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Gary Whitta says future Star Wars movies won't rely on legacy characters

03.16.2017

Star Wars Legacy

It was certainly very exciting when it was announced that STAR WARS would be returning, but I found myself more intrigued by the reveal that in between the releases of the Skywalker saga films, we'd be getting standalone movies exploring the rest of the STAR WARS galaxy. At the time we had no idea what those standalone movies would look like or what sort of stories they'd tell, but the possibilities were almost endless. The STAR WARS galaxy is a big place full of many interesting stories and characters scattered across time, but when details of the first spin-off's began to emerge, it felt as though Disney was playing it safe by dealing with characters and events which directly related to the main saga.

Gary Whitta, who co-wrote the story of ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY, recently spoke with Coming Soon and was asked about the future of STAR WARS movies and when they might move beyond the legacy characters created by George Lucas.

I think you’ve already seen us get 90% of the way there with “Rogue One.” Yes you see Leia, yes you see the Death Star and Vader, because those are elements of that story and they belong there, you can’t tell that story without those characters. But for the most part, 90% of that story is completely new characters. Completely new planets and places you’ve never seen before. It’s a Star Wars movie with no Jedi! You don’t see a lightsaber once until Vader pops it out at the end. It doesn’t have any spirituality or mysticism… a little bit through Donnie’s character, but it’s very different DNA to the Star Wars films that have come before it. I really like the fact that we tried to do something different.

The next spin-off is ‘Han Solo,’ that’s another familiar character, but I think increasingly you’re going to see… One of the thing things we really want to do at Lucasfilm is create a universe and not keep relying on old legacy characters. We’ve got Rey and Finn and Kylo Ren, they’ve already introduced a new generation of characters. Whatever kind of Star Wars films they’re making 10 or 20 years from now, I don’t think they’re going to be relying on the same legacy story elements as we have in the past.

Whitta added that although he was "speaking purely as a fan" and has "no idea what their plans are for the franchise," it makes sense to him that Lucasfilm/Disney wouldn't want "to keep telling the same story over and over again. You want to tell new stories." As we know, the next STAR WARS standalone film will tell the origin of Han Solo, but other rumoured spin-off's have focused on characters like Boba Fett, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda; all characters I'd be into seeing more of, but I'd much rather be introduced to something new. To be fair, with only two new STAR WARS films under our belts, this whole experience is really only just getting started.

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY will be released on Blu-ray/DVD on April 4, 2017.

What type of STAR WARS film would you like to see which doesn't rely on legacy characters or key events?

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9:10AM on 03/20/2017
theres so many stories to tell lets not get ahead of ourselves I mean sure its good to establish a foundation with new characters but at the same time that doesn't mean you cant delve into the 30 year gap that takes place between eps 6 and 7 and tbh ill feel very,very cheated if I don't get a movie,tv show ,series or whatever about the rise and fall of lukes jedi academy.focus on telling good stories based on what people want to see and let the rest fall into place
theres so many stories to tell lets not get ahead of ourselves I mean sure its good to establish a foundation with new characters but at the same time that doesn't mean you cant delve into the 30 year gap that takes place between eps 6 and 7 and tbh ill feel very,very cheated if I don't get a movie,tv show ,series or whatever about the rise and fall of lukes jedi academy.focus on telling good stories based on what people want to see and let the rest fall into place
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9:06AM on 03/17/2017
Star Wars can exist perfectly well without Skywalkers and Solos just as Star Trek gets along just fine without Kirk and Spock. A lot of fans would be happy to watch films set in all parts of the SW universe and timeline. A Chirrut & Baze movie? Why not? I wouldn't be at all surprised to see a Doctor Aphra movie at some point -- she's a very popular new character from the comics.
Star Wars can exist perfectly well without Skywalkers and Solos just as Star Trek gets along just fine without Kirk and Spock. A lot of fans would be happy to watch films set in all parts of the SW universe and timeline. A Chirrut & Baze movie? Why not? I wouldn't be at all surprised to see a Doctor Aphra movie at some point -- she's a very popular new character from the comics.
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6:28AM on 03/17/2017
Honestly I'd love to see them go back to the stories of the Old Republic. Introduce Revan and Malgus and go back to the great wars between the Jedi and Sith when there were armies of Jedi and Sith not just one or two.
Honestly I'd love to see them go back to the stories of the Old Republic. Introduce Revan and Malgus and go back to the great wars between the Jedi and Sith when there were armies of Jedi and Sith not just one or two.
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8:07AM on 03/17/2017
It's funny how many people really just want some Old Republic adaptations but minus the petition for a Netflix series, no word of anything yet
It's funny how many people really just want some Old Republic adaptations but minus the petition for a Netflix series, no word of anything yet
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4:12AM on 03/17/2017

I'm not sure I'm happy about it

I think most people don't realize that the core of this franchise is not the universe, it's the characters. I felt Rogue One was great, but its characters were one note characters. They served their purpose well, but I would never watch a spin-off movie about - let's say - Cassian Andor. Where is he to Han Solo? The original SW movies feel a little dated in technical terms or pacing. But their characters what make those movies still entertaining.
I think most people don't realize that the core of this franchise is not the universe, it's the characters. I felt Rogue One was great, but its characters were one note characters. They served their purpose well, but I would never watch a spin-off movie about - let's say - Cassian Andor. Where is he to Han Solo? The original SW movies feel a little dated in technical terms or pacing. But their characters what make those movies still entertaining.
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5:56AM on 03/17/2017
Exactly. I really didn't care for any of the characters in Rogue one. I loved the design and look of the planets and the architecture but it was a totally forgetttable movie. There are no good movies without good characters. It's as simple as that.
Exactly. I really didn't care for any of the characters in Rogue one. I loved the design and look of the planets and the architecture but it was a totally forgetttable movie. There are no good movies without good characters. It's as simple as that.
11:27PM on 03/16/2017
How about Kyle Katarn or the clones from Star Wars Republic Commando? Maybe expand on its underworld like the pirates from Force Awakens?
How about Kyle Katarn or the clones from Star Wars Republic Commando? Maybe expand on its underworld like the pirates from Force Awakens?
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10:55PM on 03/16/2017
Pleasantly surprised by Rogue One, but its awesomeness largely came from the backdrop of familiar characters and events. That said, the new characters were really well done. Here's hoping they can eventually break new ground while capturing the feeling of Stars Wars, which is what really makes it what it is
Pleasantly surprised by Rogue One, but its awesomeness largely came from the backdrop of familiar characters and events. That said, the new characters were really well done. Here's hoping they can eventually break new ground while capturing the feeling of Stars Wars, which is what really makes it what it is
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10:51PM on 03/16/2017

Quinlan Vos

He's a very interesting character and I would love to see a film or three revolving around his adventures.
He's a very interesting character and I would love to see a film or three revolving around his adventures.
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