10 Star Wars Anthology Movies We REALLY Need

anthologySince the announcement of the Star Wars: Han Solo movie (to be released in 2018), you’ve probably seen some of these lists online and thought, “Really? Do we NEED a movie spinoff on that character from Star Wars: Rogue One who died in the end?”

Well, I think I’ve come up with a list of movies that should be made as part of the Star Wars Anthology and they’re not just because a character deserves a backstory.

Boba Fett

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boba-fett-vs-sarlaccThis is absolutely at the top of my Most Wanted List. Everybody knows what happened to his father, Jango, and how he ended up on his own. What they don’t know is everything that happened between that moment and the moment Boba Fett shows up in The Empire Strikes Back as a bounty hunter assigned to track down the Millennium Falcon. It’s been confirmed as canon that Boba Fett ended up surviving the Sarlacc Pit that he unceremoniously fell into in Return of the Jedi. So imagine the incredible movie storytelling this could be as the majority of the film is Boba’s flashbacks to his origins…bossk-2how he tried to kill Mace Windu alongside fellow bounty hunters Bossk and Aurra Sing before realizing that he had gone too far; how he formed a team of bounty hunters who went on a number of missions together; how he came into the employ of Jabba the Hutt; and even how he came into possession of his iconic Slave 1 ship…all the while flashing back to the present where he is trying to escape the Sarlacc knowing that Jabba’s floating palace has been destroyed just above him in a fiery explosion. This incredible story could bring back dengar-3Samuel L Jackson (who fans still love in his role as Master Windu), Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, and even a CGI version of Count Dooku! Not only that, it could also simultaneously bring back notable characters only briefly seen before like Bossk, Dengar, Plo Koon, and Aurra Sing while simultaneously introducing Star Wars characters that have never really been seen in live action form: cad-bane-4Jedi hunter Cad Bane, Sith apprentice-turned-bounty hunter Asajj Ventress, and Jedi fan-favourite and Ahsoka Tano! There is so much official Star Wars Expanded Universe storyline already available to dive into that the end of the movie could see Fett emerge from the Sarlacc (dead from the explosion) and set-up sequel opportunities. If THIS doesn’t scream out awesome, I really don’t know what does!

Lando Calrissian

This all really depends on how Donald Glover does in his portrayal of Han Solo’s smuggler BFF in the upcoming Star Wars Anthology movie spin-off. If he comes across as awesome as Billy Dee Williams portrayed him in the original trilogy, then I see at least one movie with Lando’s name across the marquee. Listen, there are already a ton of “Lando Calrissian Adventures” floating out there so why wouldn’t we want to lando-calrissian-1know what happened between the time Solo won the Millenium Falcon from Calrissian and when he sold out his “best friend” to the empire. I mean, just how did he come into running Cloud City on Bespin? How many ladies has Calrissian given Colt .45 to? The possibilities are endless!

Young(er) Obi-Wan Kenobi

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obi-wan-kenobi-2Here’s the thing…we don’t need to know what happened to Obi-Wan Kenobi prior to him becoming a padowan for Qui-Jon Ginn. What we really need to know is what kind of adventures did Kenobi get involved with from the time he went into hiding and took Luke to Tattooine as a baby to the time he saved Luke from the Sandpeople? We’re looking at a near 20-year span of time where he called himself “Ben Kenobi” that includes stopping Jabba the Hutt’s men from “collecting their water tax” during the Great Drought, how obi-wan-kenobi-1he watched Luke grow up (from a distance) and become a pretty great pilot on Tattooine, how he battled Tusken Raiders, how he came into conflict with Owen Lars about how Luke was being raised, and even encountering a very NOT dead Darth Maul on more than one occasion (though that may have happened prior to Order 66…it all gets confusing after awhile). With Ewan McGregor very much interested in continuing the Kenobi story, this movie is very much a possibility that could easily tie-in the prequels to A New Hope with an entirely separate and unique story.

