I got to experience the original trilogy, as a kid, without spoilers. I read Star Wars novels when it was uncool, and Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn Trilogy was no joke page count wise for a ten year old. I invested countless hours in a universe that was ultimately retconned as a “Legends” story. I was there on every opening night from The Phantom Menace all the way up to Rogue One this past Thursday. I am not a Star Wars hipster. I’ve “unlearned what I have learned” experiencing the Phantom Menace. I’m just a fan who takes the good with the bad and loves to see this world celebrated and expanded.
So, in celebration of Rogue One and the continued success of Rebels, I present my 5 picks for Star Wars stories that I would love to see expanded on the big screen, either as separate films or one big epic encompassing them all:
5. Tales of the Bounty Hunters–During the heyday of the Star Wars novels, there was an anthology book about the bounty hunters who were summoned by Darth Vader to pursue Luke Skywalker and his Rebel friends. IG-88, Dengar, Bossk, Zuckuss, and Boba Fett each received their own short story. While I don’t think each of them could support a solo film (even though a Boba Fett solo has been rumored/in the works), a bounty hunter ensemble would be interesting. Also, a Boba Fett solo film would fit in nicely with some of my later picks.
4. Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos–It would be sad if every loose end of the Clone Wars animated series was succinctly tied up in the Star Wars Rebels series. One such story is the redemption of Asajj Ventress, once a Sith apprentice to Count Dooku, and later companion to Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos. The consensus has always been that once a Jedi begins his journey down the path of the dark side it will “forever be a part of your destiny.” As we have seen with Vader, that does not always mean you can’t be redeemed. My question would be, after Order 66, did Ventress and Vos survive or did Vader hunt them down also?
3. Darth Maul–So my 3rd pick is both selfish and grandiose. I think Obi-Wan deserves his own trilogy, and the Clone Wars animated series is a resource that should be mined…starting with Darth Maul. Some of his backstory was covered in Clone Wars, but his character (even if he’s not reprised by Ray Park) could have a brilliant screen presence. As has been shown in Rebels, Maul has grown older, wiser, more cunning, and sinewy. Perhaps Maul returns to Mandalore, which leads me to my next pick…
2. Mandalore–Yes, there should be a Boba Fett solo film, but I feel like a trilogy that utilizes him effectively would benefit him more and set him up for a solo film/trilogy of his own. Some of my favorite episodes of the Clone Wars were the ones dealing with Mandalore, Pre-Vizla, Deathwatch, Satine and Obi-Wan, and Darth Maul. I would like to see the history of Mandalore explored, but perhaps Maul and Obi-Wan have unfinished business to “discuss” there concerning Satine’s death.
1. Ahsoka Tano–Fans, old and fans who grew up watching the Clone Wars animated series, deserve to know what happens to Ahsoka. She was our eyes for the duration of the Clone Wars. She was Anakin’s apprentice. There is no way that she fades into obscurity with the rise of Vader. She would fight. Rebels gave us a glimpse of that fight, but I feel like a Maul/Mandalore/Ahsoka filled trilogy book-ended by Obi-Wan and Vader would be epic. Could you imagine all 4 fighting simultaneously at the climax of the third film? If only.