7 Star Wars Movies That Will Never Get Made
With the release of the first trailer for Episode IX this month breaking trailer-viewing records for the franchise (111 million views in the first 24 hours), Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker seems likely to become the most successful film in the franchise since the original film, which in 1977 grossed over $1 billion dollars in the U.S. alone (when you adjust for inflation today).
However, the Star Wars label does not guarantee automatic success, as studio executives were dismayed to discover last year. The franchise saw its first box office stumble in 2018 with Solo: A Star Wars Story, which earned a paltry $392 million worldwide. Its failure led Disney to put a whole slew of previously announced spinoff films on hold. Who knows if we’ll ever get these tales? Here are seven Star Wars spinoff films we’d love to see but probably never will.
Who wouldn’t love to see a movie about the most infamous bounty hunter in the galaxy? A Boba Fett spinoff could focus on the time in between his appearance as a young boy in Attack of the Clones and his notorious introduction as a mysterious bounty hunter in The Empire Strikes Back. Better yet, a spinoff could skip ahead to the future and show how Boba Fett survives his long-derided death in the Sarlacc Pit in Return of the Jedi, all while introducing some ultra-cool environments for the action to take place. We haven’t yet seen a villain completely take center stage in any Star Wars movie, and this might be a good chance to break new ground.
With decades of unknown history and a relatable, flawed character, Obi-Wan Kenobi is as fascinating as they come. Obi-Wan has played prominent roles in the original movies as well as the prequels and his position as mentor to Luke Skywalker and Jedi master could make for a mature movie with tons of depth. As Princess Leia once famously said, Obi-Wan is the galaxy’s last hope and who wouldn’t want to see more about the tortured lone protector?
Chewbacca has to be one of the most lovable characters in all the Star Wars films, but how much do we really know about him? Sure, it would be difficult to focus completely on Wookiees as they don’t speak English (and we really have no interest in subtitles translating Wookiee for us), but that doesn’t mean there can’t be a film that tells us where Chewie came from. Solo showed us how he and his constant companion Han Solo met, but we’d love to see more about his upbringing and why you rarely see other Wookiees throughout the Star Wars films. Just keep his creepy father Itchy from The Star Wars Holiday Special far, far away on Kashyyyk.
Star Wars fans really felt the loss of Carrie Fisher in 2016 and would love to see more about this gutsy princess who thwarted Darth Vader and strangled Jabba the Hutt with the chains he used to keep her hostage. We love seeing a rebel leader, especially one who shows vulnerability and falls for a wise-cracking smuggler, and we’re pretty sure that her origin story could be an awesome testament to the power of women — and to the actress who found her way into all fanboys’ hearts.
Okay, okay, so he’s a puppet… but that doesn’t mean Yoda isn’t one of the most beloved characters in all of movie history. With his warbling voice, cryptic words of wisdom, and inexplicable fighting skills, Yoda is a true icon. The Grand Master of the Jedi Order, Yoda is the ripe old age of 900 when he appears in Return of the Jedi, so there’s plenty of backstory there to explore. Said to be of “species unknown,” the Star Wars films have never even scraped the surface of Yoda’s origins, which means he could easily be the star of more than one film. Puppeteer Frank Oz is an accomplished director with a myriad of hits from Little Shop of Horrors to Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, so Disney could even hire Yoda himself to direct and star in his own film.
The smooth-talking Lando Calrissian, brought memorably to life by actor Billy Dee Williams, has always been a fan favorite. We’d love to see where he came from and what gave him his self-serving thirst for adventure and exploration. Who can resist an anti-hero who has a history of smuggling and lost his greatest possession — the Millenium Falcon — in a bet? Lando’s early years were already explored a bit in Solo: A Star Wars Story, where he was played by actor/comedian/rapper Donald Glover. Glover did a good job, but we’d rather see Billy Dee Williams, who reappeared as Lando in the Rise of Skywalker trailer, return to the role in a starring spinoff. Williams as Lando puts a smile on fans’ faces — it works every time.
R2-D2 and C-3PO
We couldn’t leave out every Star Wars fan’s favorite droids. Though Artoo doesn’t have much to say when it comes to actual words, Threepio talks enough for the both of them and the interaction between these two characters has always been one of the best parts of the franchise. We know that Anakin built Threepio out of salvaged parts and that Artoo was a Naboo repair droid, but there’s so much more we’d like to know about this dynamic duo that has such an integral part in the success of the Rebel Alliance. Plus, Threepio actor Anthony Daniels is the only actor to appear in all nine “Skywalker Saga” films, plus appearances in Rogue One and Solo: A Star Wars Story (he played a character called Tak in the latter). It’s only fitting such a Star Wars legend get his own starring role finally. Make it happen, Disney!