We’ve had a seemingly endless supply of Star Wars news since Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm, and with this endless supply of news comes an equal amount of rumors, as is to be expected. Which of these rumors will rise up and prove to be accurate is part of the fun. Most of the news we’ve heard regards Star Wars Episode VII, the long-awaited (and once thought impossible) first movie in the third trilogy. The beginning of the final chapters in what will be a trilogy of trilogies. Unless you’re one of those folks that chooses to pretend the prequel trilogy doesn’t exist, in which case ignore everything being said here.
The first of the big rumors we’ve heard was that Darth Vader might return in Episode VII. Then came word that Zack Snyder was developing one of the standalone Star Wars movies, the first of a planned many individual movies telling individual stories separate from the numbered flicks. That rumor was denied quickly and its validity remains to be seen, but now comes a new rumor to feed on. What would you say if the first standalone Star Wars movie told a story centered around the one and only Yoda?
According to the fine folks over at Ain’t It Cool News, that’s exactly what Disney is planning to do. No details are known about what exactly a Yoda movie would involve and what story it would tell. Nothing is known at all, really, only that they apparently want to make a Yoda movie.
If true, this could be the start of a collection of standalone Star Wars movies that focus on untold stories related to very familiar characters.
Business wise, it makes all the sense in the world. If you’re Disney, you want to somehow find a way to increase the success of Star Wars merchandising exponentially. Yoda and all of the other characters we know and love are already proven merchandising gold, but it’s very difficult to include many of these characters in the sequel trilogy. If you make separate standalone movies you can tell new stories from whatever point in a character’s life they choose, and then come out with an ocean’s worth of new toys and games and clothing and genetically engineered Star Wars pets (OK, maybe not that far…yet) to sell to kids young and old.
On the dark and gloomy side of the spectrum, this would not be good news for longtime Star Wars fans. They’re already highly skeptical of this complete resurrection of Star Wars movies as it is; standalone movies trying to make bank on recognized characters feels like it would be an unsubtle blade slipped slowly between the ribs and into the heart.
If you ask Star Wars diehards what they want to see in these standalone projects, the answers you’ll likely receive is simple: they want to see some of the great expanded universe stories told on the big screen, preferably some of the more dark and gritty tales. Stories written by Star Wars fans for Star Wars fans with a bunch of exciting new characters to meet. Not a Yoda origins story.
But this is all strictly speculation at this point. This might prove to be just a rumor after all, or maybe they’re developing both types. At this point, if they really do want to release a new movie every year or two, one has to assume that they’re exploring every possible option, while also trying to cover as broad an audience as possible. They want to keep the faithful fans that already exist, while constantly finding new fans out there as well.
Do you like the idea of standalone movies focusing on familiar characters, or is that the last thing you want to see happen? What would your best-case standalone Star Wars movie look like?
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