Disney Planning Young Han Solo & Boba Fett 'Star Wars' Spinoff Movies

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by Kevin Jagernauth
February 6, 2013 1:44 PM
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Will, this is timely. Given the general slow drip of news and secrecy at the mouse house surrounding their upcoming "Star Wars" we had no idea that very literally moments after we had finished writing What The Stand-Alone 'Star Wars' Movies Mean For The Franchise & 5 Possibilities Of What They Could Be, well, we would kind of know what they will be.

Just a couple days after rumors surfaced that Disney was planning a "Yoda" spinoff movie, EW reports that according to their sources stand-alone movies centered around a young Han Solo and Boba Fett are in the works. Now, yesterday CEO Bob Iger said, somewhat crucially, that the spinoffs will be "derived from great 'Star Wars' characters that are not part of the overall saga." But if his word is correct, it certainly seems like these side-pictures will tie into the larger series of movies.

According the magazine, the Han Solo movie will take place between "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith" and the first "Star Wars" and even more, Harrison Ford -- already rumored to return -- will act as a framing device to tell the story. As for Boba Fett, it would either take place between "Star Wars" and "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back" or between that film and "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return Of The Jedi." (So yes, he would survive the sarlaac pit as he does in the books).

But wait, there's more. Given these timelines, it would also mean villains like Darth Vader and Jabba The Hut could return as well. Frankly, this is the sort of thing we wanted the spinoffs to avoid but it seems Disney and Lucasfilm are hellbent on Marvel-izing this universe, at least on first glance. Even if that means stripping away the mystery that intially made Boba Fett so compelling (we think it's going to be really hard to have him be enigmatically badass in a stand-alone movie, and they basically fucked it up hard in the prequels). And we'd rather a young Han Solo movie where he just goes off on an adventure, without it being hardwired into a specific timeline.

However, as we mentioned in our feature, Disney paid big, big bucks for these characters and properties and they want to merchandise and themepark this stuff as much as possible. So how about two action-figure- and video-game-ready characters! And tying back into the pre-existing franchise only makes economic sense. Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are writing the scripts for these spinoffs, and if they can make them work, offering new stories while still honoring but not over-explaining to death the series we grew up with, we'd be cautiously optimistic.

Thoughts? Opinions? Share 'em below. There's a lot to talk about.

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14 Comments

  • yahnatan levi | February 8, 2013 3:09 AMReply

    The boba fett movie should take place between a new hope and empire strikes back.

  • hank | February 6, 2013 10:30 PMReply

    To add to the list of erroneous statements in this article - The EW article says it is POSSIBLE Harrison Ford could act as a framing device. They don't say anything about him being in the film, they're just speculating. I know that because I clicked on your link and actually read the article. Jesus, could someone not read over this article before you published it?

  • yod | February 6, 2013 9:29 PMReply

    I'm confused by the first sentence. Who is Will?

  • Q | February 6, 2013 3:48 PMReply

    I completely disagree about the prequels fucking up the Boba Fett backstory. That whole segment in Attack of the Clones was one of the few things the prequels got right.

    It's pretty frustrating when everyone just slams every single thing that happened in the prequels, just because they happened in the prequels.

  • Q | February 7, 2013 2:55 PM

    In response to TRIGUOUS, I personally find the idea of Boba Fett actually being a rogue clone created in the same image as the Storm Troopers to be vastly more interesting than him just being a question mark. Mystery is great, but in this case, he was just a cool-looking costume and that's it. I was never very intrigued by the mystery behind the mask; it was just the mask itself that was interesting. Storm Troopers are obviously pretty incompetent in the original trilogy, which is something I like to attribute to the strange cloning process they went through (sped up aging, etc.), and since Boba was cloned differently, he was able to find his own way and become the badass that he is.
    Anyway, whereas all of that is just personal opinion, I don't see any logic in your second point. Yeah, the MAJORITY of what happens in the prequels is crap. I wasn't talking about when the majority of it gets slammed, I was talking about when EVERY LAST DETAIL automatically gets slammed by association, regardless of merit. What you're saying has nothing to do with the point I was making.

    By the way, (in support of my point that people automatically slam every single thing in the prequels), why do you take such a heated stance against Darth Maul? He served more of a purpose in Phantom Menace than Boba Fett served in Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi (not that he didn't serve a purpose). Again, Darth Maul is actually one of the few characters in the prequels that I actually really intrigued by. He's just as much of a mysterious badass as Boba Fett, and he looks fucking cool (just like Boba Fett); your only reason for taking such a cynical point of view about him as a character is because he's in the prequels.

  • triguous | February 6, 2013 11:29 PM

    I completely disagree with you on both points. First, Boba Fett's origin was so fucked up in Attack of the Clones that George Lucas had to "tinker" again with the classic trilogy, changing Boba Fett's voice from Jeremy Bulloch to Temeura Morrison. Not to mention he was made a clone. So, technically, he's not even Boba Fett anymore, he's Jango Fett. The mystery of the man (or alien) behind the mask is what made Boba Fett such an interesting character in the first place. And the kid actor that played him was no better than Jake Lloyd.
    Second, people slam the prequels because the majority of what happens in the trilogy is crap. If three movies manage to get only a "few things" right, then of course the majority of the prequels is going to get slammed. I'm not going to bash Darth Maul just because he appeared in the prequels, I'm going to bash him because the character was likely created by toy magnate Lucas to sell action figures and lightsabers rather than serve the actual story of The Phantom Menace. Mass characters (many of them nameless to the moviegoer) equals mass figures (they all have names now) equals $$$.

  • Radu | February 6, 2013 3:25 PMReply

    How would the Boba Fett movie taking place between "Empire" and "Jedi" imply that he survives the sarlaac pit? Wasn't that in "Jedi"? True, if they make the movie happen after that, then yes, they have the material from the books, which aren't that bad at all.

  • machagogo | February 6, 2013 3:02 PMReply

    The Han Solo Trilogy of books took place in that same timeline and was a pretty good read when I was a kid.

  • Shit | February 6, 2013 2:13 PMReply

    Oh man. This really sucks. Common give us "Obi-Wan" and "Seven Jedi".

  • Will Kane | February 6, 2013 2:13 PMReply

    I believe Genndy Tartakovsky had developed a young Han & Chewie animated series for Lucasfilm (after his 'Clone Wars' series) but George Lucas rejected it at the last minute.

  • Will Kane | February 6, 2013 2:09 PMReply

    James Franco as the young Han Solo please.

  • Franco | February 6, 2013 8:43 PM

    Yes, Yes, Yes, James Franco would be perfect for the role. He has all the qualities for this role and actually looks like he could be Mr Ford son.

  • bohmer | February 6, 2013 2:38 PM

    Yes! That would actually work for me.

  • Wicket | February 6, 2013 2:07 PMReply

    "As for Boba Fett, it would either take place between "Star Wars" and "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back" or between that film and "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return Of The Jedi." (So yes, he would survive the sarlaac pit as he does in the books)."

    Not that I really give a *uck, but if the spin-off were to take place between Episode V and VI, how exactly would that suggest that the character "survive[s]" an incident that occurs *after* said spin-off?

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