‘Star Wars’ stand alone films confirmed, Han Solo & Boba Fett at the center

Posted: February 6, 2013 in Movies

Disney is determined to make elventy-trillion dollars from the now resurgent Star Wars franchise with the confirmation that several stand alone films will be made detailing several characters along the way.

We already know that JJ Abrams will be directing Episode VII but until now we only had speculation on what other films might get made revolving around the SW universe.  Bob Iger, CEO of the Walt Disney Corporation, confirmed a few days ago that several stand alone films would be made between the six year period that Episodes VII, VIII, and IX are set to release.

Here’s a blurb from Coming Soon that basically confirms what Iger said;

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.”

Now we’re getting more details, from Entertainment Weekly, that an origins film about Han Solo and another film about Boba Fett are at the core of Disney’s stand alone films.  Disney seems set on doing this new era of Star Wars films much like they treated the Marvel franchise.  It would appear that JJ Abrams film will be launching point for what’s to come over the next six years.

I’m excited!

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