Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed plans for Star Wars stand-alone films that will be released concurrently with the new trilogy. In an interview with CNBC, Iger stated the films were being developed by Lawrence Kasdan (who worked on both The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi) and Simon Kinberg.
Iger also said the new trilogy would be released in a six-year-period beginning in 2015, but would not say how many stand-along films would be released during that time. He also said Kasdan and Kinberg would consult with J.J. Abrams on the new trilogy as well.
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Iger refused to say which characters would be involved in the new stand-alone films, saying he wanted to leave that to Lucasfilm CEO Kathleen Kennedy.
However, an internet rumor started by Harry Knowles of Ain’t It Cool News states the first stand-alone film would be focused on Yoda. This report must be taken with a grain of salt, however. After all, Ain’t It Cool News is the king of sloppy internet journalism, and their report is light on details. Remember also, these are the same folks who once reported that Lando Calrissian’s father Grando would appear in the prequels. Here’s what Knowles reported (profanity censored):
“Well, to start with they’re going to focus on established characters and do solo films, no, not necessarily Han Solo films, but well, f*** it… The first Stand Alone film is going to center upon YODA. At this stage specifics are sparse, but Kathleen Kennedy is putting together a STAR WARS slate… I’m wildly curious for more details on the YODA film – would this be a young or old YODA tale?”
While a Yoda movie would make perfect sense in continuing the Star Wars brand with original trilogy characters we care about, the last movie rumor involving a stand-alone film (based on the Seven Samurai tale) was quickly denied.