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Is Director A.J. Edwards Making a Mace Windu 'Star Wars' Spin-Off?

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November 18, 2014
Source: Reddit

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As of now, there are already two Star Wars spin-off films lined up after Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives next December. Godzilla director Gareth Edwards is already signed to direct the first one, arriving just one year after Episode VII, and Lucasfilm has already lined up Chronicle director Josh Trank to be at the helm of whatever spin-off will follow Episode VIII from Looper director Rian Johnson. However, is there a chance that another spin-off is in the works? The Better Angels director A.J. Edwards partook in a Reddit AMA and was asked about potential involvement in the revival of the Star Wars franchise. Read on!

Now we're pretty sure that Edwards was just joking around (sarcasm is hard to detect in text, especially online), but the director responded, "Talking about it, not able to say a lot yet. It will focus on Mace Windu." Aside from the fact that Edwards just doesn't seem like the type to take on a Star Wars film at all, the fact that he says he can't say a lot yet, but then follows it up by saying it's about Mace Windu is a dead giveaway that this is a joke. Lucasfilm hasn't even announced what the first two Star Wars spin-offs were about, so there's no way Edwards would reveal that tidbit unless he wanted to piss someone off.

In addition, we're pretty sure that any future films will probably try to steer clear of prequel territory, if only because of the reputation of the most recent trilogy. However, if there's one character who could have a rich and interesting history before The Phantom Menace even takes place, it would be Mace Windu. The character has gotten plenty of action in the animated series "The Clone Wars," but there's still a lot we don't know about him. However, if we go back before Episode I, then the character likely wouldn't be played by Samuel L. Jackson, and that kind of defeats the cool factor. Again we're pretty sure this is just a joke misinterpreted by several online outlets, but we'll see what happens.

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  • JDubs
    Yeah, I'm 99.9% sure he's just screwing with people
  • CoolwhipSpecial
    Congratulations, you've just won the Most Pointless Article of the Year award.
  • So this was just clickbait?
  • Rauncor
    we buzzfeed now
  • Fred Bastiat
    Even if true, no thank you.
  • Jon Odishaw
    as a fan of the Star Wars universe I'm interested in spin off movies about individual characters but there is so much potential to explore, you have an entire universe. Why not just expand rather than back track?
  • ColtNoir
    remember the rumor about a "7 samurai" inspired movie set in the Star Wars universe? THOSE are the type of spin-off's that people want..not things like this or a Han spin-off. We'll get plenty of those characters in the main movies moving forward. Give us something new and refreshing
    • Steven
      I agree, though I wonder if known characters need to be used to ground the film. A "7 Samurai" film could be set between I & II, or II & III, using Mace as the main protagonist.
      • ColtNoir
        I mean, if he was in it that'd be fine with me. I'm just speaking in generalities that people want those times of spin-offs and not just your generic "here's my origin" story that it seems we'll most likely get, no matter who the story is about. It would just be refreshing to have them build upon the actual universe and not just established characters
        • Steven
          Yeah I think origin stories are getting tired.
    • bumboclot
      Yes that would be a genius stand alone movie. But Mace Windu could easily be one of those 7 samurai, since you could place that story in any era.
  • cooper
    Mace Windu deserved such a better death than the one given to him but maybe that's just my personal bias speaking.
    • Scott Walsh
      He didn't die, no body, no death, and as we all know the fall wouldn't kill him, Jedi have shown they have the ability to fall vast distances and survive with using the force :)
  • avconsumer2
    Windu without SLJ. Welp... good luck with that.
  • Rock n Rollllll
    I dont think they gave Mace Windu enough script time in the latest star wars for anyone to care for a spin off. I didnt find his role interesting enough to seperate him from all the other Jedi in the council, except for the fact that he died at the hands of Darth Sidious.
    • Scott Walsh
      He didn't die, no body, no death, and as we all know the fall wouldn't kill him, Jedi have shown they have the ability to fall vast distances and survive with using the force
  • Nielsen700
    It has to have be a joke. Edwards (or Disney for that matter) having any interesting in doing this makes no sense.
  • DAVIDPD
    "Get this mother effing snakes...off my mother effing STAR DESTROYER!!!"
  • karynm
    Shatterpoint
    • mktesq
      KarynM: It was probably my favorite of the Clone Wars Era novels. You have great taste.
  • mktesq
    I REALLY REALLY REALLY want a hyper-realistic animated Shadows of the Empire. It could be done, be done cheaply, be done well, and would introduce Vader as the perfect Anti-Hero as well as Xizor who is the coolest EU character created (with Thrawn a close second).

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