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.
2 Jabba The Hutt
I remember being in the movie theater when I first saw this character. I had heard about Jabba since Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, but I had no idea what he might look like. Then to see this disgusting, gluttonous creature laying there, huge on the big screen...I was mesmerized. "How in the world did this "being" get to be the way he was?" I was having that thought even back then! So the idea of there being a stand-alone, origin story is extremely enticing. First off, how did a slug-like creature become a crime boss? It's not like he looks like he can move at all. How would he instill fear? How, for that matter, would he make a character like Han Solo quake in his boots? Lastly, how could this disgusting character be somebody that the Galactic Republic would feel the need to make a deal with, so that their ships could secure safe passage through Jabba's territory?
Unlike Darth Maul, I am not sure that we need to go headlong into Jabba's far distant past. It might be enough to see him in power or already gaining power. We could see the deal he made with Han Solo and we could also see why Jabba will not let Han get away. A solid blueprint to follow might be how Al Capone was introduced in HBO's Boardwalk Empire. Cable TV is the future of cinema, right? When we initially saw that character he was an underling. However, by the mid-point of the show it became apparent that this low man on the totem pole had a knack for getting things done. Building up Jabba in this way would go a long way to not only expanding his character, but also paying off on the promissory notes that we have seen from the previous films. Lastly, since we already know that there is going to be an Untitled Star Wars Han Solo Spin-Off, could they at least make a solid chunk of the movie about Han Solo's complicated relationship with this potential subject of his own stand-alone film.
3 Qui-Gon Jinn
Qui-Gon is an enigma because he plays a seminal role in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, but his death in that film relegates his character to a similar status as Darth Maul. This person mentored two people that changed the face of their universe: Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi. However, for all of this greatness, we know that he oftentimes found himself at odds with the goings on in the Jedi High Council. It seems that if Disney was going to make another origin film, Qui-Gon's character would probably be the most ripe for the big screen treatment. You are looking at a boy who was essentially born into being Jedi (this probably explains why he was so high on young Annakin Skywalker when he found him). Later, he would find himself in the esteem of Count Dooku and Qui-Gon would serve as his Padawan. It is interesting to note that Dooku found Jinn's major weakness to be "compassion for all life." He would serve the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order his whole life, and if there was a war being waged it was almost certain that this elite Jedi would be participating in it. Should the Mouse House go this route, they would be wise to not try and tackle this whole character's life up until the events in The Phantom Menace. So rich is Qui-Gon's resume that it seems like this character would be better served having his life broken up into 2-3 films, and then merging those films with the beginning of The Phantom Menace in some way. Whatever the case, this is a character that has become an indelible part of this story. To not acknowledge that with a stand-alone film seems like it is short changing both the fans and this character.
4 Lando Calrissian
What makes Lando Calrissian so interesting is that, while being a good guy and on the side of the rebels, he was a major player in the plot to turn over Luke Skywalker to the Galactic Empire in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back. Sure, Darth Vader eventually changed the deal and drove Calrissian to the side of the Rebels, there is a saying, forgive your enemies but never forget their names. It would be interesting to see where Calrissian goes from Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. Sure, he was a major player in bringing down the Empire, but I find it hard to believe that he stays with the Republic for a long period of time. As it is written, this gambler turned good guy, became a big player in the mining industry. He would aid Han Solo and Luke Skywalker in various capacities. Furthermore, his business acumen would lead him to obtain some Jedi Stealth X-Wing starfighters to assist Skywalker as he went after a dangerous "menace" on the Maw. What is going to make these new Star Wars worlds so interesting is that they are moving beyond everything we know. There will be new bad guys and new good guys. It seems like Disney is accounting for this by bringing back some of the older players (Luke, Leia, Han). There has to be a little recognition of the past, otherwise Star Wars: Episode VII and its counterparts run the risk of being just another sci-fi film with the Star Wars brand as a name only. Lando's character, while not a Jedi, is important to this whole scheme. I would think that we might touch on his beginnings a little bit, show him running Cloud City (briefly), and then maybe move into his role as an aid to Luke and Han, with the Mission to Maw being the crux of the story. Perhaps the first stand-alone film in this series ends with Calrissian realizing just what a threat the "menace" is.
5 Admiral Ackbar
To look at Admiral Ackbar, one might never realize that he is the foremost military commander of the Alliance to Restore the Republic. However, after taking a look at this iconic character, it soon becomes clear that not only would he make a great subject for a stand-alone film, his film might be one of the most interesting of all. Sure, we could delve into this character's early life. We could also show how he handled being a prisoner of Boba Fett's when he fought with the Renegade Squadron, and we could even touch briefly on how he was utilized in the original six films. All of that would be great, and at the same time enhance the character. However, Admiral Ackbar's biggest strength is that, unlike all of the other characters on this list, he positively lends himself to being done in CGI. To that end, imagine James Cameron (or someone like him) handling this stand-alone film. What ultimately might be achieved is something that we have never seen on screen before. If for no other reason, that should make the case for this character to have his own movie. As much as Star Wars focuses on battles between two warring factions, we have never really gotten into the war aspect of these movies. In the first 6 films we were able to see self-possessed characters following their bliss as they tried to defeat the Empire any way they were able. Admiral Ackbar is a true battle tested hero. In fact, as the story goes, he spent his entire life constructing strategies so that the New Republic would remain in power. How great would it be if we could see Ackbar's life story in glorious CGI mixing the best of the old and new technologies?
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!