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Two ‘Star Wars’ spin-off films rumored to focus on Boba Fett and a young Han Solo

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Earlier this week we reported possible plans for a "Star Wars" spin-off film that puts Jedi Master Yoda front and center. Now there's word that the stories of a certain young scoundrel and the bounty hunter who will eventually capture him may also be headed for the big screen as well.

Entertainment Weekly reports that a Han Solo and Boba Fett may be the stars of their own movies, with Han getting an origin story and Fett embarking on some shady bounty-hunting adventures.

Han's film would take place in-between "Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" and "Episode IV: A New Hope," concentrating on the character's smuggling days before he met up with Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi. One can assume that this story would also involve Han raising the ire of notorious gangster Jabba the Hutt.

Boba Fett's film would take place either in-between "Episode IV: A New Hope" and "Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back" or in-between "Empire" and "Episode VI: Return of the Jedi." Our guess would be the former, as apparently after Fett delivered the frozen Han Solo to Jabba, he just kind of stayed in Jabba's palace and hung out until meeting his ultimate fate in the belly of the mighty Sarlacc.

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Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger confirmed yesterday that there are indeed "Star Wars" spin-off films in development in addition to the new trilogy, with both Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg developing the scripts. Neither Disney nor Lucasfilm have commented on the alleged Han Solo or Boba Fett projects, though EW's sources stress that they're both in the early stages of development and plans could of course change in an instant ... so, you know, don't hold them accountable if (when) these end up being merely rumors.

So, yeah, Han Solo and Boba Fett are two of the most popular characters in the "Star Wars" universe (though there is a splinter group out there that thinks it's cool to hate on Fett), and as far as how awesome their own movies could be, well, to quote Han, we "can imagine quite a bit." But let's take a step back and consider: Do we really need more "Star Wars" prequels? We got three "Star Wars" prequels, and they were freakin' horrible. What happens after the Ewoks held their "Nub Nub!" party are the stories we've really been wanting to hear/see, right?

The interesting thing here is that Disney seems to think that the new trilogy isn't going to be enough. The studio seems vaguely offended by the fact that there have been only six theatrical "Star Wars" films in the past 36 years and they're looking to fill in every gap possible. There's something definitely exciting about all of this, though it also seems ... well, unnecessary.

We'll see how all this works out. In the interim, bring on the galactic smoke and hearsay.