First George Lucas sold Lucasfilm to Disney for billions of dollars. Then it was announced that there would be a new Star Wars trilogy debuting in 2015, which would serve as a direct sequel to the first two trilogies, picking up where Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi left off. And then, we learned that there would also be Star Wars stand-alone movies focusing on the characters of Han Solo and Boba Fett. Now we've learned that there will be a new spin-off movie every other year, for as long as time continues. And these will be origin stories.
So, we'll see Han and Boba on their early career paths as a smuggler and a pirate, respectively. And we know that Yoda will have his history told in an animated LEGO TV series. But then, what comes next? We've seen Luke's story, and Darth Vader's trajectory from small child to the galaxy's most feared villain. C3PO's tale ties into that. Who's left? We have wracked our brains to create a list of the 5 Star Wars: Origins Movies We Want To See Most.
1 Darth Maul
One of the biggest complaints that people had about Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace is that the character of Darth Maul was underused. First of all, any character in this world that is named Darth, if they don't have Vader after their name, should be one bad dude. Even more than that, he should be given a lot more character development than he was initially given in this "first" installment. The reality of the situation for all of the characters on this list is that there just wasn't the time. What about Darth Maul's early life on Iridonia? What was his relationship with Sith Lord Darth Sidious like in the early years? Was he a loving taskmaster who instilled the dark side of the force with passion and zeal? Or, was he like Kreese in The Karate Kid movies? Ultimately, it seems like, while Maul was trained well, his hatred of the Jedi is what finally served as his downfall. Add to this that we know Sidious eventually replaced Darth Maul with Count Dooku, and that he later would kidnap Darth Maul, and you have a film that hits on all the classic tenets of the hero's journey. Okay, Maul might be an anti-hero of the highest order, but the story remains the same. Making this whole thing even more interesting is the fact that we already know how the story ends for this character. That will shadow everything that we see our character do, because we as viewers would be in an interesting predicament. Should a stand-alone movie be made, we would essentially be rooting for a bad guy. We would have to, because it seems doubtful that if Disney were to put money behind this, that it would be made for peanuts. At the same time, they aren't going to mess with a tried and true cinematic paradigm. What they are doing with these origin films is potentially expanding a world into a realm that many fans had never considered before.
What characters from Star Wars do you think deserve their own films? Do you think there should even be stand-alone films for this franchise? Did our list "stay on target"? Let us know!