With JJ Abrams taking over Star Wars necessarily dominating all the rumor mills of the last month involved with speculating on the future of the franchise, there have been a growing pile of other rumors that are far more fascinating then who happens to be directing the next big thing. I was going to explain, but then I decided to sum up instead.
See what it looks like is going on is that Disney is adapting the lessons of the pile of money generated by their Marvel adventures to the Star Wars universe. Although there will certainly be a central tent pole film that Abrams is directing, there is also a vision for side projects. These other films will stand on their own, but help support the central story. Sort of like how all the Avengers who matter (suck it Hawkeye) get their own films and television series, surrounding the big billion dollar one in the middle. There are two reasons why I am excited about this.
First, it is the first time in movie history that “tent pole” is being used in a way that makes any grammatical sense at all. Have you ever seen a tent? It is not a series of similarly tall posts only holding up their own weight. It is a series of poles of varying height holding up an overall structure. Disney’s plan for Star Wars (and their approach to Avengers) is a tent pole. Big movie that we want to have sequels, is not a fucking tent pole. It is a chain of totem poles, if you must stick with the pole metaphor.
Second, the rumors of side films are ranging from the fantastic to not-fantastic-but-at-least-interesting. It’s been leaked that Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are writing separate Star Wars films, neither of which are Episode 7. We’ve got rumors that the first film out the gate in advance of the Abrams film, is actually going to be a Yoda origin story penned by Kasdan. Presumably Yoda won’t jump around like a caffeinated Sonic the Hedgehog, because I don’t want to have to burn this city down. Then we’ve got a solo Han Solo film dancing in the background that Robert Rodriguez has expressed interest in. And of course the perennial rumors of a Boba Fett film, which has been rumored since the eighties, and I’ve never understood the appeal. There’s been separate rumors of a Jabba the Hutt film, and finally, there is rumor that Zack Snyder is being considered for a Seven Samurai take (which is only fitting considering the old connection between Star Wars and The Hidden Fortress) on a group of Jedi.