If this is actually happening, you know you want to be first in line to see it with popcorn in hand.
In the wake of the upcoming Han Solo film and yesterday's announcement about an Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off, a Jabba the Hutt movie may not be so far, far away. Variety reports that a stand-alone film about the gargantuan alien gangster is currently in development at Lucasfilm.
I know what you’re thinking, because I was thinking the same thing. What about this sleazy character has any box office potential?
In a way, it’s kind of like an intergalactic Goodfellas. As kingpin of the Hutt crime family, Jabba has an entire empire orbiting him in the Outer rim as he balances his massive form somewhere between the Allied and Rebel forces. In the anthology Tales from Jabba’s Palace (that actually exists, too), he is surrounded by a sketchy cast of characters including Salcious Crumb, the Rancor Keeper, and ill-fated Oola the Dancer. Somehow, even fan favorite Mara Jade got in there. Let’s not forget the smuggling business Han Solo got a little too involved with.
Just imagine what would play out onscreen — here's the synopsis for the book:
In the dusty heat of twin-sunned Tatooine lives the wealthiest gangster in a hundred worlds, master of a vast crime empire and keeper of a vicious, flesh-eating monster for entertainment (and disposal of his enemies). Bloated and sinister, Jabba the Hutt might have made a good joke — if he weren’t so dangerous. A cast of soldiers, spies, assassins, scoundrels, bounty hunters, and pleasure seekers have come to his palace, and every visitor to Jabba’s grand abode has a story. Some of them may even live to tell it…
So far, Jabba has experienced the most stardom in Return of the Jedi and the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series, but — elsewhere — has yet to hog the spotlight to the extent he did in RotJ. If you look past the double sunsets and epic starship battles into what happens in the dark alleys of space where someone owes a gangster some sort of alien currency, this could turn out to be one of the most strangely intriguing stories in the Star Wars universe.
Meanwhile, here he is hoarding a huge collection of Star Wars swag.