Earlier today we reported that Lucasfilm and Disney were planning a standalone Yoda film to play counterpart to the J.J. Abrams‘ helmed Star Wars Episode VII. It was, and remains, a rumor, but Disney CEO Robert Iger in an appearance on CNBC today confirmed that Disney is in the process of developing several standalone movies that will be made in conjunction with the new trilogy, and be released between pictures.
“I can confirm to you today that in fact we are working on a few standalone films,” said Iger. “Larry Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are both working on films derived from great Star Wars characters that are not part of the overall saga. We still plan to make Star Wars 7, 8, and 9 roughly over a six-year period of time, starting in 2015. But there are going to be a few other films released in that period, too.”
So which characters are screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg developing into their own feature film? “I’m going to leave it to Kathy [Kennedy] and the LucasFilm team [to reveal details],” Iger added. So much for the direct approach. But at least it confirms the plausibility of a Yoda standalone film, and maybe the plausibility of that rumored Boba Fett movie 1313. In addition, Iger added that Abrams himself will act as a consultant for the other Star Wars films.
They were the first to confirm Kasdan and Kinberg had been signed to write, and now their reporting those movies could be further “Episodes” down the line, say maybe Episode X or XI. Or possibly spinoff movies set within that galaxy far, far away as this line from the article indicates,
Their scripts could turn into official “Episodes” in the main Skywalker storyline, or they could form the basis for spinoffs focusing on side characters.
By now you might be wondering why I have Lando up there, gracing the top of this post. Spinoffs, guys! We could get movies about the lesser characters of the Star Wars universe! I like this idea that Germain Lussier of /Film proposes,
Then, in 2017, instead of seeing the next film in the trilogy, we get a spin-off film – something like the young Han Solo story. That could feature Solo as a teenager, how he came to smuggling, the card game where he won the Millenium Falcon, the Kessel Run, why Chewbacca has a life debt to him, and it ends as he walks into a cantina in Mos Eisley.
I like how this guy’s thinking. It’s the perfect direction for new Star Wars movies because there’s so much they could explore. Why not a Lando movie? How about a Boba Fett flick? I’m sure that’d drive the fans wild!
What kind of movies do you want see come of this Disney/Lucasfilm partnership?