Disney CEO Bob Iger, has confirmed for the companies investors that Disney has lined up Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg to work on stand-alone Star Wars movies.
The Hollywood Reporter stated that Kasdan and Kinberg are working on separate films that will serve as spinoffs of the main new trilogy.
Iger told news channel CNBC that theKasdan and Kinberg are “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 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.”
As previously announced, Oscar-winning screenwriter Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, Little Miss Sunshine) is writing Episode VII, which will be the first Disney-produced installment of the Star Wars saga.
So yet another film world leaps into that ‘universe creating’ style that Marvel has done so very well with.
Other universes being created are from DC (Justice League), more Marvel output, and also some rumblings about Spiderman and a Sinister 6 universe.
Is this the future? Tie ins, spin offs and so forth.
But then the stories started coming in even more (as Im sure they will until films actually appear)
Entertainment Weekly learned details on two more of the spin-off projects: A young Han Solo saga, focusing on the wisecracking smuggler’s origin story, and a bounty hunter adventure with Boba Fett at the center of a rogue’s gallery of galactic scum.
The Han Solo story would take place in the time period between Revenge of the Sith and the first Star Wars (now known as A New Hope)
The Boba Fett film would take place either between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, or between Empire and Jedi, where the bounty hunter was last seen plunging unceremoniously into a sarlacc pit. Exactly who would play him isn’t much of a complication – in the original trilogy, he never took off his helmet. And in the prequels, we learned he was the son of the original stormtrooper clone, played by Temuera Morrison, who’s still the right age for the part if his services were required.
The Han Solo and Boba Fett projects would also allow Darth Vader, in full-on black death-metal gear, to return as a villain, since placing the spin-offs within the original trilogy would mean he is still alive . That timeline would also open the door for a return from visit with everyone’s favorite slug, Jabba the Hutt.
The Star Wars Universe just got a whole lot busier. I hope they dont saturate the film world though. You can indeed have too much of a good thing.