Those 'Star Wars' Standalone Films are Confirmed

More 'Star Wars' news to chew on, and not likely the last

Star Wars standalone films
Photo: LucasFilm

Disney CEO Bob Iger spoke with CNBC today regarding the rumors of standalone Star Wars films in addition to the coming of the new trilogy beginning with the J.J. Abrams-directed Star Wars: Episode VII in 2015.

Last night word started making the rounds of a potential film centered on Yoda, and while Iger wasn't specific about which characters these new films would focus on, his comments more than confirm standalone films are in the plans.

"There's been speculation about some standalone films in development, and I can confirm to you today that in fact we are working on a few standalone films. [Lawrence] 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 2015. But there are going to be a few other films released in that period of time, too."

The fact Kasdan is involved is one item that gave some credence to the Yoda rumors seeing how he co-wrote the screenplay for Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, which introduced Yoda to the Star Wars universe. I think Iger's statement also suggests he can't say for certain, which characters will get their own films and I am still willing to bet the Yoda idea was leaked online just to gauge reaction.

You can watch the video with Iger directly below.

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  • SmartFilm

    Wow, the whole movie game is changing. Is there even going to be room for non-franchised blockbusters going forward?

    • Newbourne

      Soon, instead of new ideas, Iger will force Pixar to work on standalone films for "Woody", "Zorg" and "Mr. Potato Head".

      Maybe other studios will catch on too. I can see it now: "007: Her Name is M", "The Twilight Saga: Jacob Chronicles", "Les Miserables: The Tale of Javert", and 12 different movies for each Hunger Games district!

  • Badge

    Let the milking begin!
    If you thought George Lucas was a franchiser, he's amateur league compared to Disneyfication.

  • Hunk

    This news represent everything that is wrong with Hollywood.. Congratulation Lucas, your legacy has officially been ruined. That's what you get when you bargain with the devil.

  • Wes Keener

    Well since its now inevitable, why not see what people would be interested in. While I agree a yoda movie would pretty much be a joke, a stand alone obi-one or Han solo movie could be interesting. More recent characters that could potentially be cool would be mace windu, Qui gon jinn or darth maul.

    • Bertram J. Krogh

      The Jar Jar spinoff is gonna be interesting.

  • AmericanNoir

    Boba Fett.

    • Wes Keener

      Yup... Thought of him after I posted.

  • The Jackal

    Look what Disney was able to accomplish with Marvel Phase I: Six films over five years that successfully launched (or relaunched in the case of Hulk) four different comics (Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor) and culminated in one of the biggest blockbusters ever (one which even the critics enjoyed). By the end of 2015 we will have seen five more films from the Marvel Universe. 11 films in 8 years?

    Why not try it with the Star Wars Universe. If treated with respect it can work. Judging by the hiring of Kathleen Kennedy as chief exec of Lucasfilm, Academy-Award Winning screenwriter Michael Arndt and director J.J. Abrams to help bring Star Wars back to the big screen, I'd say the House of Mouse is off to a great start.

    I can't wait to see more stories from the Star Wars universe make it onto movie screens.

    Thems the facts

    • Roger

      Finally someone gets it.

  • Garrett the Mad

    People are acting like this is so shocking but it's hardly a new idea. As far back as 2002 when Attack of the Clones was released and audiences loved the Yoda-Dooku duel, Lucas posited that a Yoda film could one day be a possibility. Of course Disney is going to make movies outside the Skywalker family saga. The Star Wars movie series is going to basically be like the novels and comic books now. I'm sure we'll see Boba Fett and Darth Maul movies and before long we'll get that movie everyone wanted of Darth Vader during the Jedi Purge going around slaughtering Jedis. The question is just whether the brand gets diluted by all these movies or if audiences really do want a Star Wars movie every year and 2-3 Marvel movies as well.

  • jeremy

    It was a little wierd @first didn't know what to think. I love all 6 movies I mean what will this new trilogy be about? The EU is ruled out that a fact.cant waite to see them.