make it even easier to retain a sense of coherence in the franchise's universe with all the media under one banner.

Elsewhere, there was apparent confirmation of two longstanding rumours: at some point after next year's Star Wars Episode VII, we'll get two spin-off movies based on a pair of the franchise's most beloved characters, Han Solo and Boba Fett.

According to Entertainment Weekly's anonymous sources, the Boba Fett movie could take place between the events of A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, while Han Solo's story would, understandably, be about the character's younger days before the rebellion, with a younger actor taking over from Harrison Ford.

In an interview with AMC Movie Talk, film director Jon Schnepp claimed to know who was writing the Han Solo movie's script - none other than Lawrence Kasdan, the writer of The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi.

"I will never reveal my source, Kasdan said, "but it is the one written by Lawrence Kasdan.”

To add further to the stew of reports and rumours, Aint It Cool News has waded in with the suggestion that not only are there plans of a Yoda standalone movie, but that it could even be the first of the post-Episode VII spin-offs.

Then the story goes on to float the possibility of a movie based entirely on Jabba the Hutt, and the need to take everything with a hefty pinch of salt really begins to kick in.

Whether we'll see a Hutt film in the next few years or not, Disney clearly have big plans in mind for the Star Wars franchise. According to the fan site MiceChat, Disney's quietly revamping Disneyland's Tomorrowland in time for next year's release of Episode VII.

The story goes that Tomorrowland's designers have been given inside information about Episode VII's story, and that they're working on adding Star Wars-themed stuff to the attraction, including recreations of the Millennium Falcon and Cantina:

"The original plan for Disneyland's Tomorrowland relied heavily on characters and plot points from the first three Star Wars films, with attractions like a Millenium [sic] Falcon walk-thru on the old PeopleMover platform, a wild Tatooine cantina replacing Tomorrowland Terrace, and a speeder bike ride through an Ewok village where Autopia currently sits."

It's all intriguing stuff, and the potential for a huge network of interlocking Star Wars films is clearly there. Exactly what happens to the movie universe next is, of course, heavily dependent on how Star Wars Episode VII turns out. No pressure, JJ Abrams.

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Geeze, they seem to be going a little overboard with the spin-offs. I was just looking forward to a new trilogy, but with all these spinoffs...Looks like Disney is planning to do with Star Wars what it has done with Marvel and will soon be releasing at least one Star Wars film a year if not two. In the future we will only have three movies to choose from during the summer season: A Marvel superhero film, A Star Wars film, and a Disney animated feature...all three options from Disney. No one else will be able to release anything because they won't be able to compete at the box office.

Come on Disney, who wants to see a Fett spin off? Give the people what they really want - 'Fried Green Tapani Triangles at Dex's Diner'

I can't wait for the never ending stream of fanboy whining at every aspect of every film that comes out.

I'm afraid Disney will destroy(over-saturate) anything of mystery that Star Wars had left that the prequels didn't.
Prepare Yourself!!

Guy Ritchie should do a Jabba film... it can basically be Snatch, but with Jabba as Brick Top, and an array of incompetent bounty hunters!

Sold.

Dude, head to kickstarter to get that film funded!

The world needs a Cockey Starwars film!!

Han: Oi, Jab. I need more time don't I to get your money Gov!
Jabba: Shut it Han you f**king prat! Where's my sodding Rancor?

Failing to see the downside to having a Marvel movie, a Star Wars movie and a Disney movie every year :) Why won't anyone else be able to compete? That's like implying that only three films can be successful in any given year

That's a little excessive, isn't it? Studios will absolutely be able to compete, even if Disney churned out those THREE films.

The Huttftather.

If they do make a Boba Fett film, it simply MUST be directed by Joe Johnston, the man who originally designed him.

It'll be fine. Look at how respectfully JJ Abrams treated the Star Trek legacy. There's no cause for concern that feathers will be ruffled.
Also, does anyone know if there's any truth that JJ stands for JarJar?

I'm really happy that Disney have Star Wars and have little to no worries about how they will handle things. While I miss the Clone Wars I am eager to see Rebels - I'm sure it will be the perfect bridge between the two sagas.
I'm not sure I entirely understand what they mean to do with the expanded universe canon status - I was kind of hoping it would be mostly ignored and the films would be allowed to create their own stories. This may still be the case. Either way, I'm quietly confident the force is rising, and that Star Wars will once again rule the galaxy.

