Since Disney made it official, that they would be developing stand-alone Star Wars movies, there have been some rumors about what these movies would entail. We’ve heard about Zack Snyder’s, now debunked, stand-alone film based on Akira Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai, a possible Yoda-centric film, and Robert Rodriguez’s Han Solo movie. Now it appears that Disney and Lucasfilm are in the early stages of developing a (sort of) prequel film that would follow the adventures of a young Han Solo and a stand-alone Boba Fett movie.
According to Entertainment Weekly, both projects are currently being developed and are “still very early in the process and, well, the deal could always be altered further.” There is heavy speculation that the Han Solo adventure film would take place sometime between the 20 years that separates Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. Considering Harrison Ford is 70 years old, Disney would have to cast a younger actor to play Han Solo in these movies. Any suggestions?
As for the Boba Fett film, it seems like this movie could take place sometime between A New Hope and Return of the Jedi. Honestly, a Boba Fett movie where he escapes from the Sarlacc pit would be a better idea. It could also be a somewhat remake of Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours. There was no word whether or not director Joe Johnston would be involved with the Boba Fett film. Johnston was the original designer of the Boba Fett armor and he’s been very vocal about making a stand-alone Boba Fett movie.
The Entertainment Weekly article also mentioned the recent Star Wars novel “Scoundrels,” by sci-fi author Timothy Zahn. The book takes place between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back and follows the adventures of Han Solo in an Ocean’s 11-type heist of a dastardly gangster’s fortune. The bounty would have paid back the debt Han Solo incurred with Jabba The Hutt. Unfortunately, EW’s sources say that Disney would not be developing the young Han Solo movie of this story.
It seems like the Star Wars stand-alone movies will be mostly made up of origin stories. Perhaps this model will change as time goes on but it just seems completely uninteresting to watch how Han Solo made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, or how Boba Fett became a bounty hunter. At this point, it seems like moving the franchise forward is a better direction than moving it back.