Disney has a decision to make when it comes to how to expand Star Wars without ruining the franchise and the answer could very well be TV.
Currently, we had eight episodic films with a ninth in development and two standalone anthology films with the most recent, Solo on its way to theaters in May. More are likely planned, but does every Star Wars live action story need to be a feature film?
While the animated TV series with The Clone Wars, Rebels, and Forces of Destiny became successes for the platforms they aired on, they could have a greater future on TV. With Jon Favreau creatively involved in executive producing and writing a live-action Star Wars series for Disney’s streaming service, it could be time to expand more Star Wars live action TV shows.
Continuing their current film path risks burning out fans like another popular franchise, Star Trek. Even star Mark Hamill thinks Disney’s overambitious nature is not going to be healthy for the Star Wars franchise.
Here are some ideas that could work within the paradigm.
Rian Johnson’s Trilogy
Given the mixed response of The Last Jedi, perhaps holding off on doing an entire feature film trilogy might not be such a bad idea.
Same for Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’ contributions to Star Wars And their upcoming films.
Given how much world-building and development involved with such an ambitious project set in the Star Wars universe, maybe prove to be overwhelming.
While creatively, Johnson showed he can develop his own vision and has the confidence of Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and Disney, perhaps it was a bit premature to grant him his own trilogy. The man has 11 projects to his credit and he has experience on TV.
One suggestion is to allow Johnson to be the live action TV showrunner the project. It could be an exclusive to the Disney streaming service or be on a major network like ABC. Let the characters grow with the audience and if it’s popular enough, then get started on the trilogy. The pressure to constantly churn new material risks oversaturation. Not to mention if the story falls flat, Lucasfilm can cut their losses short without having to plunk further millions of dollars with the show’s cancellation.
When hearing about a proposed Boba Fett film as part of the Star Wars Anthology series, it was probably one of the most ridiculous things imagined. So a character that had no more than about 5-10 minutes of screen time through all the films is generating enough interest to warrant his own film?
Sorry, the only thing appealing about Boba is the look of his Mandalorian armor. What else was Boba in? A lineup scene with Vader discussing the bounty on Han Solo in Empire Strikes Back. Boba walks to his ship with Han Solo in carbonite in Cloud City. Brief appearance shots on Jabba’s barge.
There two seconds when he ties up Luke with his grappling rope in the execution scene, a few deflected shots and an accidental bump from Han Solo sending Boba crashing into the barge before being the sarlaac’s meal.
Aside from those appearances, he was an unnecessary shoehorned kid of Jango Fett in Attack of the Clones and he made a few appearances in the animated shows.
So after all of that, Boba deserves his own movie? Sorry, you don’t take risks on such a niche character and make an entire film out of him. If you want the mainstream audience care about Boba Fett, make a TV show out of him so that way if it gets cancelled right away, you wouldn’t blow millions of dollars on a guess.
Yes, you can make a case for Rogue One since there was zero build up to any of the main characters were in the previous installments outside of Vader, Tarkin, C-3PO and R2-D2. The latter two were just cameos. You can even argue the film was unnecessary, but it does show that Star Wars is capable of showing what non-forcing using ingenuity can do without relying on the Jedi to turn things around.
Dave Filoni created many interesting characters from his animated TV shows. All but one of his major characters survived in Star Wars: Rebels. There could be many different aspects of the war between the Galactic Empire versus the Rebel Alliance that could have been covered from the various perspectives. You can also shift to the current sequel trilogy timeline.
Two characters of interest are the two surviving Jedi from the show, Ahsoka and Ezra. A character like Ahsoka already has a loyal following with Clone Wars and Rebels. If she stays out of the way of the events of the original trilogy, we can see the next or last phase of her journey. Ezra’s fate was also left uncertain as he took Thrawn with him at the conclusion of Rebels.
Sabine, Kallus, Zeb could all take the franchise in new directions. Zeb and Callus could be a Star Wars show without Jedi, but focuses on the Rebel Alliance. Sabine’s adventures on Mandalore could also be a point of interest since it would be feasible to even have Boba Fett as a character on the show.
Another possibility is a popular character in the prequels, Mace Windu. As originally played by Samuel L. Jackson, Mace’s story to become a Jedi master could provoke some fascinating storytelling especially at a time of the Old Republic. It would make for a dramatic shift since most of the Disney-era Star Wars projects focused after Revenge of the Sith.
What Star Wars character could be good for live action?