Ever since Disney acquired the license to a galaxy far away, the media has churned out cheap hocus pocus to stoke smoke-and-mirror news. Yet occasionally something valid seeps through their libel and into the realm of possibility. Some time ago it was said that Disney aimed to produce, much like their also relatively newly gripped Marvel rights, an almost overwhelming quantity of yearly Star Wars spin-off films not overtly connecting to their all-encompassing episodic brethren. This was somewhat shoved to the wayside as more and more came to be revealed about Episode VII. Yet it’s come back with vengeance as of late to fuel fanboy wet-dreams of yore.
“I can confirm to you today that in fact we are working on a few standalone films,” said Disney CEO Bob Iger. “Larry Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are both working on films derived from great Star Wars characters that are not part of the overall saga. We still plan to make Star Wars 7, 8, and 9 roughly over a six-year period of time, starting in 2015. But there are going to be a few other films released in that period, too.”
While little birdy chirps of a supposed Yoda solo film have already struck the net…it’s another Solo film creating the waves. None other than Entertainment Weekly themselves – HERE – broke the news and threw it into a world of likely probability that is dangerously close to all-out confirmed. That’s right! Are you about as frozen in shock as Han in carbonite? A supposed Han Solo and Boba Fett project was announced today to many fans wish fulfillment. Taking place within the gap between the prequel and original trilogy, this would likely cover the beginnings of the blood feud between everyone’s favorite smuggler and the galaxies most notorious bounty hunter. EW described it as “A young Han Solo saga, focusing on the wisecracking smuggler’s origin story, and a bounty hunter adventure with Boba Fett at the center of a rogue’s gallery of galactic scum.”
While throwing these two fan-favorites into their own film seems about as natural as running from a rancor, is it really the right way to go? Considering Han is one of the only classic Star Wars characters to remain unscathed by the prequels…I can’t help but have a few apprehensions about seeing a young Solo considering it went so well with toddler Fett and baby Vader. Ideally it would begin with a teenage Harrison and we could avoid all the juvenile shell-shock nuances of The Phantom Menace post-traumatic stress. Lucas himself came so dangerously close to already forever damaging our captain of the glorious Millennium Falcon. Yet thankfully his Revenge of the Sith cameo – concept art to the left – was scrapped. We dodged the bullet that poor Greedo never did.
So Disney…take notes! While Boba’s regrettable clone back-story, the coup de grâce to his intriguing mystery, is now unavoidable…don’t make Han’s origin another sore spot in a galaxy of already infamously bitter fans.