During a talk at USC’s Marshall School of Business last week, Iger gave the following update on the future of Star Wars.
“We’re just starting to talk about what happens to Star Wars after [Episode] 9,” he said. “It’s way too early, and certainly nothing that I can reveal, but we’ve got a creative team actually thinking about what could be another decade and a half of Star Wars movies. It’s kind of mind-blowing to spend an afternoon with a creative team talking about that. Where could you go, where should we go?”
We’ve got a few ideas on that last point. Here are three Star Wars projects that should happen in the next 15 years.
Obi-Wan Kenobi Movie
This is the most obvious project Lucasfilm could put together. A spinoff for old Ben featuring Ewan McGregor has long been rumored in the halls of Star Wars fandom and for good reason. As the sage old mentor to a young Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan was responsible for ushering not only Darth Vader’s son into the ways of the force, but millions of fans along with him. Plus, I think we can all agree that McGregor’s performance was one of the few positives of the prequels.
Checking in on this character at some point between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope seems only natural now that the studio is churning out Star Wars projects for the foreseeable future. Fans could be treated to a seedy adventure on Tatooine during Obi-Wan’s exile. The movie could even figure out a way to introduce Star Wars: Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels fan favorite Ahsoka Tano to live action.
Boba Fett Movie
Everyone knows that Boba Fett is an absolute badass, but very few actually know who Boba Fett is underneath the Mandalorian armor. Sure, the animated shows have helped to fill in a lot of blanks, but there’s an entire chapter of this character’s life that could be further explored on screen.
If the whispers are to be believed, Chronicle filmmaker Josh Trank was set to make a Boba Fett movie for Lucasfilm. Then Fantastic Four happened and, well, Trank is no longer involved with the studio…
Star Wars TV Show
Lucasfilm should take a look in-house at Marvel (also owned by Disney) as to how to expand to the small screen. Marvel’s blockbusters appeal to all ages and make a killing at the box office, but their forays into serialized storytelling on Netflix allow them to explore darker corners of the MCU. Lucasfilm should do the same with Star Wars.
A Netflix series in this universe – which may or may not already be in the works – could serve as a connective tissue to the larger Star Wars picture while allowing the property to diversify its tone and subject matter. Freed from the shackles of four-quadrant filmmaking, a Netflix-based Star Wars show could embrace the grittier elements that the movies shy away from. Perhaps a show that takes place right after the fall of the Jedi Order as Palpatine plots the early days of his galactic empire. Who knows?