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Are the new 'Star Wars' films really going to be origin stories?

Where did R2-D2 come from?

By Kate Erbland Sep 13, 2013 8:56AM
Reporting from a financial presentation centered on the Walt Disney Co., Variety managed to report on perhaps the only interesting element of a very dry-sounding money chat. The outlet passes along word that, during said presentation, the new slate of "Star Wars" films were indeed referred to as "origin story" films, which is somehow both incredibly interesting news and completely open for interpretation. No other information about those films - like just whose origin? - was available, so let's just commence speculating right now.

The "Star Wars" universe is obviously packed with tons of characters, and plenty of them are surely worthy of their own film, but the belief has long held that the new films would focus on the children of Luke, Leia, and Han. If Disney is being coy and using the term "origin story" to describe films that will center on the origin of those kiddos, good on them for mixing things up, because we're otherwise uninspired and disinterested in the new batch of films.

Other observations from the presentation include a comment from Walt Disney Co. chief financial officer Jay Rasulo, who said "the market is extremely hot for everything ‘Star Wars.'" (Really, just try arguing with that.) Rasulo also believes that the franchise is an "evergreen property" that remains not only bankable but recognizable to younger generations, thanks to ever-steady toy sales. And, yes, don't worry, there will be plenty of new toys ready when the first films begin rolling out in 2017.

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Sep 18, 2013 2:50PM
do a movie on the origins of the trash compactor monster.  He's way overlooked and underated for an eyeball on a stick that tried to eat Luke.
Sep 18, 2013 2:46PM
I remember being totally blown away by the first three movies as a kid, and quite pissed about the next three as an adult.  Lucas lost his way, and regardless of the "bankability" of the franchise, it needs to get back to its roots.  
Sep 18, 2013 3:00PM
They should do movies based on the Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn. Great books
Sep 18, 2013 2:44PM
Do some Knights of The Old Republic movies. The original trilogy stories are beat to death. Do something fresh, and more interesting.
Sep 18, 2013 2:58PM
Yes, actually I did.  I was hoping Disney would pick up where 'The Return of the Jedi' left off and continue along that arc; however, if theyt do fast-forwad to the origin of their children, this could be great too.  I just hope that someone over there realizes what a collosal mistake it would be for them to screw this up.  If they turn 'Star Wars' into 'Pirates of the Carribean' they will end up eating 4 billion dollars.  This can't be 'Disney-fied' by any stretch of the imagination.  Films 1-3 were a humiliating slap in the face that let us know that George Lucas really didn't give a (enter expletive of your choice).  The only way to truly turn this franchise around is to bring back the originality and grittiness of the first three films and use CG sparingly.  Disney has some truly amazing talent, let's hope they can do something great.  Restore our faith, Disney; may the force be with you!
Sep 18, 2013 2:51PM
If they don't include showing boba fett getting out of the sarlac, I will be crushed
Sep 18, 2013 4:43PM
I see your Schwartz is as big as mine
Sep 18, 2013 3:24PM
The only "origin story" I would be even remotely interested in would be Han and Chewbacca's. There's an opportunity for some really cool and original stuff there.
Origins of the Sith species, Sith order, Jeda'ii, and the Jedi order.
Sep 18, 2013 3:12PM
NO, the first new film will be Episode VII and will continue the trilogy of trilogies.  The Yoda, Boba Fett, etc. movies will be origin stories and will come in between Episodes VII, VIII, IX.  So we will get a 'new' movie and then an origin story, 'new' movie, origin story, new movie, origin story.
Sep 18, 2013 4:32PM
I was in 7th grade when the first one came out...I had no idea what to expect when I went into the blew me away...
Sep 18, 2013 3:04PM
Perhaps no one else is, but I am excited about the new Star Wars movies and hopefully, I'll be there for the first opening night showing in my local theater,
Sep 18, 2013 4:20PM
Sep 18, 2013 2:53PM
Whatever you do, Disney, don't flood the market with merchanise and get us tired of Star Wars.
Sep 18, 2013 3:09PM

Something about Han and Leia's kids would be good.  The books that I have read were very interesting.

The only origin that they could do would be Han Solo.  Luke and Leia were already described along with darth vader. 

The last three movies were not as good as the first three.  The first three with the added special affects lost me as well.  I still have to original VHS of the star wars movies.

Lets face it the whole darth vader tie in was very weakly done.  The ages of the characters do not even make sense.

At the end of the day I would probably go see it no matter what any ways, although seeing sequel would be less likely if they screw up the next movie.



Sep 18, 2013 3:24PM
When the first Star Wars movie (later called Episode 4)came out, I think I read that Lucas had plotted out a 9 episode series, but that he didn't expect to make more than 3.  Later, he did do Episodes 1 - 3, so from here, even though Disney is now in charge,  we should go to Episode 7, possibly involving Han & Leia's children, but certainly not another prequel series.
Sep 18, 2013 2:52PM
If this is the case, origin "prequel" of a prequel, then why would they be asking the original cast to join the film?
Sep 18, 2013 2:40PM
Did anyone expect anything else, really?
Sep 18, 2013 2:59PM
How about doing the "Heir to the Empire"  book series. excellent stories. If you havent read them you can t be called a Star Wars fan.
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