In a surprisingly unsurprising announcement today, Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed rumors of Star Wars standalone films being in the works.
“(Lawrence) Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are both working on films derived from great Star Wars characters that are not part of the overall saga. So we plan to make Star Wars VII, VIII and IX over roughly a six-year period of time starting in 2015. But there are going to be a few other films released in that period of time too.”
No word on who these characters may be, although I’m sure fans will rally behind hopes for the likes of Yoda and Boba Fett. It is interesting to note in Iger’s statement, however, the “not part of the overall saga” comment. I won’t even begin to decypher what qualifies as being part of the saga and what doesn’t, but it could lead to some interesting avenues.
One rumor I will adress was an old one I was a huge fan of: A Seven Samurai jedi film. What could be better than going back to the well with more inspiration from Kurosawa? I’d love to see a darker, more adult minded film, but the question is whether or Disney could get behind it.
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Ok, so we have our first rumored update as soon as the ink on the initial rumor of standalone films started drying. This comes from Entertainment Weekly. The possibility of a Han Solo film focused on his smuggling days is being discussed, as is a potential Boba Fett film, obviously cross-over between the two is inevitable, but it also allows for other characters to come back into play.
“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.”
I’m sure this isn’t the last we’ll hear of rumors, but so far it sounds like they’re headed in the right direction. Thumbs up of approval by me.
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