Darth Maul

darth-maul-1Honestly, try telling me that you don’t want to know Darth Maul’s backstory. Not only his backstory of being “given” to Darth Sidious as an infant by his mother, but how he was trained to become a Sith apprentice (including some of the missions he was sent on during his training and how he was more of a Sith assassin than an actual apprentice).  And it’s Star Wars canon that Maul didn’t die after being cut in half, either. Thanks to The Clone Wars animated series, Maul came back (with a new lower half and some grown antlers on his head) to reunite with his brother Savage Opress, battle Nightsister Asajj Ventress, attempt to kill Obi-Wan Kenobi, help conquer Mandalore before being imprisoned, and then escaping to kill his captors all before seeing Darth Sidious kill his brother and kidnap Maul for his own evil purposes. Of course, the unofficial “Legends” stories tell of how he escaped and darth-maul-2continued to track down Kenobi so he could finally destroy him…resulting in a final battle on Tattooine where Kenobi and Owen Lars (!!) teamed to finally kill Maul, the aftermath of which was Lars telling Kenobi to stay far away from a very young Luke Skywalker so to keep him safe. So yes, Maul was the reason “Ol’ Ben” never was around Luke growing up. Now tell me you wouldn’t want to see this flick?!?!?!

Star Wars: Rebels

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star-wars-rebels-1There have already been a lot of stories told in the new animated Rebels series that could be translated to the big screen. That probably wouldn’t happen, though, as Disney wouldn’t want to duplicate continuity when they could expand upon it. I mean, the characters were heavily hinted at in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and they even showed cameos of the small robot and their ship, The Ghost. Maybe there are a number of adventures that could take place after Rogue kanan-jarrus-hera-syndullaOne has concluded. Or maybe we could be treated to a live-action prequel to the animated series based on “A New Dawn”, where Kanan Jarrus is wandering the galaxy alone after Order 66 killed off all of the Jedi and tells the story of how he eventually met-up with and teamed with Hera Syndulla. I mean, if you’re going to tease the animated characters in the live-action movies, then why not go all-out?

Knights of the Old Republic

darth-malak-darth-revan-1The “Mandalorian Wars” part of this storyline JUST became canon over the weekend!! That’s truly exciting because it means the rest of the KotOR storyline might also be confirmed as canon sooner rather than later. And honestly, the whole idea of lightsaber battles between the Jedi Order (including the fantastic backstory of the Prodigal Knight, Revan) going up against a Sith armada led by Darth Malak and a Sith-built assassin droid hk-47-1named HK-47 (who is used as a Jedi hunter) is extremely appealing, not to mention that the backstory of the Galactic Republic has only been hinted at in the movies at this point. There is just so much more that can be told and many of the video games thus far have proved that great storylines can be generated that can easily tie-in to the current Star Wars Expanded Universe.

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the-death-watch-3Some of the favourite characters from the Star Wars Expanded Universe are Boba Fett (from the original trilogy), his father Jango Fett (from the prequels), and Sabine Wren (from Star Wars: Rebels). What they all have in common is that they are Mandalorians. The Mandalorians were a warrior race (known for the-death-watch-1being bounty hunters and mercenaries) who had renounced their barbaric past to adopt pacifist ideals. Around the time of the Clone Wars, a splinter group called The Death Watch opposed this pacifist government and unsuccessfully attempted to overthrow them, eventually becoming part of Darth Maul’s Shadow Collective, who successfully took over the planet Mandalore during the war alongside his brother, Savage Opress. This whole storyline also includes appearances by Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and Count Dooku. It would be a great way to tie-in the much reviled prequels with something new and cool, while at the same time including something awesome about both trilogies and the new SWEU.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

