Disney developing new 'Star Wars' stand-alone movies
05:00 AM, Feb 05, 2013
For those who have yearned for a Yoda movie or action-packed Boba Fett feature, Mickey Mouse has some good news for you.
Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of Disney, confirmed in an interview with CNBC’s Julia Boorstin speculation that the company is working on stand-alone feature films based on beloved characters from George Lucas’ Star Wars universe.
These movies will not be part of the new trilogy announced last fall when Disney bought Lucasfilm for $4 billion. Last month, Star Trek director J.J. Abrams was named director of the new Star Wars: Episode VII, which will kick off the next three movies in the saga and is tentatively scheduled for release in 2015.
In addition to consulting on Episode VII, Lawrence Kasdan (screenwriter for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi) and Simon Kinberg “are both working on films derived from great Star Wars characters that are not part of the overall saga,” Iger said in the CNBC interview. “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 of time, too.”
He added that the implications for fans will be great “because there will be more Star Wars basically released in the atmosphere that is new and fresh.”