Hey Lucasfilm, Here are 5 Killer Movie Ideas for You

In the ever-expanding Star Wars galaxy, here are 5 "Anthology" films ideas

With Rogue One on the horizon, a Han Solo origin story planned for 2018, and a rumored Boba Fett-centric movie sometime after that, the Star Wars galaxy is becoming as huge and diverse as, well, a galaxy.

Lucasfilm CEO Kathleen Kennedy has said that Star Wars is a big enough place to accommodate many different kinds of movies, touching on various genres while still remaining rooted in the scifi/fantasy galaxy we know and love. Rogue One, for example, is said to be a darker, grittier war movie than any Lucasfilm has made before.

Given that the saga films focus on the Skywalker clan, these so-called "anthology" flicks are a blank slate of wide open possibilities that can tell new stories from throughout the franchise's vast mythology. Anything is fair game, from current-day side stories to slices of history from hundreds or even thousands of years ago.

With that in mind, here are 5 Star Wars stories which have never been told, that would make incredible movies the silver screen.

Dear Lucasfilm,

This is because I love you.

You're welcome.

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Star Wars: Yoda

Yoda
Yoda, as seen in 'Revenge of the Sith'. Lucasfilm Ltd.

Exhibit A: I've said before that the mystery of Yoda and his species should never be answered unless the answer is significantly more interesting than the mystique of not knowing.

Exhibit B: A Legends story said that the Sith order originated from an ancient alien race known by the same name. The new canon has erased that story, but the notion of a spiritual order evolving from an extinct race always fascinated me.

The Story: What if, tens of thousands of years ago, there was a race of aliens who were the first people in the galaxy to develop sensitivity to the Force? What if this wizened race created the Jedi order to protect peace and foster justice throughout the galaxy?

And what if these aliens -- the original, ancient Jedi -- were Yoda's people?

Imagine that Yoda's race began dying out, going extinct thousands of years before the Clone Wars and the Empire. As one of his race's last sons, Yoda feels an obligation to maintain the heritage and original ideals of the Jedi order, as set down by his ancestors. Thus, he becomes the Jedi Academy's most celebrated teacher -- and Grand Master of the Jedi Council.

It would explain why he was so strong with the Force (stronger than any other Jedi of his day, except supernaturally-conceived Anakin Skywalker), and why he spent so much of his life -- 800+ years -- teaching.

Obstacles: There are many things standing in this movie's way, not the least of which is finding a way to tell the story of the first Jedi, aka Yoda's people, in a way that's relevant to what's happening in the Star Wars galaxy now. The key would be to center it around Yoda himself, adding new layers to his character while taking nothing away from his innate Yoda-ness.

How to Make It Work: Craft it as Yoda's origin story, focusing primarily on his early days as a young Jedi. (If he was an incredible fighter as an old man, imagine what he must've been capable of when he was young!) As one of his first assignments as a Jedi Knight, he's tasked with solving a dangerous mystery involving another member of his race who's gone rogue and embraces the dark side. His investigation and interaction with the villain would inevitably lead him back to the Jedi origin story.

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Star Wars: Kenobi

Obi-Wan Kenobi promo image
Obi-Wan Kenobi promo image for 'Kenobi' novel. Del Rey

The Story: Marvel's Star Wars comic books have touched on Obi-Wan Kenobi's activities during his 19 years on Tatooine, watching over Luke from a distance. But 19 years is a long time, and it's easy to imagine Obi-Wan finding himself on adventures that occasionally call him away from the desert planet.

The thing is, we want to know what Obi-Wan was up to during those two decades in exile, and we want to believe that it was more than just sitting around making sand castles. Imagine Yoda contacting him from Dagobah and sending him on the rare covert mission from time to time.

Plus, Star Wars Rebels has established that Darth Vader and the Emperor never stopped hunting for Obi-Wan.

Obstacles: Honestly, I can't think of anything, aside from Ewan McGregor saying no. But he's the right age and he's made no secret of his love for the character and the franchise. And the promise of starring in a movie (or movies) that gives him the chance to do justice to the character and erase the bad taste the prequels left in everyone's mouths could be a powerful draw.

How to Make It Work: Rebels also showed that no one in the galaxy at this moment in time seems to know that Darth Vader is actually Anakin Skywalker. So it's likely Obi-Wan believes Anakin died on Mustafar.

How about a story where Obi-Wan discovers the horrifying truth about his oldest friend?

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Star Wars: Lost Master

Mace Windu, if he survived
Mace Windu, if he survived (fan art). Brian Snook / DeviantArt

The Story: During the Galactic Civil War (aka, the original trilogy), Darth Vader hears whispers of a "Warrior Sage" on an Outer Rim world, an enigmatic figure who's been quietly protecting locals from Imperial oppression for years.

This wild, dangerous world has also seen several high-ranking Imperial officers disappear without a trace over the last few decades. But those were chalked up to the volatile nature of the world's geography and its natural predators -- until Vader makes the connection.

