Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Han Solo And Boba Fett Spin-offs?

With the news of Disney buying Star Wars churning out all sorts of speculation on what's to come (J.J Abrams, Darth Vader?) I'm really excited about a new possibility that could make our SW future super cool!
There is talk of making Han Solo and Boba Fett spin-off movies!!!

Yesterday, The Walt Disney Co. unveiled plans to make a number of spin-off movies set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away — in addition to the post-Return of the Jedi trilogy that had already been announced
Entertainment Weekly has learned details on two of the spin-off projects: A young Han Solo saga, focusing on the wisecracking smuggler’s origin story, and a bounty hunter adventure with Boba Fett at the center of a rogue’s gallery of galactic scum.
Sources close to the projects confirmed this was the direction the development was taking, although they cautioned it’s still very early in the process and, well, the deal could always be altered futher. Lucasfilm and Disney declined to comment on the information.
The Han Solo story would take place in the time period between Revenge of the Sith and the first Star Wars (now known as A New Hope), so although it’s possible Harrison Ford could appear as a framing device, the movie would require a new actor for the lead — one presumably much younger than even the 35-year-old Ford when he appeared in the 1977 original.
The Boba Fett film would take place either between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, or between Empire and Jedi, where the bounty hunter was last seen plunging unceremoniously into a sarlacc pit. Exactly who would play him isn’t much of a complication – in the original trilogy, he never took off his helmet. And in the prequels, we learned he was the son of the original stormtrooper clone, played by Temuera Morrison, who’s still the right age for the part if his services were required.
In addition to bringing back two fan-favorite characters as the leads of their own films, the Han Solo and Boba Fett projects would also allow Darth Vader, in full-on black death-metal gear, to return as a villain, since placing the spin-offs within the original trilogy would mean he is still alive and hissing. That timeline would also open the door for a return from visit with everyone’s favorite degenerate slug-like gangster, Jabba the Hutt.

You can read the rest of the article here, speculating on writers and directors.

Now, over the last few years, I've been reading all the young Han Solo books (both the trilogy and the adventures)
I would be thrilled if they went with any of these plot lines, but even if they decided to ignore the EU (which we all know they probably will) there is still so much they can do with him. I feel the same about Boba Fett. Anything you do with him is going to be gold, since he's such a fan favourite.

I'm still worried about what they're going to do with Episode 7, but if this is also on the horizon, I will hold on to my hope a little longer. Keep your fingers crossed. I know mine are.

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