Disney CFO Sadly Describes 'Star Wars' Spin-Offs as Origin Stories

September 13, 2013
Source: Variety

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Though we shouldn't be surprised, word out of Disney on their plans for films outside of a new Star Wars trilogy have confirmed the most generic of ideas. We've known that Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg were working on standalone films that would take place in the universe but outside of the saga itself, but there have only been rumors about the focus of these films. Now Variety reports that Disney CFO Jay Rasulo described these spin-offs as "origin story film[s]." So rather than taking the better route of focusing on new characters and stories in the same universe, we're going to prequel route again. Read on!

Rumors have swirled that the standalone films would focus on the earlier days of characters like Jedi Master Yoda and the saga's most famous enemies, Han Solo and Boba Fett, but there's been no specific indication if that's true. In all honesty, we were much more interested in the rumors of Zack Snyder directing a "Jedi epic loosely based on Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 classic Seven Samurai, with the ronin and katana being replaced by the Force-wielding knights and their iconic lightsabers." That sounds like the kind of Star Wars spin-offs we need. Another good idea would be some sort of crime thriller based in the world of Level 1313, a subterranean metropolis within the planet Coruscant that was serving as the setting for a now canceled LucasArts video game focusing solely on bounty hunters in the criminal underworld. Hopefully origin stories aren't the only spin-offs planned. What do you think?

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  • Jon Odishaw
    I'm still hard from hearing zack Snyder might helm a Star Wars movie months ago
    • Nielsen700
      FUCK THAT.
    • OfficialJab
      That was a rumour, remember? When it was revealed that it was just made up, I sort of hoped that the execs would make it real, the response was more positive than I expected. I like Snyder a lot.
    • racquetmanthethird
      There's no accounting for taste........
  • Dresden
    Sadly? Am I missing something? Hire this guy for the Han Solo origin film and you'll be fine
  • Xerxexx
    Too bad 1313 got axed...seemed quite the awesome project. Origin stories are boring. Give Matthew Stover's "Shatterpoint" novel the movie treatment Mace Windu was such a badass in it. Snyder's idea was great...perhaps there is still hope?
    • TheLaughingMan
      Hell yes I loved Shatterpoint!
      • Xerxexx
        Finally someone else has got some sense.
  • wylles
    One Origin story worth getting to the big screen is the Han Solo Trilogy from the books, but to see this done right, well...
    • OfficialJab
      A lot of bad ideas like that could be made right by letting the fans choose the director by popular vote.
  • Chris Groves
    Boba Fett in his prime Young Han Solo being a James Kirk/Jack Sparrow-esque space "pirate" A whole movie devoted to Darth Vader hunting and killing several remaining Jedi A lot of fun could be had with these spin-offs.
    • blkstar
      I can't even look at this website without seeing a happy comment from Groves about how bad ideas really excite him.
      • Chris Groves
        I don't comment on things I dislike/don't care about, at least I try not to, I stick to what I enjoy. Clearly some don't share the sentiment.
      • OfficialJab
        I'd take a Vader story. Not Han, Yoda, Fett, or most others. Adventures of Quigon and Obiwan: Broz 4 Lyfe? Uh, yes please, shut up and take my republic credits.
  • blkstar
    Origin stories are not what the new Star Wars need at all. I believe I said this before and I'll say it again, the reason why solo, fett and Yoda are so bad ass is because their origin stories have never been told. That's what makes them exciting because we don't know much about their past and that's how it should be. Its adds to the mystic to their characters. Honestly I don't care where Yoda comes from, or how fett became a bounty hunter or how Solo met Chewbacca. Star Wars is very dear to me and my childhood, the original trilogy is the reason why I love sci-fi so god damn much, but trying to change the love I have for these characters is just going to ruin the magic behind these movies. Instead of just trying to expand the universe and move forward, Disney is now going back to the past to market this shit so much that Star Wars is going to be come unrecognizable to die hard fans like myself. Sure to those who just want Star Wars movies and don't care, these movies seem and sound like a good idea, but Hollywood has had more bad luck then good luck when it comes to making Origin stories. I mean fuck it stop production on Star Wars 7 and lets just reboot the whole trilogy. Doesn't that sound like a great idea.......? I didn't think so.
  • Snowmanfloza
    Ill watch. Who knows if they will be good. Gets it all depends on who directs these things and how they are written.
  • Guest
    So? An origin story of Bubba Fett or Darth Maul could be sick
    • racquetmanthethird
      Who is Bubba Fett? Is that Boba's fat cousin?
      • avconsumer2
        Oh, internetz... it never ceases to amaze.
  • James Wyman
    It all sounds good right now, but i am worried that Disney will prey upon the weakness of Star Wars fans and put out anything that they think will look good. i am not in favor of origin movies, particularly with current characters. We need original storylines. There needs to be continuity in the stories, simply because Star Wars fans will tear them apart if they are not any good.
  • SV7
    Contrived origin stories just succeed in making cool characters less mythic. Seriously, is Boba Fett cooler now that we saw him as a little kid??? Was his origin story great? He is like a clone but different... Maybe Lucas thought this would be a cool tie in, but in reality it's contrived, making him less cool and mysterious. But hey if Lucas started this stuff we can hardly blame Disney for milking it to the max.
  • i am still like Disney
  • fidgefodge
    What a romantic comedy starring Boba Fett as an angsty teenager who falls in love with the one girl who "gets him" until her untimely death from lukemia.




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