With a little over a month to go until The Force Awakens hits theaters, we’re about to enter into a whole new era of Star Wars films. We already know that Disney plans to divide the franchise into a new trilogy with episodes such as The Force Awakens and the as-yet untitled Episode VIII directed by Rian Johnson on one side, and multiple spin-off “Anthology” films such as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, due out near the end of 2016, on the other. Other confirmed projects include a Han Solo standalone picture and another untitled project that hit a bit of a snag earlier this year when director Josh Trank was dismissed. In short, get ready to see a lot more Star Wars at your local cinema in the coming years, as Disney is going all-in with the galaxy far, far away. With that in mind, we thought we’d offer up a few suggestions for potential spin-offs, just in case Disney is looking for any ideas (we’ll take our royalty checks in real money; republic credits are no good around here).
8. “Imperial Stormtroopers”
Stormtroopers are the cannon fodder of the original trilogy; if they’re not hitting their heads on door frames, they’re missing almost every shot they take (do they have poor aim or bad eyesight?). From the look of things, The Force Awakens is addressing these issues, as the Stormtroopers of the First Order seem a lot more competent than their Imperial predecessors. Still, it would be nice to see something set during the events of the Rebellion that painted the Stormtroopers in a better light. To that end, an “Imperial Stormtroopers” film would focus primarily on the 501st Legion, the Galactic Empire’s most elite soldiers, as they run missions around the galaxy. This would also offer a chance to humanize the men and women underneath those iconic helmets; perhaps a group of central characters in a squad who must deal with their conflicting viewpoints about the Empire’s tactics and how they deal with the Rebel Alliance. Think Starship Troopers without bugs.