'Stand-alone' Star Wars films planned

Yoda statue outside Lucasfilm's San Francisco offices It is rumoured the first stand-alone film will focus on Jedi master Yoda

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Films built around existing characters from the Star Wars universe are being developed alongside the new trilogy of films, the Disney studio has revealed.

"We are working on a few stand-alone films... derived from great Star Wars characters," Disney CEO Bob Iger told the CNBC channel on Tuesday.

The films, written by Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg, will be released between 2015 and 2021, he continued.

The seventh Star Wars film, directed by JJ Abrams, is due out in 2015.

Disney bought George Lucas's Lucasfilm company for $4.05 billion (£2.58 billion) last year, saying it was committed to at least three new films.

The first of these, Star Wars: Episode VII, will be scripted by Michael Arndt, the Oscar-winning writer of Toy Story 3 and Little Miss Sunshine.

Mr Iger outlined the studio's plans with CNBC ahead of a call with analysts to discuss the Disney company's latest financial results.

Despite seeing a slight dip in its quarterly earnings, the CEO said the studio was "confident about the year ahead, as well as our ability to create continued long-term growth".

While speaking to CNBC, Mr Iger admitted there had been "speculation" about "some stand-alone films" that would not form "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," he went on.

"But there are going to be a few other films released in that period of time too."

Kasdan has a long association with Lucasfilm, having worked on the scripts of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi - the second and third instalments of the first Star Wars trilogy.

Kinberg's own screenwriting credits include comic book sequel X-Men: The Last Stand, Mr & Mrs Smith and Guy Ritchie's 2009 Sherlock Holmes film.

Tuesday's announcement was preceded by a report on the Ain't It Cool News site that the first stand-alone film would focus on the diminutive Jedi master Yoda.

"Word is Yoda is first," wrote website founder Harry Knowles in a posting that also mentioned such other Star Wars staples as bounty hunter Boba Fett and slug-like gangster Jabba the Hutt.


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    Comment number 73.

    soon as i heard JJ abrams was making it my heart sunk . His star trek was just another action packed load of nonsense , doesn't bode well for star wars .

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    Comment number 72.

    Great news! Even if they will never be up to par with the original trilogy (impossible really), they will hopefully all be fun to watch. Better Disney giving a go than not making any more films.

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    Comment number 71.

    67. I think George Lucas had a "loose" idea for episodes 1-3 when making 4-6 but did not put this into a firm story until scripting for the prequels...I think this is clear when Princess Leia was asked by Luke in ep 6 "What do you remember about your mother?" Rough reply: "Beautiful, dark hair"...yep pretty sure that recollection was possible when you're a child of a few minutes old..

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    Comment number 70.

    Star Wars has a massive fan base and personally I'm quietly optimistic about the next trilogy.

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    Comment number 69.

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    so they'll be aware of how badly the prequel trilogy was viewed.


    It did bloody well at the box office though.

    To be fair I thought about from about halfway through II to the end of III were pretty decent films (once you tuned out Christiansen's awful acting).

    Its just the first half of the prequels that sucked.

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    Comment number 68.

    Good. I always wanted to find out what happened to Chewbacca after he was made redundant from the starfleet and had to get by on jobseekers allowance.

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    Comment number 67.

    As a kid in the 80's I read an interview with George Lucas saying he had always envisaged a tri-trilogy (?) of 9 films. He said he had written them all already.

    I'm not defending his subsequent handling of the series (ewoks were that Temple of Doom moment), but maybe Lucas once had a plan based on story not mechandising.

    Good he's gone, but I can't really see Disney putting things right...

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    Comment number 66.

    No more original film making just keep spinning the same old stuff...

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    Comment number 65.

    #60 To be fair Obi Wan doesn't end 2/3rds through the way of episode IV but frankly the idea of a ghostly rehabilitated Vader (remember he does appear with Obi Wan and Yoda at the end of VI) continuing on sounds utterly ghastly.

    Based on I-III the thought of more films fills me with dread. Indianna Jones and the Crystal Skull was equally poor compared to the others

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    Comment number 64.

    I hope for a remastering of I, II and III, with a massively toned down Jar Jar Binks.

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    Comment number 63.

    I'm sure Disney will want to milk the SW universe as much as possible, so they'll be aware of how badly the prequel trilogy was viewed.

    Kasdan made the best and darkest Star Wars movie. If he does the same again, I'll welcome the movie.

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    Comment number 62.

    There are some really interesting stories that should be and could be made into very good films yet they will continue to beat the corpse of a long dead horse.

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    Comment number 61.

    The movies they made for Star Wars are fantastic, glad to hear they might be making more.

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    Comment number 60.

    "This is great, would love to see what happened to Darth Vader after Episode VI, makes for a very interesting future in the franchise!"

    Uh, all you need to do is watch the last 10 minutes of Episode VI to find that out. I would think "Jedi funeral pyre" would be somewhat of a definitive answer.

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    Comment number 59.

    Too many trips to the well in this case, the mystic and anticipation for these films will dwindle...once it was a "generation" love in to look back on...but the recent attempts at prequels and sequels will just become more of a conveyor belt approach to what has become a franchise.

    Hopefully, they can resist actually remaking episides 4/5/6.

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    Comment number 58.

    OK, I want to see the story about Hammerhead. For all of you who don't know who Hammerhead was. He was that guy from Star Wars at the cantina who looked like a slug face. What was HIS story? How about Greedo, Bib Fortuna, or Salacious B. Crumb.

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    Comment number 57.

    There is a good reason why the 1st films in the 80's were better than the more recent ones. Its because we were mostly kids and our imagination ran away with itself. Lets leave these new movies to the kids of today and maybe the big kids need to grow up now. LOL.

    JJ Abrams is awful, his series Lost is exactly that. Terrible program with nothing but dead ends and a cop out ending.

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    Comment number 56.

    the best news I`ve heard all week

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    Comment number 55.

    Let's just face it. When it comes to making money, no-one in the film industry hold anything sacred.

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    Comment number 54.

    George Lucas being absolutely nowhere near these films is brilliant news.


    That is the main silver lining here, it seems like Disney have finally put a stop to his obsessive tinkering with the originals - the planned 3D versions of those films has now been put on hold indefinitely.

    I really don't trust Disney though. i think they'll drown the franchise in sugar.


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