What started out as “Star Wars Anthology” films were changed in 2015 to “A Star Wars Story.” For the record Star Wars Anthology to me sounded a lot better, but once the three films were announced, it was pretty obvious the reason it became A Star Wars Story.
This past week, the New York Times and every other known media outlet announced Alden Ehrenreich as being cast as the young Han Solo for the upcoming untitled A Star Wars Story. This coupled with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and a future Boba Fett movie should tell most fans that Lucasfilm and Disney are content to stick with the time period between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope when it comes to giving us new content.
The idea that Lucasfilm is sticking to the original trilogy time period makes a lot more sense to label the currently announced titles A Star Wars Story. Star Wars Anthology films would suggest that each of the films in the series would be stand alone. As much as Disney and Lucasfilm would like fans to consider Rogue One, the untitled Han Solo film, and the untitled Boba Fett film as stand alone, they are not.
This could prove to be a mistake especially considering the popularity of The Force Awakens. If it were prequels Lucasfilm wanted, why not explore the 30 years in between Return of the Jedi and the third highest grossing film, ever. There are plenty of intriguing possibilities when it comes to what stories they could tell. Therefore, it doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense to film stories that fans already know.
Here are three films that make a lot more sense as A Star Wars Story than the ones we will soon be getting.
Lost Stars Sequel
The surprise book of the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens line of books that came out prior to The Force Awakens was the young adult title Lost Stars written by Claudia Gray. Lost Stars tells the story of childhood friends Thane Kyrell and Ciena Ree. The two friends from childhood join the Imperial Academy together. Their relationship moves from friendship to love despite the fact they begin to have differing opinions on just what the Empire really is.
While the book spans the course of the two characters’ entire lives, a sequel would do well to pick up where the story leaves off. After Kyrell and Ree finally realize the extent the Empire is willing to go to subject people to their own will, these two higher-ranking officials desert the cause. A sequel showing the two of them trying to either avoid capture from the Imperials, or trying to pick up the pieces of a life built entirely on lies would make for a very different Star Wars story.
In The Force Awakens, Han Solo himself explains, as they are walking into the cantina, that Maz Kanata had been running the place for a thousand years. Whether Han was exaggerating the truth, I have to think that there are stories that could be told about Maz Kanata that would be a lot more interesting than stories we know the outcome to.
For instance, why don’t we get a movie about Maz’s introduction to the Force. Why did Maz not have the opportunity to train as a jedi? Did Maz leave the Jedi Academy? Was she a love interest of Yoda? Anything would be as interesting as watching Rebels steal the plans of the Death Star. In the end, we know they accomplish it.
Any Other Story Not Related To the Skywalkers
The idea behind A Star Wars Story was to give us a look into the larger universe of Star Wars. We have heard the Jedi have been around for thousands of years. We know the Sith as their long standing adversaries. If they truly want to build out the universe, why not explore other areas of it. There are literally hundreds of secondary characters from the films, as well as the Clone Wars and Rebels television shows, that are interesting. Any one of those could give us an intriguing film.
Are there any movies that you would like to be titled A Star Wars Story? Feel free to let us know.
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