galen-marek-3I realize that this one is a long shot, especially given how the title character from the video game/novel/comic (Starkiller) was turned into the name of the First Order’s massive weaponized planet in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Still…this storyline is just too awesome to simply leave alone. Once Vader and Emperor Palpatine (aka Darth Sidious) have risen to power and have defeated the Jedi Order, the-force-unleashed-2there are still pockets of resistance and missing Jedi throughout the galaxy that Vader is dispatched to resolve himself (aka the Great Jedi Purge). He comes across a small child (the son of a Jedi he kills) and finds immeasurable power and potential within him. Though it goes against Sith creed, Vader abducts the boy and trains him to be his own apprentice, as Vader believes he can eventually help him destroy the Emperor. Galen Marek (aka Starkiller) then travels the galaxy doing Vader’s “dirty work” in places like Kashyyyk and Raxus Prime. He eventuallygalen-marek-1 befriends a Jedi, falls in love with his beautiful Imperial pilot, and turns his double-agent duties into a full-on rebellion. I would LOVE to see Marek pull down an Imperial Star Destroyer with the Force, so for that reason alone I’d love to see this story brought to life.

Yoda

yoda-2Can I be honest here? As much as CGI has grown over time, I just don’t know if I could watch a 2-hour movie focusing on a CGI character. While I can only imagine the incredible tales that could be told with a lifetime of almost 900 years of Jedi adventures. The story is that Yoda became a Jedi Master at age 100, thus going on to train and tutor generations of Jedi over the next 800 years. With a number of almost 20,000 Jedi trained, there are probably more than enough stories to be told to fill up an entirely new trilogy, if need be. But that’s the thing…is there a real need here? Yoda’s awesome, don’t get me wrong. I just don’t know if I really think we need an Anthology movie about him. asajj-ventress-1But if we DID go that route, there are already stories out there about his time spent with the Wookies on Kashyyyk (he was apparently called “Defender of the Home Tree” because of the times he went to battle for them), how he trained Count Dooku (among many others), how he battled against assassins like Asajj Ventress and Barriss Offee, and even incorporate other stories of ancient Jedi like K’ungfu and Chuang (as Yoda was told stories of these great Jedi of the past)…so I suppose it wouldn’t have to be a 100% Yoda movie. I guess the more I think about it, the cooler it sounds.

Just About Anything Else

expanded-universe-2general-grievous-3C’mon…there has GOT to be a hundred little “side stories” that tie-in to the original trilogy (or even the prequels) that primarily involve new characters and storylines. There could be tales from The Jedi Council that involve appearances by Mace Windu and Yoda, but star lesser-known (but recognizable) Jedi such as Plo Koon, Luminara Unduli, or Kit Fisto. expanded-universe-3There could be tales of characters we only got little tastes of in the movies like General Grievous (seriously…such a cool character but what WAS the guy??) or have only been able to enjoy in cartoon form like Ahsoka Tano.

And I think that’s the great thing about all this: the possibilities are endless.

ahsoka-tano-2Sure, some may think that somebody like Ahsoka Tano couldn’t carry a movie on her own…but that’s what people said when Iron Man first came out. That’s also what people said about the completely unknown cast of characters who made up Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

If you have a great storyline, a great cast of characters, great performances, and a director who truly has a passion for how Star Wars is to be shown to the world…then there really is no limit to the stories you can tell from this incredible universe.

And I, for one, cannot wait to see where things go from here.

The World According to ZAH

Tomorrowland– I’ll be honest…I wasn’t really that keen on watching Tomorrowland. The “teaser” trailer did nothing for me. The new full trailer, though, has me extremely interested. This is the difference between a great trailer and the trailer from Ant-Man. One can turn an average-looking movie into a hit and the other can turn a sure-fire box-office winner into just another movie.

GAME OF THRONES!!! Holy crap…I can’t wait for this show to return!!

LeSean McCoy - Buffalo Bill– What in the blue hell has been going on in the NFL this past week? I mean…I don’t know if I’ve ever seen the type of moves I’ve seen in the first few days of free agency as I’ve seen over this past week. There are a LOT of interesting moves from some teams. The Buffalo Bills picked up LeSean McCoy and Matt Cassell to a ton of fanfare. Rex Ryan is also looking at Percy Harvin and Charles Clay. Can you imagine THAT offensive line-up?? Speaking of awesome offensive line-ups, what about the Indianapolis Colts?

