The 8 Star Wars Stories We'd Like to See Disney Adapt in the Near Future

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Disney, the studio that already houses the world's most popular animation studio (Pixar) and the comics studio with The Avengers the world's most successful comic book film of all time (Marvel), has just purchased George Lucas's Lucasfilm Ltd., the company responsible for all things Star Wars. Just let that sink in for a minute. Now for the next part: as part of the purchase, Disney has also announced they'll be releasing Star Wars: Episode VII in 2015. It's a reality George Lucas seemed averse to for a very long time, and one many Star Wars fans probably lost interest in after the prequels let them down. However, with Lucas stepping back and no longer in creative control, there's a chance for something good to once again arise from the franchise.

To start, there are probably hundreds of different stories within the Star Wars universe at this point, thanks in no small part to all the novels, comic books, video games, TV shows, etc. that followed on the heels of the 6 films. However, hopefully the ones Disney pursues will cover new ground instead of rehashing old ones (like going the route of the clones of the Emperor and his World Devastators). There are far more interesting seeds to plant, even ones that let them include Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher in a way that lets them resume their roles while still gracefully handing off the reins to a potentially younger cast.

Here are 8 ideas we kind of hope Disney nurtures.

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1. Grand Admiral Thrawn

Timothy Zahn was one of the biggest names in Star Wars fiction in that time when the novels took the loose threads left by the films at the end of Return of the Jedi and continued on, and he wrote one trilogy of stories in particular that were phenomenal. They involved a brilliant tactician named Grand Admiral Thrawn, one of the few aliens with a position of command in the Empire, who came out of the depths of space just as Leia was getting the New Republic on its feet in the aftermath of a crumbling Empire. That is, until Thrawn shows up and sends everyone scrambling. It's as good an arc as any to show what's happened in the years since we last saw them, and if blended well enough with a few other storylines below, it could make for lots of new ground while tying it firmly into the classic trilogy.

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2. Mara Jade

The former Emperor's Hand, Mara Jade was a Jedi trained by the Emperor to be his silent assassin when sending Darth Vader would just attract too much attention. Upon the Emperor's death she was tasked with killing Luke Skywalker, but after a little clever interpreting courtesy of clones, Mara Jade is let off the hook and the two eventually marry and have a son. It's a story that ties closely into that of Thrawn's and it gives Luke something interesting to worry about and also means Episodes 7-9 would have some lightsaber battles - something that would be absent otherwise considering most other Jedi are dead or deep in hiding.

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3. Jaina and Jacen Solo

Assuming Han and Leia are a part of the new episode and assuming they're not being digitally altered to look young or replacing Ford and Fisher with younger actors, why not keep the story of their twin children in check? After all, Hand and Leia got together. That happened. It's probably a great many years later, so why not let their kids be the new faces of Star Wars? They have some really dark story arcs ahead of them, so it still lets the franchise go strong on drama. Throw in their third child Anakin, too, if you want. Either way, all three are Jedi and it leaves room for two other story points...

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4. The Jedi Academy

After the Rebels used Yavin 4 to launch their attack on the first Death Star, they left the base intact and abandoned. Years later Luke Skywalker would decide it's the perfect spot to start a new Jedi Academy and begin a search for young, undiscovered Jedi throughout the universe. Again, it's something for Luke to do and it gives the new trilogy an opportunity for lightsaber battles. Another bonus is that a great many stories launch from the establishment of the Jedi Academy, and it's an easy way to keep Jacen and Jaina Solo in the spotlight. If Disney gets really ambitious and keeps the new live films going longer it can lead to...

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5. The Yuuzhan Vong

One of the most recent plots in the Star Wars universe involved an invasion of a warrior race who quickly and efficiently massacre planet after planet within the known Star Wars galaxies thanks to their biological methods of warfare that the technology of the Empire and Republic can't combat. It's a very dark story, and as is it requires the Solo children as established characters in the Star Wars world.

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6. Rogue and Wraith Squadron

To diversify the threads of the story, or even if Disney gets so enterprising as to make TV shows, there was a great series of novels written mostly by Michael A. Stackpole and Aaron Allston that centered almost entirely on Rogue Squadron, an elite group of Republic pilots led by Wedge Antilles and Wes Janson who took on ridiculous missions. Assuming Mark Hamill is too involved in other storylines to put him back in the cockpit and give audiences a firsthand view of the space battles in whatever story they do decide to tell, why not endear us to these folks? These novels were always pretty funny, and it helps the audience remain invested in the space battles.

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7. Truce at Bakura

If the Admiral Thrawn series seems a bit too much like a rehash of the Rebellion against the Empire, then there is always the excellent standalone novel by Kathy Tyers. The downside is that theoretically it's supposed to follow right on the heels of the events of Return of the Jedi, which is hard because time is (so far) linear and Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill have aged. Also, it has a plot very similar to the Yuuzhan Vong storyline, and though Bakura came first, it's not nearly as detailed as the later plot.

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8. The Survival of Boba Fett

One of the fan-favorite stories of the expanded Star Wars universe was the revelation that Boba Fett survived his fall into the Sarlacc (that big hole rimmed with teeth) during that fight on Tatooine as Han, Luke and Leia fought to escape Jabba the Hutt. He does so by essentially detonating a grenade and surviving what the big beast can't. While he doesn't set himself on a vendetta of revenge against Solo, he does resume his duties as the universe's most feared badass, and even goes on to have his own trilogy which was a bit weird but still fun. While I don't expect Disney to make a chapter solely about Boba Fett, it would be cool as hell to have a few cutaway scenes of Boba Fett recuperating and donning the armor once again.

Any Star Wars plots you'd like to see developed in a live-action film?

Oct
30
2012
Lex Walker • Editor

He's a TV junkie with a penchant for watching the same movie six times in one sitting. If you really want to understand him you need to have grown up on Sgt. Bilko, Alien, Jurassic Park and Five Easy Pieces playing in an infinite loop. Recommend something to him - he'll watch it.

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