It’s always been the other side of Disney’s Star Wars strategy, to not just develop a new trilogy of Star Wars movies, and new TV productions, but to create other movies that take place in the Star Wars universe as well. What those movies are about and when in the timeline they will take place in are questions that remain unanswered, but as sure as the fact that Disney wants Episode VII in theaters, it wants other movies to follow shortly there after. Confirmed again today for a group of reporters, an upper-level officer in the Walt Disney Corporation says that aside from Episode VII, VIII and IX, the studio’s got its eyes on not one, not two, but three Star Wars spin-off movies.
While talking to shareholders about Disney’s quarterly earnings, which were looking up thanks to the profits from Frozen and Thor: The Dark World, the subject of Star Wars naturally came up. Reporters from the Wall Street Journal and Variety were covering the call when Disney CEO Bob Iger told everyone that the studio was on track for three spin-off films, which, if you’re keeping score at home, is one more spin-off than previously promised.
Previously, it was reported that Disney was looking at releasing one Star Wars movie per year starting in 2015 with Episode VII, and then a spin-off film in 2016 and 2017 before Episode VIII is released in 2018. Simon Kinberg and Lawrence Kasdan have been supervising the development of the spin-off films, so it seems that might be more prolific than anyone had previously suggested. So does this mean Disney now has Star Wars movies planned through 2019, and that they’re on track for fulfilling that one movie per year promise? The Force is unclear on this one
But what about content? Two of the leading contenders for spin-off movie adventures is a Boba Fett flick and a Han Solo prequel, and if those are the two that are being made, what could this mysterious third film might be? For my part, I’d love to see them adapt that TV concept about the criminal organizations of the Star Wars universe into a movie; Godfather in space would be amazing for its possibilities. How about a movie about the seedy politics of tibanna gas mining that’s inferred to by Lando Calrissian in The Empire Strikes Back? Maybe an old west kind of tale about Imperial officers trying to survive in the frontier after their defeat in Return of the Jedi? Or how about this: another Ewok adventure? No. Never mind then.
We’ll have more Star Wars news as its inevitably made. Star Wars Episode VII is in theaters everywhere December 18, 2015.