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If you thought the 'Star Wars' rumor mill was going to shut down when the director for the first film in the new trilogy was announced, think again. Even with J.J. Abrams installed as the helmer of Disney/Lucasfilm's highly-anticipated 2015 film, there is still the question of the other cinematic adventures that will make up the new 'Star Wars' universe. Namely, we have been hearing whispers of standalone movies that will center on specific supporting characters from the original trilogy. One source has now emerged stating with utmost confidence that the first standalone film will revolve around Yoda. That's right, according to Ain't It Cool News, producer Kathleen Kennedy is putting into motion a solo project for everyone's favorite pint-sized Dagobah-dwelling Jedi. Ain't It Cool also hints at the possibility of a Jabba the Hut movie, but stresses Yoda will be the first.
Obviously, the fact that the source here is not Kennedy or Disney means that it should be taken with a wampa-sized grain of salt. It's true that Disney has never denied the fact that standalone movies would be part of the new direction. In fact, it was Disney/Luasfilm who announced that their goal was to eventually release 2-3 'Star Wars' movies per year. So it's entirely within the realm of reason that they would do a Yoda movie. That being said, I really hope they don't do a Yoda movie. It has nothing to do with the character, in fact I love Yoda, and the exploits of a younger version of this badass little Jedi would make a fine basis for a film. It's the logistics of a Yoda movie that leave me cold on the prospect. Perhaps I'm just a grumpy old geek, but my Yoda will forever be Frank Oz's puppet from 'The Empire Strike Back' and 'Return of the Jedi,' not the silly computer-generated green whirlwind we got in the prequels. I don't expect that the studio would spend millions of dollars in this day and age to make a Yoda movie in which our titular alien hero was completely practical, so I therefore have no interest in what would surely be a two-hour Yoda videogame.
What do you guys think? Could a Yoda movie work? Would you want to see it? Does it matter to you whether Yoda is a practical puppet or a CG creation?