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5 'Star Wars' stories that deserve big screen treatment

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"Star Wars" rumors are flying so fast and furious you can't get one story written without the next headline popping up in your Twitter timeline.

Today, for instance, I was primed to put down a few sentences on newly-minted "Episode VII" director JJ Abrams' keynote speech to a convention crowd in Las Vegas, when suddenly I noticed "Han Solo" and "Boba Fett" trending in my feed.

Entertainment Weekly was reporting that standalone films featuring the smuggler/scoundrel and his bounty hunter nemesis were next on Disney's slate of "Star Wars" spin-offs.

That followed rumors Tuesday that Jedi master Yoda would also get his own picture. Perhaps one that would trace the origins of the character's unconventional syntax?

Even the most wide-eyed "Star Wars" fans are digesting these daily rumors with an extra-strength dose of skepticism, but the thoughts of seeing Han Solo and/or Boba Fett on the big screen are too much to keep bottled up in the brain.

Why else do you think I'm writing this?

No doubt, Disney's cabal of writers are busy crafting new adventures for future films, but why not appeal to the fan base by adapting some of the most popular stories from more than 30 years of "Star Wars" fiction?

I reached out to the biggest "Star Wars" aficionado in my rolodex, Star Wars Action News podcast creator/host Arnie Carvalho, and asked him to name five expanded universe storylines best suited for the big screen:

The Han Solo Adventures by Brian Daley (At Stars' End, Revenge, The Lost Legacy)

"They were stand-alone adventures so as to not interfere with anything Lucas may do, telling of Han pulling odd heists with Chewbacca. It's a wide-open space in which to play (and fan-favorite author Timothy Zahn did so just last month with the new Solo-featuring novel Scoundrels). An original story in this vein would be fun, and not run the risk of treading too much on continuity."

The Han Solo Trilogy by A.C. Crispin (The Paradise Snare, The Hutt Gambit, Rebel Dawn)

"Han Solo's back story of being a disillusioned Imperial pilot was hinted at in Daley's late-70s novels and then detailed in A.C. Crispin's 1990s trilogy of books. With a 'Top Gun' feel, showing how Han meets Chewbacca, and with plenty of Star Wars iconography this would be the Han Solo movie I would dream of."

Star Wars No. 81: Jawas of Doom by Marvel Comics

"Boba Fett met his fate in the belly of the Sarlacc, but you can't keep a fan-favorite down! In the 'Dark Empire' comics we find Fett alive saying the Sarlacc found him 'somewhat indigestible.' The story of his escape was told in the 'Star Wars' comic 'Jawas of Doom,' but a story of Boba Fett recovering from his greatest defeat turns one of Star Wars' baddest villains into an anti-hero to root for."

Legacy of the Force by Troy Denning, Aaron Allston and Karen Traviss

"In the recent LotF novel series we find Fett as an old man, leader of the Mandalorians, trying to reconnect with his estranged granddaughter. A tale of an aged warrior trying to mend personal relations, the film could have tinges of Eastwood's 'Unforgiven' and further explore the Mandalorian warriors."

Shadows of the Empire by Steve Perry

"'Shadows of the Empire was a multimedia initiative (that included Steve Perry's novel) set between 'The Empire Strikes Back' and 'Return of the Jedi.' We find that, for Boba Fett, capturing Han Solo was the easy part. On the way to deliver Solo to Jabba the Hutt, Fett must evade ambushes from competing bounty hunters, deliver the smuggler, and collect his pay. Full of space action and bounty hunters, this could be 'The Fast and the Furious' of 'Star Wars.'"

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