10 Reasons to Get Excited for a Yoda-based Stand Alone Star Wars Movie

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by Howard Decker @HowardTheDeck on February 5, 2013

in Star Wars

By now you’ve heard, or maybe you haven’t – Ain’t It Cool News is reporting that the first Star Wars stand alone film will be based on Yoda.

Word is they are also looking at making a Jabba the Hutt stand alone movie- wait, didn’t I suggest a Jabba gangster pic last October?

So is this good news? We think so. Here’s ten reasons to get excited for a movie based solely on the diminutive Jedi Master.

 

10. Yoda-isms

Yoda provided many of the top quotable lines from the original Star Wars trilogy. Hopefully in a stand alone we will get back sage, witty and somewhat batty Yoda, not a-hole know-it-all prequel Yoda.

Yoda-Do-or-do-not-there-is-no-try

9. Yoda’s youth

We got to see a more spry, albeit more CGI version of Yoda in the prequel trilogy, but relative to his overall age what we saw wasn’t a young Yoda. We can account for Yoda from around age 850-900+ but surely the other 8 centuries were packed with entertaining adventures.

8. Love life

Any main protagonist worth his box office has to have a love interest.

yoda stand alone movie

“Come over, you will? Watch a Murder She Wrote marathon we can.”

7. Yoda’s Master

Yoda trained Obi-Wan and helped train Luke in the ways of The Force, but who trained Yoda?

6. His family

If Yoda doesn’t have his eye on a sexy honey, the emotional investment would have to come from somewhere else. Might we meet a parent, or better yet an offspring of Yoda that is in some form of peril?

yoda family

as long as it’s not this

5. More hot Yoda action

I’ll admit, when Yoda pulled his robe to the side revealing his little green lightsaber (no innuendo intended) in Episode II, I geeked out a TON. His battles with Dooku and Palpatine were highlights of the maligned prequel trilogy.

Besides Darth Maul, I think Yoda is who I’d want to lightsaber duel with the least. All the quick flips and jumps would make for an impossible sparring partner, but they made for a great action scene we’d love to see more of.

4. His home planet

We know Yoda spent time on Coruscant and Dagobah, but where is he from? Let me clarify something though: I’d love to learn where he was born and maybe even a little bit about his race, but I’d prefer if the movie wasn’t based on that.

Keep Yoda as the only member of his race we see a lot of. The presence of Yaddle on the Jedi Council in the prequels was one of my least favorite things. Populating a film with tons of Y-named greenies would take away from his unique appeal.

This was my main gripe with G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. When every member of the Joe team wears an all-black uniform, it takes away from what makes Snake Eyes’ unique look so cool.

gi-joe-rise-of-cobra

just a bunch of Snake Eyeses

3. Pilot Yoda

One of the coolest things about the new Brian Wood Star Wars comic was seeing Leia in a flight suit, piloting an X-Wing. It lent her an all-new level of bad-ass-chick, taking her straight into the thick of combat. Seeing Yoda pilot a fighter of some kind would really help “action-ize” his character.

brian wood star wars comic

image courtesy Comics Alliance

2. Jedi recruiting

Was Yoda recruited to the Jedi Council? Did he help establish it? If so, did he recruit the other members?

Surely one of his fellow council members could turn to the dark side at some point leading to a climactic final battle.

1. It’s a Star Wars movie

Honestly, the film could be based on the Rancor Keeper and you know we’d all go see it. Just picture the endorsement possibilities: Rancor Keeper Trapper Keepers!

rancor keeper

 

How do you feel about a Yoda stand alone Star Wars film? Hit the comments!

 

 

  • http://coldslitherpodcast.com Classick Material

    STOP!!!

    …you had me at “Rancor Keeper Trapper Keepers”…

    • http://underscoopfire.com Howie Decker

      you know you’d be proud as hell to have that in your locker waitin’ for you

  • Lamar the Revenger

    Iffy. Love the idea of him bouncing off the walls. And if this moves into other Star Wars character movies, I want to see the forbidden love story the Jawa & R5-D4′s vibrating attachment.. The title? Bad Motivator

    • http://underscoopfire.com Howie Decker

      Bad Motivator! Can we get Jon Bon Jovi to do the soundtrack?

  • http://aeiouwhy.blogspot.com Dex (@Dex1138)

    Yeah I saw AICN’s post but the post is all over the place and where is his info coming from? They don’t site any specific source for a Yoda film. The only thing worse than waiting for a new movie is having to sift through all the BS speculations. Now I know Harry isn’t as likely as the general internets to print something that isn’t backed up but still I’d at least expect a “from a trusted source”.

    Anyway…Yoda movie? Sure but let’s get a couple more out before we go there.

    • http://underscoopfire.com Howie Decker

      I guess you’re right. I read “Kathleen Kennedy” and pounded my fist on the desk and declared “this must be 100% fact” without thinking about it. It’s very well written for having no factual substance!

      Well, this list was fun to make anyway, even if it doesn’t happen. It’s like that podcast we did back in November where we cast Episode VII as if JJ Abrams was directing. OH!! You heard it here first! :)

      • http://aeiouwhy.blogspot.com Dex (@Dex1138)

        Ok, so now it’s been confirmed through official channels that there will be spin-off movies not tied into the next trilogy.

        “One of the standalone films will be written by Lawrence Kasdan, screenwriter of The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and co-writer of Return of the Jedi while the other will be penned by Simon Kinberg, writer of Sherlock Holmes and Mr. and Mrs. Smith”

        http://starwars.com/news/new-spinoff-films-set-to-expand-the-star-wars-galaxy.html

        • http://underscoopfire.com Howie Decker

          Yes!

  • http://www.shezcrafti.com ShezCrafti

    I always assumed Yoda doesn’t need any bitches because he’s learned how to pleasure himself with The Force.

    • SharePointJoe

      Post.of.the.week.

      • http://underscoopfire.com Howie Decker

        thanks for your help, it was fun to put together!

    • http://underscoopfire.com Howie Decker

      even Force-sturbating gets old after a while. It’s all about the warm embrace.

  • James

    great list!

  • Tron

    Yoda movie?? No! Don’t ruin the legacy. Keep him as an enigma. They will more likely portay him as a little Jedi Gremlin. There’s nothing more I need to know about him. Just like Boba Fett. Leave it as it is. Attack of the Clones is all we need to know about Boba. Now, a bad-ass movie glorifying the Sith or showing the initial separation of Sith and Jedi would be awesome.

    • http://aeiouwhy.blogspot.com Dex (@Dex1138)

      My greatest fear is now they will milk everything they can out of the back stories of characters we don’t really need to know.

      • http://underscoopfire.com Howie Decker

        a very legitimate fear

    • http://underscoopfire.com Howie Decker

      I can’t disagree with you on any of that. In a lot of ways, speaking for myself only, I think we WANT the IDEA of these movies but we might not want what we get.

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  • http://chinasweat.blogspot.com China Mike

    It’s a bit obvious I think of what the stand-a-lone films would be about. Each of the creatures like Chewie, Yoda, Jaba? Ok, maybe Jaba. Problem with a Chewi movie is…Wookies don’t talk! They just growl backwards, so it would be completely subtitled?
    Yeah, Yoda would be good because as mentioned, he was so old there is a whole lot of time frame to work with. I would like to imagine that he probably single handedly invented the Jedi Knights, the whole program itself, because his race discovered and refined the art of hooking up with “the force”. It would be an easy sell anyway.

  • Tony

    True I would see any Star Wars movie. What I really want to see is a Seven Jedi movie. That would beyond badass.

    • Howard Decker

      can’t argue with that. Lot of good directors out there who could do that well.

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