New stand alone Star Wars movies have been confirmed by Walt Disney Pictures CEO Bob Iger following rumors that LucasFilm has plans for a Yoda film.
The web was set ablaze with new Star Wars fire on Tuesday when word broke that LucasFilm and Disney were planning a stand alone Yoda movie and other films beyond the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII, Episode VIII and Episode IX.
The Star Wars spin-off movies are indeed a reality says Iger who confirmed the news on CNBC (tipped by CinemaBlend).
“There has been speculation about some stand alone films in development,” said Iger, “and I can confirm to you today that in fact we are working on a few stand alone films.”
Iger went on to say that Lawrence Kasdan, who penned Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and writer Simon Kinberg are both working on new Star Wars films about “great Star Wars characters that are not part of the overall saga.” The Disney CEO also mentioned that a number of other Star Wars films will be released in the six year period between Episode VII and Episode IX.
Iger also revealed that the impact on Star Wars fans will be even greater than ever with new products and properties in the Star Wars atmosphere.
In other news, Iger confirmed that Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are both serving as consultants on Episode VII under the direction of J.J. Abrams.
The latest news sheds a lot more light on the involvement of Kasdan and Kinberg after rumors broke last year that the writers were working on Episode VIII and Episode IX. Now it appears they are in some capacity.
Which Star Wars character do you think should get a stand alone movie?