Disney Confirms Standalone STAR WARS Films

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We’ve got some Star Wars news to report on today.  We recently (and finally) learned that J.J. Abrams will be helming Star Wars: Episode VII, and today Disney CEO Bob Iger took part in a television appearance where he provided some updates on the studio’s Star Wars franchise.  It was previously reported that screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg had been brought into the fold not only to work on this new trilogy, but also possibly on some standalone films centered around other characters in the Star Wars universe.  Iger confirmed today that that is indeed the case, as Disney is working on Star Wars films that are not a part of the overall saga.  Hit the jump for more.

If you missed it, click here for the news regarding Young Han Solo and Boba Fett spinoff films.

Speaking on CNBC, Iger offered the following confirmation:

I can confirm to you today that in fact we are working on a few standalone films, 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.

Late last night news broke that the first standalone Star Wars film might be centered around Yoda, but obviously Iger didn’t address that rumor.  It is encouraging that Kasdan—who co-wrote Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi—is involved in these other Star Wars films, but I for one am sincerely hoping that the Yoda rumor remains just a rumor.  Disney has a major opportunity to expand the Star Wars universe with new and interesting characters; we’ve gotten to know Yoda over five films already, so I’m eager to see something more fresh or exciting.

Iger also mentions the 2015 release date for Episode VII, even though Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy recently hinted that that release date might not be as firm.  Obviously the CEO of Disney wants new Star Wars movies to come out as soon as possible, but I imagine Abrams will be careful to ensure that he has enough time to make the best possible version of Episode VII.

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  • amg907

    Creating a “Force Unleashed” Film would be insane. I’d like them to go that route because the market is in place, the videogames intrigued a nice story line and it’s still quite open-ended.

    Sam Whitworth is a solid flippin actor and could definitely deliver an amazing Starkiller movie.

    I hope the Yoda thing is a rumor also.

    • Sloan

      Worthington? ..and God no, please no. Keep his flat acting away from Star Wars, a series that has been tarnished with enough terrible acting

      • VicManMan

        No the actor who portrayed him in the video game and voices Darth Maul on The Clone Wars. Talented guy.

      • VicManMan

        Samuel Witwer

      • Anonymous

        I agree with Sloan, do Boba or young Han Solo, but the less already-seen-characters they choose, the better.

        SW needs new blood in the big screen, like Ashoka or a less explored character from a non human race.

        A movie with the old sith lords like Bane as protagonist would be cool.

        My only problem with the Clone Wars series is the young jedi behave nothing like a jedi’s supposed to, every emotion you can find in a teenager, they have, and I understand because it’s aimed to kids, but c’mon jedi’s have been described as unstopable forces with little to no emotion, kind maybe, and very very wise. (Picture old samurais).

      • Grayden

        Clone Wars is the biggest pile Lucas allowed to be made. The whole series is a milk run. It’s gone on for, what, 6 years? Proof that Lucas should have been removed from the driver’s seat long ago…

      • Steve

        Lucas has been pretty hands off with The Clone Wars, save for consulting with ideas for stories and some character development. By in large, it’s far superior to the prequels, even though it takes place in the same time frame and does sadly feature the occasional Jar Jar. Most anyone who has stuck with the Clone Wars would agree. And if you don’t, why are you still watching it?

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  • Lance

    Interesting idea. But let’s face it, a lot more Star Wars means a lot less quality Star Wars, in all likelihood. Now, after the prequels, people might argue, “Who cares? It can’t get any worse.” Maybe, but I want a return of real Star Wars, not mediocre films that happen to have a Star Wars stamp on them.

    The silver lining here though is that even if J.J.’s film fails (or isn’t very good despite making money), maybe one of the directors on these other films will create a Star Wars that really delivers, and that person can then take over the main franchise.

    • Jay

      The thing that made the first Star Wars great was the character development – we’re shown a small slice of the galaxy, told some mysterious things, then the young protagonist is forced out of his home on an adventure. The world unfolded as we watched. LoTR did it similarly, and that’s also a classic now.

      If they can do that again (and pull it off) it will be cinema gold all over again.

      • Lance

        Completely agree. Great characters and surprising new aspects of the Star Wars universe will bring the old magic back — if both are present in Abrams’s film, it won’t matter how much lens flare he puts into it, it’ll be amazing.

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  • MmmHmm

    They gotta make a stop motion Shadows of the Empire!

    • Grayden

      Or just a regular Shadows of the Empire film. It’s honestly a brilliant idea. New lead character, intriguing story line that runs between Empire and Jedi, minimal interaction with established characters..i.e. Luke for all of two minutes, and it expands to parts of the SW Universe that we’ve heard/read about. And the best part? IG-88.

      • timm

        I would love a Shadows of The Empire-era film. Dash Rendar could make a great lead or character.

      • Bill Graham

        IG-88! I have that dude on my wall from Mondo’s bounty hunter line. Shadows was a huge part of my childhood. I can’t remember how many hours I logged onto my N64 because of that amazing game. Also, it truly is a great storyline and perfect reintroduction to the timeline of the original trilogy.

      • MmmHmm

        whoops, I meant motion capture.

    • tarek

      Or KOTOR for a mature take.

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  • From Here to There

    One must recall the two Ewok Adventure made-for-TV films. Those were standalone films that took place within the Star Wars universe. Personally, I really enjoyed Ewoks: The Battle for Endor as a kid because it dived deeper into the science-fiction sorcery.

  • GunsOfNavarone

    Jar Jar Binks Adventurer and Explorer.

    “Meesa looky forwards to see yousa in the cinema!”

    • Mikey

      THAT is what I want to see, Star Wars comedy!
      (There has to be at least one pie fight, or I will sue!)

  • Strong Enough

    how about a Jabba The Hunt prequel!

  • Sean

    I’m not crazy about a Yoda film, but while we have spent a lot of time with Yoda, it was all very late in his life. What was he like at 75 years? What was he like at 400? Yoda can be used to greatly explore more of the Star Wars universe. I’m not crazy about the idea, but I am very curious if they did something cool with it.

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  • ISeemToBeAVerb

    I’m not a huge SW fan ( of the six, there were only two good ones IMO) but I love science fiction in general and would love to see something really HUGE come from these new developments. I want the movie universe to not just expand but EXPLODE with some very cool and intricate sci fi adventures! And please not be kiddie stuff. Or be more that just kiddie stuff, PLEASE! I don’t know much about the expanded SW universe but I get the impression there’s more than enough there to REALLY do something impressive and unprecedented. God please let them do more than Ewoks-y/Jar Jar-y crap as money grabs. The money’s going to come so why not make that money with quality sci fi for thinking adults as well as for the kids.

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  • Um, Sure

    Blah blah blah Lens Flares blah blah blah Jar Jar Binks blah blah blah raped my childhood.

    There, I saved about 2 dozen nerds the trouble.

    • Steve

      You underestimate the power of the Dark Side.

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