Personally Id love to see a heavy political thriller set in the Star Wars universe, Tinker, Tailor in space? maybe the rise of Governor Tarkin?, something of that ilk. I know that's never likely to happen after the political side of Ep1 got such flak but I can dream, doesn't all have to be spaceships and bounty hunters aimed at youngsters does it?

I don't see how its possible that the new trilogy will take place in the now super dense expanded universe continuity

Respectfully... as respectfully as raping someone whilst they are drugged.

Episode VII will incorporate expanded universe? Looks like no action for Peter Mayhew then.

On the one hand, it's a real shame to have a good chunk of Expanded Universe (EU) material - which most probably kept interest in Star Wars alive enough to make Disney's acquisition worthwhile in the first place - brought out of canon. There are some real gems like Dark Horse's 'Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison', 'Legacy' and 'Knights of the Old Republic'.

On the other hand, it would be great if certain (hopefully good) elements of the EU are brought into the film canon as the article above suggests. It's also great to have the new EU from Marvel be immediately cohesive with the films, though there already was a system of canon hierarchy in place.

All in all, I look forward to seeing what comes out of this. Hopefully it will all turn out for the best.

Personaly i think the yoda film would be boring. He was very underwhelming in the new star wars movies. I would love to see a story about Biggs and Wedge and the rebel force.

Hence the expression "as greedy as a Rancor."

Haha! Made me chuckle.

312 movies came out last year. "Storage 24" made 100 dollars. Why don't you watch that?

Presumably the actor will be a New Zealander, due to the Clones' genetically inherited Kiwi accents, otherwise they will have to go away, redub all the films again and release a new improved special definitive final last ever edition.

Hopefully this will lead to the pseudo-reboot-origin story "George: Lucas of Future Past", in which the titular anti-hero-ewok goes back in time and ruins the childhoods of dozens, if not scores, of morbidly gelatinous Pale Orc casting rejects, leading to Disney buying him out. Win!

:(

Been a Star Wars fan since 77 and am really excited about all of this (although the Yoda spin off might take some selling).

If Disney have any sense, the Han Solo films will base around Brian Daley's fantastic novels. Outside of the OT films, nobody has written Han so perfectly.

And I really gotta get my a$$ back to Florida for the Tomorrowland changes!

It could work really well. The reason the political side of ep1 got flak was because it was badly written and didn't fit with the film (except for it being badly written).

I'm assuming you are familiar with the YouTube viral Snatch Wars, featuring Brick Vader..? If not, head over to YouTube - yr missing a treat!

"Jar Jar's Day Off"

I'm sure they'll pick & choose what they consider canon. While they're at it... leave out cloned Skywalkers, Emperors & Vader Apprentices.

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^ Don't know what happened to the comment above, but basically, what is going to happen is that Disney will not diss the Expanded Universe, but will concentrate on their own invented stories... which is great news if you want to know what happened 1000 years after Luke Skywalker, but it's HORRIBLE news if you are waiting to see jacen and Jaina Solo.

Did you just compare the dissapointment of a film reboot to an individual being date raped? =/

I honestly can't tell whether or not you are being sarcastic

even in a level of sarcasm this is still not okay!

Unfortunately it seems so.

The Yoda spin off will be interesting. The trailer was on the other night with him working at Vodafone! I was hooked :D

Anything they do can't do any worse than the low point Star Wars is currently at!

Were you actually offended by a satirical line regarding a personal viewpoint on a Blockbuster cinematic outing?

And Lo, as Epcot Centre became as the Death Star and as George Lucas had become like unto the Emperor so Disney did become the Empire. So saying, I'm still going to go to Florida and watch all the new movies as I am also essentially evil.

In a galaxy jar jar away......

I am sure disney will succeed where lucas somewhat failed, running this franchise completely into the ground.

This is just wonderful.

Disney will whore the crap out of Star Wars.

Me? I can't wait to see Darth Vader versus Wolverine in a Phineas&Pherb cartoon. Because why not? If you're going to release crap then it might as well mixed it up a bit.

I'm just glad I never cared for Star Wars as much as the more obsessed fans (proudly DON'T own a single Star Wars toy, comic, or drinking glass).

If you had been raped you might understand what a horrible thing that was to write.

It won't bother me in the least if I never see Jacen Solo, Jaina Solo, or any other character from the expanded universe. I don't much care for spin-off fiction.

Arf.

Pretty sure that said Disneyland...cali not fl

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