February 4, 2013

YODA And JABBA Spin-Offs In The Works At LucasFilm?

AICN is reporting that they're hearing that Disney/LucasFilm are hot to get production started on the first of many spin-off Star Wars films. They say that the first one will focus on Master Yoda. Details are scarce but it could involve him during his 800 years of training jedi or after the events of Episode III. I would be curious to find out if this is the same project that Zack Snyder was pitching to the studio which was going to be inspired by The Seven Samurai. Either way the studio wants Yoda to be the first spin-off.

Someone on twitter quickly suggested Andy Serkis if they go with a motion capture/CGI mix for Yoda. Serkis has been the biggest name in the motion capture performance playing Gollum in LOTR/Hobbit films, Caesar in Rise/Dawn of The Planet of The Apes along with Captain Haddock in the Tintin films. An excellent choice but they could also look to use a more puppet/CGI rig that could see Frank Oz return as well.

They also briefly mention that a Jabba film is also in the works. That could follow the criminal world of the Huts and very well could be combined with Joe Johnston's Boba Fett. Joe had been mentioning in interviews back in 2011 he was pitching a Boba Fett movie to Lucas.

Writers Lawrence Kasdan (Empire Strikes Back, Return of The Jedi, Raiders of The Lost Ark) and Simon Kinberg (X-Men Days of Future Past) were hired to write unnamed off-shoots, so it's possible they're already working on treatments/outlines. LucasFilm is said to be looking at Marvel Studios for inspiration releasing solo adventures then a giant even film (an Episode installment) every 2-3 years.

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