Update: Disney CEO Bob Iger has confirmed that the standalone films are real and that they will be released in between installments from the new trilogy. More info after the jump.
The Star Wars rumours are coming fast and furious these days, and although they may not all turn out to be accurate, if even a fraction of them come through, we’re going to be absolutely overwhelmed with Star Wars material over the next few years. In fact, I am starting to wonder if Disney is getting a little too ambitious with their plans, but it’s obviously far too early to tell. We know that a new trilogy is in development with J.J. Abrams on board to direct the first installment, and we also heard that there may be a series of Star Wars spin-off films happening, including a possible Jedi samurai flick from Zack Snyder. Now the latest word is that there will be a series of spin-off movies that focus on individual characters from the Star Wars universe, and the first one is likely to revolve around Yoda. More details after the jump.
According to Ain’t It Cool News, the folks at Disney are currently looking at every possible way to use the Star Wars license and they are planning far ahead into the future. The standalone films may come after the next trilogy or they may accompany it, but either way it looks like Yoda is indeed going to be the first one out of the gate. What is unclear is whether or not these character pieces will be prequels, origin stories or something else entirely.
Joe Johnston has mentioned several times over the years that he would like to direct a Boba Fett movie and AICN also reports that Lucas has been throwing around an idea for a Jabba the Hutt movie. Let’s face it, the possibilities are endless, but is this a smart move or would it water down the franchise and remove the mystery surrounding certain characters? Are you interested in a Yoda-specific Star Wars film or are there other characters that are more deserving?
Update: Bob Iger appeared on MSNBC where he confirmed that Disney is working on several character-specific standalone Star Wars films that will not be a part of the core saga. He did not reveal what characters are in development, but he did say that Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are currently writing two of these films. Check out the video below.