Ever wondered how Yoda became a Jedi master? Or Han Solo’s origin story? You may find out sooner than you think. That’s right, young Jedi. You may find yourself parked in front of movie screen watching a new “Star Wars” movie in the next few years.
Han Solo and his trusty sidekick from the original Star Wars.
Walt Disney Studios – which purchased George Lucas’ Lucasfilm (including the entire “Star Wars” universe) for $4 billion last year – confirmed in a recent interview that it will not only produce new “Star Wars” sequels, including Star Wars: Episode VII, but other “Star Wars” films as part of the franchise reboot.
Meanwhile, In a Galaxy Not So Far Away…
In an interview with CNBC’s Katie Couric, Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger said Disney will distribute “a few” stand-alone films that would not be part of the saga. The news was wholly embraced by “Star Wars” fans who began online predictions about a Yoda or Boba Fett movie.
Disney hasn’t wasted any time getting Star Wars back into theaters. In recent news, the studio named J.J. Abrams to direct the next Star Wars sequel and the studio also killed plans to release 3D versions of the second and third films in the series.
Eager – and anxious – to see just how J.J. Abrams will put his touch on “Star Wars,” this image, showing Abrams’ signature lens flare, was produced by a fan.
In fact, the first Star Wars spinoff movie is already in development, with Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg working on the script. “Star Wars” fans will remember Kasdan from the credits of another “Star Wars” film; he co-wrote Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back.
The Boba Fett Movie
“Entertainment Weekly” confirmed that Boba Fett would be the star of one of the stand-alone films. Introduced first in in Star Wars, Boba Fett is the intergalactic bounty hunter who was first introduced in Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back.
The new Boba Fett “Stars Wars” film would apparently take place between Empire and Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. The movie will chronicle the time between the two films when Boba Fett was delivering Han Solo to Jabba the Hutt. Just who will play the bounty hunter remains unknown…
When Does the Han Solo Movie Come Out?
Industry insiders have reported that Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Han Solo in the stand-alone Han Solo film. “It’s a done deal,” a close industry source told us. Ford, who was last seen onscreen as Han Solo in the original saga, has signed a contract with Disney to play the character that made him a household name.
Harrison Ford will return to the role that made him a star. (Disney/Lucasfilm)
Rumors have also circulated that a younger Han Solo will carry most of the movie. It’s unknown how Disney will handle that. Some have speculated that a younger Han may be computer-generated, much in the same way a younger Jeff Bridges was brought to life in Tron: Legacy.
Fan Films Inspire Filmmakers
Fans have been making their own “Star Wars” stories since the very first one hit theaters in 1977. The film also motivated J.J. Abrams and Iron Man director Jon Favreau to become filmmakers. And for anyone who wants to learn how to make a movie, the “Star Wars” franchise continues to be a huge inspiration.