Disney Chief Says “More Star Wars ‘Character’ Movies on the Way”
Well the Disnifying of Star Wars has begun.
Disney CEO Bob Iger says, “I can confirm we’re working on a few standalone films.” Adding that, “They are not part of the overall saga.”
I guess that means we can all get ready for movies about characters like Yoda, Boba Fet, Admiral Ackbar, Lando Calrissian, Wicket, Fode & Beed, J’ywz’gnk Kchhllbrxcstk Et’nrmdndlcvtbrx, Bib Fortuna, Droopy McCool and the dreaded Jar Jar Binks. Perhaps even a Jabba and Ziro the Hutt buddy pic. Maybe they drive across Tatooine in a Land Cruiser for a fun filled road trip.
So far Iger’s plan is to release these character flicks around the same time period as Episodes VII through IX (between 2015 and 2021).
I think I speak for everyone when I say, we’ve all been waiting for an Admiral Ackbar, Bib Fortuna and Droopy McCool buddy pic.
UPDATE: I did a little research online and so far the only two planned spin-offs I could find include a young Han Solo saga, and a Boba Fett bounty hunter adventure.
From Entertainment Weekly: 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), so although it’s possible Harrison Ford could appear as a framing device, the movie would require a new actor for the lead — one presumably much younger than even the 35-year-old Ford when he appeared in the 1977 original.
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.
Lucasfilm and Disney declined to comment on the information.