Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed on CNBC today that the studio is developing stand-alone movies that will come out over the next six years, in addition to Star Wars: Episode VII, Star Wars: Episode VIII, and Star Wars: Episode IX. Here's what he had to say, confirming a report from November that Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are writing the new movies.
"There has been some speculation about some stand-alone films that are in development, and I can confirm to you today, that, in fact, we are working on a few stand-alone films. Lawrence 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: Episode VII, Star Wars: Episode VIII, and Star Wars: Episode IX, 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 of time too."
When asked what the implications would be for the franchise's enormous fanbase, and for the consumer product potential, Bob Iger had this to say.
The implications for Star Wars fans will be great, because there will be more Star Wars released in the atmosphere, so to speak, that's new and fresh. I'll leave it to Kathy (Kennedy) and the Lucas team to release more details when they're ready. I mentioned the two creators, Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg, who, by the way, are working with J.J. (Abrams) as consultants on Star Wars: Episode VII."
A /first-star-wars-stand-alone-movie-to-center-on-yoda/rumor from earlier today claims that Yoda will be the first character to get his own spin-off movie. Other characters reportedly being eyed for their own stand-alone movies include Han Solo, Boba Fett, and Jabba the Hutt. While no further details have been confirmed, including whether or not Yoda will be the centerpiece of the first movie, it is now clear that Disney's vision for an expanded Star Wars is much larger than originally anticipated. CLICK HERE to watch the Disney CEO's video interview.
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