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9 Star Wars Characters Who Deserve Their Own Spin-Off
Which of Lucas' creations should get a standalone movie?

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9 Star Wars Characters Who Deserve Their Own Spin-Off | Darth Maul
Darth Maul

How do you solve a problem like a bisected Sith apprentice? Lightsabered in twain by a backflipping Obi-Wan in The Phantom Menace, he falls to his doom down a reactor chasm… or does he? According to the expanded Star Wars universe, no he doesn’t – but there isn’t a definitive explanation as to how he makes it out alive.

The Clone Wars TV series has him ending up on a junk planet called Lotho Minor where he’s turned into a cyborg with, um, spider-like legs. Brought back to his adopted home planet of Dathomir, Nightsister Witch leader Mother Talzin – don’t ask – rids him off his memory loss and general madness, installs a couple of regular robot legs and encourages the double-ended lightsaber swinger to revenge Obi-Wan up a notch.

Star Wars Tales 9 solves Maul’s resurrection riddle with a cult that essentially magics him back to life, whereas Star Wars Tales #17 has a post Return Of The Jedi Luke fight a "solid state hologram" Maul after a crazy scientist uses the tattooed martial artisan’s brain for nefarious purposes. Dark Horse Comics’ Star Wars: Visionaries, meanwhile, shows Maul rebuilding himself using cybernetics before getting blastered by Owen Lars on Tattooine whilst fighting a post-Revenge Of The Sith Obi-Wan.

If Darth Maul is given his own feature film, the death-explanation will be the biggest stumbling block. The other option is an origins movie, where those tattoos could either be Sith-based or something to do with the aforementioned (and distinctly evil) Nightsisters. Whatever happens, Peter Serafinowicz has to voice him, ideally with a new Brian Butterfield lilt to amp up the terror.

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Its criminal that Qui-Gon Jinn doesn't get a mention. His backstory is the one I want the most (well, his & Darth maul). And seriously, Porkins? Admiral Akbar? There are LOADS of minor Jedi characters who deserve spinoff more then them! And what about Jango Fett? More

Posted by NeoBrowser on Wednesday February 20, 2013, 04:32

2 Jabba Ranks
why not a Sopranos style show about the Hutt having issues with his chosen life of crime. It would all be in Huttese subtitles tho, which might lose some viewers. More

Posted by Count Karnstein on Sunday February 10, 2013, 14:39

3 What? Where's Emperor Palpatine?!!
The baddest guy in the Star Wars universe must surely merit a comprehensive backstory. Especially after his story in Ep.III to Anakin about Darth Plaagus which we assume was Palpatine's Master it would be a travesty not to explore how this character became so evil and so powerful. Although, as with many of the original Star Wars characters who would play him as well as Ian McDiarmid? But it's still a story I'd love to see! More

Posted by Aldo25 on Sunday February 10, 2013, 10:06

4 RE: 7 Star Wars Characters Who Deserve Their Own Spin-Off
Well a Wedge Antilles movie is the obvious one - set before Episode IV... And the first thing that came to me: The Aunt Beru Movie. She seemed very cute in the prequels, and wiser than Uncle Owen in IV. More

Posted by timgowen on Saturday February 9, 2013, 09:12

5 RE:
I think he should be recast as a song and dance man, with a backing band made up of Gamorrean Guards! More

Posted by Rogan Finn on Friday February 8, 2013, 18:52

6 Biggs
Biggs would definitely be worth exploring. In Lucas's own novelisation of Star Wars, he is a massive influence on Luke's desire to leave the farmstead and get a life. He would give us an insight into how the Rebellion actually operated, since he originally joined the Imperial academy (presumably what was once the Republic academy) then got pulled into the Rebellion. Speaking of characters from the Death Star attack, there's also Red Leader Garven Dreis, who even gets his own leitmotif in the music when he crashes and burns. He was a real Clone Wars hero apparently. At this rate we'll have a couple of Star Wars movies a year for the next 300 years! More

Posted by Rogan Finn on Friday February 8, 2013, 18:47

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I want a Bib Fortuna movie... Why isn't that happening? More

Posted by odddaze on Friday February 8, 2013, 11:00

8 WEDGE
you guys totally for got about Wedge Antillies. He survives both deathstar battles and take out an ATAT in ESB. Pus his family gets a mention in the prequals. His father is an ambasador. Come on guys how could you forget wedge! More

Posted by gunzrilla on Thursday February 7, 2013, 15:52

9 Sausages
What's with the male bias? I know Star Wars is a bit of a sausage fest but couldn't you even spare a mention of Leia? More

Posted by vladimir_imp on Thursday February 7, 2013, 14:56

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If they are going to do one spin off they should do Splinter of a minds eye. best book they did in the star wars universe. but lets face it they are going to do as many as they can get away with. More

Posted by thewson72 on Thursday February 7, 2013, 09:46

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Darth Maul was criminally wasted by George Lucas at the end of The Phantom Menace. We definitely need to see more of him. It's all getting a bit X-Men now with characters splitting off into their own movies Wolverine-style. More

Posted by BenTramer on Wednesday February 6, 2013, 21:37

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Chiwetel Ejiofor as young Mace maybe. More

Posted by Jim1810 on Wednesday February 6, 2013, 20:53

13 Too Late
WHO CARES? Lucas you fat bearded clam! Thanks for ruining star wars forever and I hope you die soon! More

Posted by Gram Woods on Wednesday February 6, 2013, 20:49

14 titles
When Han met Chewie, skywalker vs skywalker, Jango Unchained (western), The Parent Trap starring admial ackbar, porkins 3: porkins revenge, Horrible Bossk's, the lando before time, Biggs Daddy, the count of monte dooku, Eisley street: Greedo is good, The Gunrays of the navarone, General Grievous Bodily Harm, I (G-88) Robot, Lobot-Cop, john carpenter's Darth Star, deathstar proof, darth becomes her................ etc etc etc More

Posted by bnicholson50 on Wednesday February 6, 2013, 20:01

15 re ; star wars spin off movie
the knights of the old republic would make a great movie { just check out the trailers on you tube } and what about the force unleashed with Darth Vaders secret apprentice Galen Marek that could be a story with a lot of action . More

Posted by postmanaidy on Wednesday February 6, 2013, 18:54

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I don't care about this. Thanks for reading More

Posted by Charles B. Potatoes on Wednesday February 6, 2013, 18:43

17 Wedge
instead of Jek Tono Porkins take Wedge Antilles I would even take it serious More

Posted by edge1710 on Wednesday February 6, 2013, 16:00

18 Chewiw/Han Bromance???
Isn't Chewie a girl??? More

Posted by Ironside on Wednesday February 6, 2013, 15:11

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How exactly is Mace Windu significant in the prequels? He doesn't do anything.. More

Posted by chris wootton on Wednesday February 6, 2013, 14:47

20 Boba Fett, if I had to pick
I'd rather not know a thing about Fett's past but i guess he does have the most potential for a spin-off out of all of these characters. More

Posted by Mr Gittes on Wednesday February 6, 2013, 14:46

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