JETS– The New York Jets have picked up Darelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Brandon Marshall. It’s a shame they still only have Geno Smith to rely on, but maybe Fitzpatrick will get an opportunity. And the Eagles were looking horrific for a second with getting rid of McCoy, Jeremy Maclin, and Nick Foles with only getting Sam Bradford in return for their offense…but with the signing of DeMarco Murray things are looking a little bit better.

Jimmy Graham Seahawks– The biggest head-scratchers have been Jimmy Graham traded to Seattle, Julius Thomas signing with Jacksonville (really??), KC dishing out more money for Jeremy Maclin than Green Bay did to re-sign Randall Cobb, and Torrey Smith getting more money than either of those WR’s by signing with the 49ers.

What a crazy week. GODDAMN I love the NFL!!

NXT touring– I know that there are a number of people concerned about how NXT is planning on touring, and how those tours could turn into WWE trying to get rid of the biggest and best local indie feds out there. I just don’t think that’s going to happen. Listen…sure, NXT has signed some of the best independent talent available in the world over the past year. Yes, they’ll plan on going out and touring. But I don’t think that spells the end of red-hot indies like PWG, ROH, or even House of Hardcore. There are simply too many ex-WWE veterans and too many talented up-and-comers out there…NXT can’t sign them all. And I don’t know about you, but the last time I looked the indie scene was pretty damn hot. There are packed houses all over the United States and I can tell you that not all of them are using the draw of multiple ex-WWE talents to get over with local crowds. To me, the indy scene is too strong right now. NXT will simply be one more incredibly awesome alternative for wrestling fans to love.

– Every once in awhile, I’ll come up with something good…

– This announcement about the new Star Wars franchise left me quite happy…

Boba FettAs much as I am looking forward to a Boba Fett stand-alone movie, I’m excited to see what they do with a potential Rogue One franchise. I mean, it’s a whole part of the Star Wars expanded universe that nobody has ever looked at before. This is VERY exciting news. I think it’s extremely intelligent to not rely on the original trilogy for everything. There are just so many stories to tell within the EU that you’ll never run out of great movies to make.

Star Wars Rebels– I’ve been getting into the new Star Wars Rebels animated series with my son, too. Knowing that this is “official canon” bridging Episode III and Episode IV is quite exciting. And I’ll be honest, when my son and I watched the season finale’s final minutes we gave each other hi-fives in excitement…I mean, Ahsoka Tano AND Darth Vader??? FUCK YEAH!!!

Nickelback– And let be clear…I don’t give a FUCK if you think I’m lame or not, I’m not a hater of Nickelback. In fact, I think they’re a pretty decent rock band. Are they the end-all for rock-n-roll? Of course not, but the legions of haters out there that hate because it’s hip and cool are fucking annoying. For that reason alone, I feel like I want to like more of Nickelback’s music. I mean…for chrissakes, people: they’re musicians. If you’re gonna hate on somebody, hate on Madonna for trying to look hot in her 50’s instead of aging gracefully (Tina Turner, anyone?). Hate on the entire rap genre right now because it’s “not hip” to have a rap song with a catchy beat. Hate on Miley Cyrus because…well…she’s an untalented cunt. If you don’t like their music, then have at ‘er. But if you’ve only listened to one or two songs and hate on Nickelback because everybody else does, grow the fuck up already. I’m so fucking over it.

– Song of the week is from, as you’d expect, Nickelback. It’s a new song that people are really loving or REALLY hating. I compare it to KISS dipping their feet into the disco pool with I Was Made For Loving You and having a ton of backlash (even though it’s still one of their most popular songs today). The video, unfortunately, doesn’t help their cause: