Star Wars Spinoff Films ConfirmedFebruary 6, 2013 at 5:38 am | Posted in Star Wars News, Movies, News, Disney, Star Wars | 1 Comment
Tags: bob iger, lawrence kasdan, simon kinberg
StarWars.com has confirmed that there will be spinoff films beyond Star Wars Episodes VII, VIII, and IX.
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.”
No word yet on whether the two spinoff character films by Kasdan and Kinberg will be the rumored Yoda and Jabba the Hutt movies.
UPDATE: Bob Iger spoke a little more about the spinoffs with CNBC.
“There has been speculation about some stand-alone films that have been in development and 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 so we still plan to make Star Wars 7, 8 and 9 roughly over a six year period of time starting in 2005 but they are going to be a few other films release in that period of time too.” -Bob Iger