Vader travels to this world to learn if there's any truth to the rumors, but finds no evidence of the Sage's existence. But he senses that the inhabitants are protecting this shadow warrior who's been watching over them, and he begins rounding up civilians for interrogation, torture, and/or execution.

Finally the Sage has no choice to come out of hiding to save the people he's been protecting. Vader finds him to be a cloaked human figure. His embittered visage is old and covered in scars, and he has a mechanical arm that doesn't work particularly well. But there's a powerful fire within him that has never been squelched.

With his good hand, the Sage ignites a purple lightsaber and throws back his hood to reveal... he's the long-thought-dead Jedi Master Mace Windu.

Obstacles: Primarily, the aforementioned presumed death. Lucasfilm has always maintained that Windu was killed by the Emperor and Anakin Skywalker, when he was electrocuted and hurled from the Chancellor's office window on Coruscant in Revenge of the Sith. But I'm not the first to wonder if Mace couldn't have survived the incident. We never saw a body, and have no idea how far he actually fell. Lightsaber wounds cauterize themselves, and given Windu's strength with the Force, it's easy to imagine him using his prowess to slow his fall or grab onto a passing speeder.

How to Make It Work: Since his hands were tied in the prequels by a drab script that never let him unleash his inner bad***, Samuel L. Jackson might welcome the idea of doing a darker take on his character, Mace Windu. It would be a Mace several decades removed from the Clone Wars, who's been hardened by years of living in exile. Imagine Yoda if he'd been gravely injured before he left for Dagobah -- and Dagobah was an inhabited world. He'd want to stay in hiding, but there's no way he could keep from helping those around him.

Lost Master would also help fill in some of the blanks in Darth Vader's story. If my calculations are correct, Anakin Skywalker lived as Darth Vader for some 23 years. That's a very long time, with countless stories waiting to be told of his many wicked exploits. And if there's one thing we Star Wars fans can't get enough of, it's Vader.

The movie would obviously have to end with Windu's death (for real this time), since an epic throwdown with Vader would be required of the story, and Vader doesn't die until Return of the Jedi. But if it's done smartly, letting Mace go out on his own terms while orchestrating a way to save his adopted home... It could be dramatic, exciting, even powerful.

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Star Wars: Dawn of the Sith

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Sith warrior original artwork. Bastien Grivet / DeviantArt

The Story: According to established canon, the Sith order was born during the "Hundred Year Darkness," a period dated only at sometime over 6,000 years before the Galactic Civil War. An unknown Jedi devoted himself to studying the dark side during this time and was expelled from the Jedi Order.

Who was this man, the first-ever fallen Jedi? Maybe it wasn't even a man -- it could've been a woman, a child, an alien, anything. Was he a Jedi Master? A Padawan apprentice? No one turns evil just for the heck of it; something had to have driven him to the darkness. Some tragedy or fear or trauma.

The Clone Wars established that the planet Moraband was the ancient homeworld of the Sith. Maybe that was our Jedi-gone-bad's home planet before he became a Jedi, and he's responsible for turning it into the Sith base of operations, and the war-torn wasteland it would eventually become.

Obstacles: The time period/setting is the biggie. Outside of Legends material that no longer counts, we have no idea what the galaxy was like 6,000 years ago, or what the Jedi were like. A whole new galaxy would have to be created -- something more primitive than the setting of the existing Star Wars films, yet still technologically advanced and familiar.

How to Make It Work: Keep it small and intimate. No need to explore the entire galaxy; just focus on the main character's journey. We already know the galaxy-shattering consequences of his actions, so there's no need to tell the story on a massive scale.

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Star Wars: The Adventures of Lor San Tekka

Lor San Tekka
Max von Sydow as Lor San Tekka on Jakku. Lucasfilm Ltd.

The Story: Max von Sydow's character from The Force Awakens is just one of several from that movie with a long, storied history. (Others in need of filling in missing years include Maz Kanata, Kylo Ren, Supreme Leader Snoke, Poe Dameron, Luke Skywalker, etc.)

According to the Force Awakens Visual Dictionary, Lor San Tekka was a "legendary explorer" who was a devotee of the Church of the Force. He believed that the Jedi would one day return and restore order to the galaxy, so when the Empire wiped out all historical records of the Jedi's exploits, he set out to rebuild them by traveling the galaxy and gathering all the knowledge that he could. (Which probably has something to do with why he was the one entrusted with Luke Skywalker's location.)

There are plenty of stories waiting to be told there, no doubt dangerous exploits and narrow escapes... San Tekka is essentially a space archaeologist... Do you see where this is going? Lor San Tekka is the Indiana Jones of the Star Wars galaxy!

Obstacles: Disney's probably more interested in making actual Indiana Jones movies, than his Star Wars equivalent.

How to Make It Work: Cast the right actor. This kind of fun-filled adventure would only work if the right person was in the lead role. Then give him a sidekick (droid? alien?) and send them around the galaxy, seeking daring adventures in an awesome spaceship.