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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger Confirms Development of Standalone Star Wars Films

"We are in development of a few standalone (Star Wars) films..." - Bob Iger, Walt Disney Company CEO
Disney really knows how to stay in the news headlines as of late. Last night Star Wars fans across the universe lit up when Bob Iger, Walt Disney Company CEO confirmed development on standalone Star Wars films. This was hinted at during the initial press release and investor call in late October 2012. Here's the news as posted from StarWars.com.

The Star Wars cinematic galaxy is about to experience a Big Bang. Lucasfilm is officially announcing new spinoff films that will expand the mythos and depths of the Star Wars universe in previously unexplored ways. 
One of the standalone films will be written by Lawrence Kasdan, screenwriter of The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and co-writer of Return of the Jedi while the other will be penned by Simon Kinberg, writer of Sherlock Holmes and Mr. and Mrs. Smith. The movies will be separate from the upcoming Episodes VII, VIII, and IX, on which Kasdan and Kinberg are also consulting, and are expected to be released sometime after Episode VII. Each standalone film will focus on a specific character, and two spinoff films are currently confirmed. 
In a call to investors, Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, revealed while the original focus was on the highly-anticipated sequel trilogy, the idea of spinoff films was bandied about early and the additional films are now becoming a reality. "We are in development of a few standalone films," he said, "that are not part of the Star Wars saga...there are now creative entities working on developing scripts for what would be those standalone films."
At this time there are rumors surrounding what characters would be the subject of such films. Yoda, Han Solo and Boba Fett are among the internet's front runners but there has been no confirmation from either Disney or Lucasfilm as to who or what the subject matter will be for the films.

Although the thought of producing back story for iconic characters seems appealing to a great many fans of the saga I believe that Star Wars: Episode VII will be the springboard for these standalone films. Think of build of the Marvel films leading up to The Avengers but in reverse. This may be where the franchise is headed. It's my guess but it does seems to fit with the ways things are going. We also know that the films will be shot on a pretty tight schedule as it seems we can expect a new Star Wars film out along the same lines as Marvel's Avengers type movies. What we do know is that MORE STAR WARS is a GOOD THING!

What are your thoughts?

Check out the CNBC video with Bob Iger - NOTE it will take time to buffer.

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