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Seriously? Standalone 'Star Wars' Movie Focus On Yoda It Will?

I guess this confirms they still don't have any good ideas

YodaIt's almost become just as annoying to complain about Star Wars as it is to champion it, but in an industry where if you aren't talking about the latest "big story" you're considered out of the loop. So what is there to do but let your opinion be known? Ignore it? Yeah right...

There is hardly any middle ground when it comes to the demise of the once loved sci-fi saga that resulted into three lackluster prequels and endless marketing tie-ins selling lunchboxes and stickers for your Trapper Keeper. George Lucas has made it equally hard for fans of the original trilogy to go on loving them as they once did with "special editions" that only proved to mangle the original vision into something of an ugly stepchild all these years later.

Now, Lucasfilm and the saga are in the hands of Disney and Michael Arndt is writing a screenplay for Star Wars: Episode VII, which J.J. Abrams will direct, but the Mouse House won't stop there. No, there will be spin-offs and standalone character films and we have the rumored focus of the first of those standalone films... Yoda.

Yes, the little Jedi master we first met in the Dagobah swamps back in 1980 is going to get his own film according to Ain't It Cool News. Can the possibility of an entire film with Yoda speaking his backwards self-confirming dialogue be appealing to anyone or is this more or less just more Jar-Jar Binks?

The opening to each and every Star Wars film begins with "A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far, Far Away..." That word "galaxy" and the number of planets and systems mentioned in the saga suggest there is more to focus on than only the characters we know so far. Is it so hard to come up with new stories and characters, or must we honestly tell a story about a tiny creature that waddles and/or jumps around like a crazy person?

Odds are, this is just a feeler story dropped off at AICN to get the Internet talking. I don't see this happening for a second... Primarily because it sounds like such a terrible idea. I know we would all like to say something along the lines of, "But what if great story they have?!?!?!" Then we think about it for a second and remember we're talking about a whole movie centered on Yoda and shock ourselves back into coherency.

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  • Bertram J. Krogh

    Yoda is kind of the cool sidekick character, the one who gets attention. Giving that character its own movie will probably destroy its image.

  • https://twitter.com/TooMuchHamza Hamza Zain

    Just no. Yoda is the Jedi Master. Leave him as such. Also, I don't want to watch a Star Wars movie where the main character is CGI.

  • MajorFilmFan

    Bad idea, this is. Yoda shouldn't be a stand alone charater. He works only when he's a supporting character. While he IS one of the most popular characters, I don't think a stand alone movie is a good idea AT ALL. This is like Peter Jackson saying "I'm going to make a move centering on Gollum"

    • http://letterboxd.com/ragingtaxidrver/ RagingTaxiDriver

      Totally agree with your comparison with Gollum.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/maja/ maja

      I actually think that the movie idea of Gollum, however bad it is, is still leaps and bounds better than the Yoda movie idea.

      • MajorFilmFan

        I agree. I wouldn't mind a Gollum movie, as bad as it sounds. At least Gollum has a solidified backstory. Yoda does not.

  • Bill

    "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" meets "King's Speech" in space. Work, it could.

    • MajorFilmFan

      Yoda goes to Speech Thearpy? Work, it could. Potentially. Possibly. There's a 1 in a million shot it could work.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/SirTrey/ Sir Trey

        Can someone please make this a short film on YouTube or something, cut to the Dragonheart score?

        "BECAUSE A VOICE I HAVE!

  • Roger

    You know what, I guess with rumours popping up everyday, I tend to not get worked up anymore over these things. I mean, if anyone has an issue with a Yoda movie being made, just don't buy the movie ticket.

    Disney owns this now, so they will exploit Star Wars and do as much movies as they can. A Yoda movie is directed to kids, they'll eat it up.

    And why wouldn't a Yoda movie work? An origin story on where Yoda came from and how he became a Jedi Master? If done well, this could be interesting. I don't know if any books or comics already touched on this subject though, but it could be a cool stand alone movie.

    I also find the idea of stand alone Star Wars movies interesting. There are so many Star Wars stories taking place before, in between and after the Star Wars movies, why not have stand alone movies showcasing lesser known characters, Marvel style? It doesn't all have to be three episodes at a time.

    Look, everyone bad mouthed Disney when they bought Marvel, and look what they have been making: quality movies and TV shows. You got Ultimate Spider-Man on Disney XD, Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, The Avengers Movies...it seems like they know what they're doing. Let's wait it out and see what they have to offer.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Steffen/ Steffen

    Call me weird, but I find this really exciting! Maybe because "The Empire Strikes Back" was my introduction to Star Wars in 1980, when I was 12 (which probably makes me the oldest person on this site and makes me probably even weirder).

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fox/ Fox

    Disney. . .

    • Kimberlesk

      agreed

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JimmyDiamies/ Jimmy Diamies

    I always liked the story of Star Wars: Shadow of the Empire, which I played on N64 as a kid. It wouldn't work great as it's set between Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi but the main character being a mercenary/bounty hunter helping the Rebellion is intriguing imo. That kind of character is probably to close to Han Solo but I agree with you Brad, there has to be new characters and stories to be told in such a vast universe. I would rather see that and let the previous characters be except in small cameos.

  • Tim

    I dunno, have Yoda's short green girlfriend killed by the Sith, have him report to the Jedi temple and undergo an experimental Midichlorians injection, add in some adamantium dipped light saber claws coming out of his hands and you have yourself a movie!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Dranderz/ Dranderz

    And then I'm sure in addition to (or even in LEIU of) other spinoffs, there will be 'Yoda: Part 2' and so forth. Hell, why not have franchises for all the spinoff characters extending far beyond the release years of the central Episode VII, VIII and XIV trilogy? Wouldn't you love to see four Jabba films or five General Greivous epics? Oh, wait, it's okay because they all slightly tie-in together—you know, like the Avengers? ARE YOU EXCITED YET?!!

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Dranderz/ Dranderz

      *IX. I meant "Episode VII, VIII, and IX". Been a while since I used those Roman numerals.

  • http://smartfilm.blogspot.com SmartFilm

    I mean, I guess the idea itself is intrinsically interesting because Yoda's so weird...and short...and green, but to have your main character be CGI in a live action world just seems off to me and it could easily be a trash bucket cash grab. Unless Disney put it in the hands of Pixar, then you might just have quite a prospect.

  • Dean

    By all means, let's have a movie featuring Boba Fett, a character whols major accomplishment in the original triology was hiding in space trash and getting bitchslapped into the Sarlaac Pit by a blind smuggler.

    • http://smartfilm.blogspot.com SmartFilm

      Apparently all you have to do is ask. It's on the way now.

  • Chris138

    Star Wars used to be fine, but the more I hear about it in recent years the more I start to dislike it. Stuff like this isn't helping matters.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AmericanNoir/ AmericanNoir

    Two word response to the idea of a stand alone movie: Boba Fett.

  • http://topyxyz.wordpress.com Topy

    now that's a witty title.