Disney CEO Bob Iger Confirms Stand Alone STAR WARS Films
While rumors have been running wild, Disney CEO Bob Iger has just confirmed that the company does plan on branching out the Star Wars brand by developing solo movies for some of the universe's characters.
Today, Disney CEO Bob Iger was chatting about this recent quarters earnings with CNBC when the conversation was switched over to their recent acquisition of LucasFilm. While talking about the deal, which included LucasFilm's huge Star Wars franchise, Iger confirmed that rumors are true, and that the company will be developing solo Star Wars films. Larry Kasden and Simon Kinberg have been tasked with bringing these projects to life.
Confirming The Stand Alone Movies:
"There has been speculation about some stand alone films and I can confirm to you today that in fact we are working on a few stand alone films. Larry Kasden and Simon Kinberg are both working on films derived from great Star Wars characters. That are not part of the over all saga, so we still plan to make Star Wars VII, VII, and IX roughly over a six year period starting in 2015. But there are going to be a couple of there films released in that time too. I guess it is big news there has be a fair amount of speculation out there and we thought we would take the time out to day to confirm it."
On What This Means For Fans:
"The implication for Star Wars fans will be great. Because there will be more Star Wars release in the atmosphere so to speak, and that's new and fresh. I'm going to leave it to Kathy(Kennedy) and the Lucas team to provide all the details when they're ready. But I mentioned the two creators that are involved in Larry Kasden and Simon Kinberg. By the way they are both working with J.J.(Abrams) as consultants on Star Wars VII, and of course in Larry's case he wrote Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi, and has great pedigree with Lucas and Star Wars. So we are thrilled about that."
The most recent rumor floating around is that a movie based on a solo Yoda adventure was in the works. However, Iger denied to say which characters would be getting the solo film treatment. He did say though that they have had several "creators" pitch them ideas, and want to bring some characters to life. The one that most recently comes to mind is Zack Snyder, and him possibly developing Seven Samurai type Star Wars movie. Snyder's reps have denied this claim, but it wouldn't be the first time someone has denied their involvement with the franchise only to take the job (I'm looking at you Abrams). For the latest on all things Star Wars, make sure to check back here at CBM.
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