The most notorious example of an origin story gone wrong, was Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999), which involved a young Darth Vader bouncing around in an expensive cartoon, ostensibly created for our enjoyment.
This recent calamity soured the space opera’s legacy to such a degree, that when George Lucas sold Lucasfilm to Disney, for $4.05 billion, some movie goers feared the worst.
Now, fans have to contend with the news that Disney’s proposed spin-off films will all be origins stories.
Variety has reported that during a conference call with investors, Disney chief financial officer Jay Rasulo confirmed that each of the spin-offs would an “origins story film.”
Rasulo also insisted that the franchise was “not a new franchise for kids,” and added: “The sky’s the limit. There’s incredible flexibility. It’s an unbelievable palette to create from.”
After last year’s acquisition, the studio announced that Star Wars: Episode VII would hitting screens in summer 2015.
Ain’t It Cool News also reported that Yoda would be the subject of the first standalone movie.
Now, the thought of an entire film centred around an animated prepubescent Yoda, whose planet evidently insists on speaking in muddled English, leaves me feeling slightly empty inside.
And do we really need to see how Han Solo overcame his high school traumas?
The prospect doesn’t bare thinking about.
Despite the understandable scepticism surrounding Disney’s acquisition of Star Wars, there is little doubt that Abrams and Arndt will deliver something of merit.
As for those tiresome origin stories, let’s just hope George Lucas does not come out of retirement.