'Star Wars' spin-off movies in the works, confirms Disney
Disney's developing films 'derived from 'Star Wars' characters that aren't part of the overall saga'
US sci-fi website AICN recently reported that plans are underway to make several "stand-alone" Star Wars movies, with the first one apparently set to focus on classic character Yoda. Now Disney CEO Bob Iger has broadly confirmed these plans.
He told CNBC: "There has been speculation about some stand-alone films that have been in development and I can confirm to you today that in fact we are working on a few stand-alone films... We still plan to make Star Wars 7, 8, 9 roughly over a six-year period of time starting in 2015 but there are going to be a few other films released in that period too."
Iger also revealed that screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan, who co-wrote two of the original Star Wars movies, and Simon Kinberg, best known for his involvement in the X-Men franchise, are involved with the spin-off projects. "[They're] both working on films derived from Star Wars characters that are not part of the overall saga," Iger said.
Meanwhile, JJ Abrams has recently been confirmed as director of Star Wars: Episode VII. Disney has slated the film for release in 2015 and hired Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt to pen the script.