Ever since Disney acquired Lucasfilm last October, the company’s new president, Kathleen Kennedy, and Disney CEO Bob Iger have said that there will be a new Star Wars movie in 2015. They also suggested that there would be new standalone movies that would take place in the Star Wars universe and be released alongside the new trilogy. Today that news is official! Iger has confirmed that Disney is, in fact, currently developing these standalone Star Wars film projects.
According to the AP, at the annual shareholders meeting in Phoenix on Wednesday, Iger said the company is developing “some standalone movies” featuring Star Wars characters. Iger didn’t mention which Star Wars characters were the focus of these standalone movies, but sounds like Disney is still keen to return Star Wars to the big screen in a major way.
The first stand-alone feature film would likely be released sometime after Star Wars: Episode VII, which is currently targeted for 2015. There is no word on who at Disney is currently developing these standalone Star Wars projects, but it’s still not clear what exactly screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are doing for Lucasfilm, so they may well be working on the standalone movies. They were brought on to Disney and Lucasfilm as soon as Michael Arndt was announced as Episode VII’s screenwriter. Kasdan and Kinberg will serve as consultants on Episode VII, but it is believed they would write either Episode VIII or Episode IX, or perhaps one or more of the Star Wars standalone films.
A few months ago, there were rumors that the Jedi Master Yoda would be the centerpiece of the first Star Wars standalone movie, but those rumors were debunked almost as soon as soon as they leaked onto the Internet. There were also rumors that Disney would develop a young Han Solo movie and a Boba Fett movie, but Disney stated they were merely “kicking around ideas.”
Which Star Wars characters would you like to see get the standalone spotlight?