Will the First Standalone STAR WARS Film Center Upon Yoda?
So far, the biggest news in Hollywood this year was the announcement that JJ Abrams would be at the helm for Star Wars: Episode VII. Along with the new trilogy, Disney and Lucasfilm plan to bring standalone Star Wars features to the big screen. According to Harry Knowles over at Ain’t It Cool News, these standalone films will focus on characters already established within previous installments in the franchise. The most interesting news of all is that Knowles believes the first solo film will focus on Yoda. Hit the jump to read more.
“At this stage specifics are sparse, but Kathleen Kennedy is putting together a STAR WARS slate,” says Knowles. As a fan of the Star Wars franchise, I’m wildly excited with this news, but I can’t help but be a little disappointed. I just find it hard to believe that this movie would sell. Sure, it would be great for fans of the franchise like myself. But how much mass appeal would it garner? What tale could be told about Yoda that would draw the interest of the average movie-goer?
Part of me really wants to jump for joy, but another part of me is wondering if spin-offs and standalone films outside of the new trilogy will water down the Star Wars franchise as a whole. Obviously none of these details have been confirmed, so it’s still a huge rumor. I’m sure my mind will change as more information arises on this matter. Knowles also adds, ” Oh – and I’ve also heard tale of a JABBA story that Lucas has floated to some of his buddies. But word is YODA is first.”
On another note, I’m unbelievably excited about JJ Abrams directing Episode VII. If Abrams can bring Star Wars back to life, like he did with Star Trek, he’s looking at immortality in Hollywood, and in the pantheon of nerdness. Disney could very well be sitting on a gold mine, and we’ll be able to catch Episode VII in theaters some time in 2015.