Monsters and Godzilla director Gareth Edwards has been announced along with screenwriter Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli) for an upcoming “Untitled Star Wars Project” set for release in two years time, a year after J.J. Abrams first film in a new trilogy. The film is described as a standalone story but no other details have been given. This has resulted in huge amount of speculation. The most popular theories seem to be an origin movie of either Han Solo or Boba Fett. I am not exactly excited about either of these ideas. I don’t want to know any more about Solo’s back story and am not interested in Fett’s.
A far more interesting idea for a standalone movie would be to go back before anything we have seen before, a story of “a more civilized age”. In the first Star Wars movie Obi-Wan gives Luke his father’s light saber, “the weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or random as a blaster; an elegant weapon for a more civilized age”. The window into this age is a small one taken from just a few lines of dialogue; Obi-Wan went on to say: “For over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Before the dark times… before the Empire”.
It is worth remembering that Star Wars is now a Disney property like the Marvel Avengers Movies. They do however differ in their execution. Where The Avengers relied on the success of Iron Man to kick-start the franchise, Star Wars is already existing and established. While an Avengers movie may have always been in the background, had Iron Man failed we probably wouldn’t have seen Thor or The Avengers. Since the success of the movies there has always been a thread running through them, they have even introduced another connected franchise, Guardians of the Galaxy, the first of which is due out in six weeks time. So does Stand-Alone mean a new and completely unconnected story, or just a film outside the upcoming trilogy? Whatever they do the idea and setting mean nothing without a strong script and well chosen actors.
Whatever they are thinking, only time will tell, but I can’t help feeling the franchise is in safe hands with J.J. Abrams and Gareth Edwards. I am rapidly moving from ” I have a very bad feeling about this” to A New Hope!