‘Star Wars’: Spinoff Trilogies That We’d Love to See
It’s an exciting time to be a Star Wars fan. Disney is going all-in on new movies, books, video games, and TV shows, and it’s given us a flood of new content the likes of which we’ve never seen in the franchise’s history.
We know the studio’s plan is to prolong the franchise indefinitely as it continues to make piles of money, leading to the creation of the Anthology spinoff trilogy. It’s safe to say that Episodes VII through IX won’t be the last we hear from the series. So where will Lucasfilm go next? For a galaxy with a history dating back thousands of years, the possibilities are damn near endless.
There are tons of stories left to tell within the expansive Star Wars universe. Lucasfilm is well aware of this fact, evidenced by the reams of new stories they’ve delivered in virtually every medium over the last two years. Once we’re past the new trilogy and Anthology saga, the following spinoffs seem like likely destinations.
1. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Originally made right before the prequel trilogy hit theaters, the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic video games were runaway hits. They were set over 4,000 years before the main Star Wars story picks up in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, and because of this, were allowed an insane amount of creative freedom.
We got to see the Jedi and Sith at the height of their respective powers, new worlds and characters, and a part of the saga that was truly the stuff of legends. It’s not strictly considered canon in Disney’s New Order, but a return to the Knights of the Old Republic time period would make for an intriguing Star Wars history lesson all the same.
2. Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Let’s clarify one thing before we dive in here: Star Wars: The Clone Wars cartoon series was incredible, and in many ways it’s the best thing the prequel trilogy ever gave us. Knowing that, imagine a trilogy that actually gives us some background into the deeper aspects of Anakin Skywalker, his apprentice Ahsoka Tano, and the raging war we never actually got to see much of in the prequels themselves.
Because a full-blown prequel reboot would never really work, a live-action Clone Wars saga represents the next best thing. In fairness, a Clone Wars trilogy would present its own fair share of problems. It’d probably have to recast Hayden Christensen, although with Alden Ehrenreich now playing young Han Solo, it also wouldn’t be an unprecedented move. It would really just be a question of playing nice within the established canon of the prequels and the Star Wars Rebels TV series, something Lucasfilm has proven capable of since Disney took the reins back in 2012.
3. The New Republic
The timeline post-Star Wars: Return of the Jedi is hazy right now to say the least. Star Wars: The Force Awakens picked up 30 years following the defeat of Emperor Palpatine, leaving a huge gap in the story just begging to be filled in. The new-canon novels have done a considerable job laying the groundwork for that in Bloodlines and Aftermath, and the pump is primed for at least one trilogy.
What happened to the New Republic as it first came to power? How did Luke Skywalker’s fledgling Jedi Order collapse so quickly? What led to Ben Solo’s inevitable fall to the temptation of the Dark Side? These are all questions that could carry a story on their own.
4. The Tragedy of Darth Plagueis
Darth Plagueis is largely a myth within the established canon of Disney’s Star Wars, and that leaves his story wide open for interpretation. The story told by Palpatine to Anakin in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith outlines the journey of Plagueis, a Sith Lord with the ability to manipulate midi-chlorians to save his loved ones from death.
Many theorize that this tampering of the Force was the reason behind Anakin’s virgin birth, acting as a reaction to balance the scales between good and evil. Since the accompanying Star Wars: Darth Plagueis novel written back in 2008 is no longer part of the Star Wars canon, any movies made could get creative with any and all details of the story.
5. Obi-Wan Kenobi in exile
Given Ewan McGregor’s enthusiasm to reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi, it wouldn’t be a stretch to at least prominently feature him in his own Anthology movie. But even that wouldn’t begin to cover the decades he spent in exile on Tatooine. To really tell a well-rounded tale of Kenobi’s days in exile, a trilogy wouldn’t be at all out of the question. We’ve already seen teases at it in the form of a showdown between Kenobi and Darth Maul on Star Wars Rebels. All we’d need is for a trio of films to fill in the rest.
6. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Despite no longer being a canonical Star Wars story, The Force Unleashed video game was a fascinating story nonetheless. The basic plot focused on Starkiller, a young man raised and trained by Darth Vader as a secret apprentice, with designs of teaming up to overthrow Emperor Palpatine. The game’s main focus was having the player decided between falling to the Dark Side or helping the Rebellion, giving a potential trilogy plenty of material to work with thematically. Bonus: Starkiller is modeled off of (and voiced) by actor Sam Witwer, so we’d already have the main character cast right off the bat.
7. Revan and the Mandalorian Wars
Darth Revan is known as one of the primary villains in the Knights of the Old Republic series, but before he was ever a formidable Sith, he was a military hero for the Jedi. The Mandalorian Wars featured the warrior culture going to battle with the Galactic Republic, before suffering defeat at the hands of Revan. A trilogy would make for an interesting story about Revan’s eventual fall to the Dark Side, all while perfectly setting up the Knights of the Old Republic storyline.
8. Darth Bane
For a long time, Darth Bane languished in the Legends portion of Disney’s new Star Wars empire. An appearance at the end of The Clone Wars animated series though injected him back into the canon, leading us to wonder if Lucasfilm might have anything planned for the Sith Lord. For those unfamiliar with him, Bane was the Sith who created the “Rule of Two,” stating that the Sith must always have a Master and an apprentice; no more, no less. His legacy as the forefather of the Sith Order we know today would be fascinating to dive into, while providing some context for characters like Palpatine.
9. Maul and the Nightsisters
Darth Maul didn’t get to do much in The Phantom Menace. In the years since, he’s become one of the most interesting villains in the Star Wars canon, reappearing in The Clone Wars, Rebels, and most recently, in his own standalone Marvel Comics series. There’s a clear, concerted effort behind fleshing his story out, and a trilogy covering his origin with the Nightsisters, and his formative years under Palpatine would accomplish just that.
10. Star Wars: Aftermath
Chuck Wendig’s Star Wars: Aftermath trilogy has given fans the biggest window to the post-Return of the Jedi universe, detailing the final days of the Empire, Palpatine’s mysterious protege, and the climactic Battle of Jakku. Even as side-stories relegated to novels, each installment is incredibly cinematic, and would translate wonderfully to a trilogy of films should Lucasfilm ever decide to adapt them.
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