Stand-Alone 'Star Wars' Films Confirmed
By DAVID WEINER
February 05, 2013
Judge me by my size, do you? Hmmm? All those rumors about stand-alone films independent of the new Star Wars trilogy are true. Walt Disney Pictures Chairman and CEO Bob Iger confirmed the news today on CNBC that in addition to Star Wars Episodes VII, VIII and IX, "there are going to be a few other films released in that period of time, too." Does that mean a solo Yoda adventure is in the works?
"I can confirm to you today that, in fact, we are working on a few stand-alone films," said Iger. "Larry Kasdan (who wrote The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi) and Simon Kinberg (who wrote Sherlock Holmes and X-Men: Days of Future Past) 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 Episodes VII, VIII and IX 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."
Many have speculated that Disney plans to emulate the Marvel's Avengers approach by setting up "the big show" with other films starring independent characters with storylines that weave together, and Iger's confirmation comes following yesterday's Internet rumors that Yoda would be getting his own adventure. While that news has not been officially announced, the timing is perhaps more than coincidental, hmmm?