Star Wars Spinoff Films Coming

Stand-alone movies will be in addition to planned trilogy
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2013 9:52 AM CST
Stormtroopers from the Star Wars movie series move through the crowd at the Star Wars Celebration Europe event in London, Friday July 13, 2007.   (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

(Newser) – It's a Star Wars avalanche: In addition to the coming Episodes VII, VIII, and IX, Disney plans to produce a number of spinoff movies that revolve around certain characters, CEO Robert Iger tells CNBC. No word yet on which characters will be featured in the standalone films (rumor is Yoda is up first), but Iger says they are "great ... characters that are not part of the overall saga."

Lawrence Kasdan (who wrote Return of the Jedi, The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Big Chill, The Bodyguard, the list goes on...) is working on the new films with Simon Kinberg (Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Sherlock Holmes), and JJ Abrams recently confirmed he will in fact be directing Episode VII, E! notes. "The implications for Star Wars fans will be great," Iger promised. "There are these good ideas out there and good creators interested in fleshing out these ideas, and we're going for it." (Read more Star Wars stories.)

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