According to a brief interview clip posted on Nerdacy (which unfortunately doesn’t look much like how I envisioned it above), Guillermo Del Toro would like to direct a movie showing how Jabba the Hutt came to power, Godfather-style. While this shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who reads this site, I would be all over that! Now, Del Toro makes it clear that this is just him musing about what would be cool and not anything that’s in the works, but it’s still very interesting to think about. He said he loved the character, and not just because it’s “the character that looks most like him.” 🙂
A few years ago, this kind of talk would’ve been totally unrealistic, but now that we really do have origin movies for characters like Boba Fett and Han Solo apparently in the works, it’s not outside of the realm of possibility. It’s probably more realistic for Jabba fans to hope that he will appear as a supporting player in one of those movies, rather than starring in his own, but you never know. To a large degree I think we have Marvel (and of course Disney) to thank for this, since their character-focused comic book films have been much more successful than I would’ve expected, and have really opened the doors for doing the same kind of thing with Star Wars.