The one thing that seems to be on the minds of everyone this summer is Netflix’s hit show Stranger Things. I won’t spoil the show here (CWK is anti-spoiler on all entertainment matters!), but I will highly recommend sitting down and watching it. It has plenty of Star Wars references throughout and blends a lot of different storytelling genres together. It got me thinking of what kind of stories could be told in the Star Wars universe. We’re all use to the Saga films and different kind of novels in Legends and the new continuity. Even individual episodes of The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels have utilized different genres. Below are some great ideas for things that would be interesting to see explored.
One story that would be cool to see inside of Star Wars is a mystery-thriller along the lines of the aforementioned Stranger Things. Obviously the exact premise wouldn’t be able to line up with Star Wars with the supernatural aspects, but there is enough to use in the universe. The Force itself holds numerous mysteries to be unlocked so I could see this kind of genre story working well for an Old Republic setting. Within the new continuity there has been nothing to actually take place during that time with there only being references in Clone Wars and Rebels.
The only Old Republic stories I have explored so far are within the Darth Bane trilogy. A thriller set during this time during the galaxy when there were that many Sith and Jedi around would make for a very interesting premise. Something sort of like the Yoda-arc during The Clone Wars with the Jedi Order called to investigate an “other-worldly” occurrence on an outer rim planet. Incorporating thriller, mystery, and horror elements would give it a really creepy and unsettling vibe which hasn’t been often explored in Star Wars storytelling. This would work best as a live-action series as opposed to a full-length film.
Something else that would be interesting to fit into the greater Star Wars universe would be a Coen Brothers-style comedy film. Joel and Ethan Coen are revolutionary filmmakers who span multiple genres and have been making films for over 30 years. Known for films such as The Big Lebowski, No Country For Old Men, Hail, Caesar! (starring new Han Solo, Alden Ehrenreich!), O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and Fargo. The Big Lebowski is my favorite non-Star Wars film of all time. Star Wars is well-known for its particular brand of comedy. Sometimes it can be side-splitting jokes, while other times would just be a random comment or a certain way a specific line is delivered that makes the scene hilarious.
A film in this vein would really do a great job exploring often overlooked settings and aspects of the Galaxy. A story exploring a character or group of characters who find themselves in an unbelievable set of circumstances. The Star Wars universe is ripe for stories like this just from the sheer size of it and the countless number of planets, races and aliens, factions, and creatures. A “dark comedy” like this doesn’t seem like it would fit into the Star Wars mythos, but I beg to differ. One of the things that Star Wars does well is expanding the horizons of storytelling and exploring all different kinds of aspects of character. A film in this style is an excellent way to bring out new characters while keeping within a familiar setting.
Lastly, there’s something that has been long rumored to have been in development: Star Wars Underworld. Underworld was the supposed live-action television series that George Lucas was working on. Re-visiting this idea and adapting it for a film-screen or television series in the vein of Goodfellas or The Sopranos. The criminal underworld element of Star Wars has been explored throughout the saga tangentially without ever really getting into the nitty-gritty of it. In the novel Tarkin, Mas Amedda and Tarkin meet up with Darth Vader below the surface of Coruscant as he is addressing multiple members of various crime syndicates. This right here is something that should be explored more in the new continuity.
The time period between Episode III and IV is rife with opportunities to tell stories of these often overlooked organizations: Black Sun, the Droid Gotra, the Hutt Clan, the Crymorrah. Crime is rampant under the Empire with them either choosing to ignore the actions of these organizations or even use their services when it suited their goals. A crime drama told from the point of view of just your run of the mill foot-soldier trying to climb his way up the ladder would be excellent fodder for character focused storytelling that suits Star Wars so well already. Even a story about rival bosses competing over a territory or supply of weapons or spice would make for truly incredible world expansion and give us some more unsavory characters to dissect.
Star Wars is a galaxy full of untapped potential. The amount of stories that could be told are almost endless.
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