Disney confirms standalone Star Wars movies
As well as Episodes VII to IX, Disney confirms that standalone Star Wars movies are actively being worked on...
There's going to be no shortage of Star Wars films in cinemas over the next decade or so, as Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger has confirmed some of the studio's plans for the franchise.
Talking to CNBC, Iger reiterated that the plan is to still make a new trilogy of movies, Episodes VII through to IX, "roughly over a six year period of time, starting in 2015". Recent reports have suggested that director JJ Abrams hasn't committed to a 2015 release for Episode VII, but we'd be surprised if the movie arrived later than that.
Iger also confirmed though the growing rumours about further Star Wars movies. "There has been speculation about some standalone films that are in development", he said. "I can confirm to you today that we are working on a few standalone films. Larry Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are both working on films derived from great Star Wars characters that are not part of the overall saga".
That suggests that the rumour we reported yesterday, of a possible standalone Yoda movie, might just be on the money.
It also sounds as if Disney is looking to release a Star Wars movie a year (or thereabouts), possibly following the kind of template that Fox is gradually mapping out with its X-Men features. When any further films are confirmed, we'll let you know...
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