More than just a new trilogy on the horizon.
Back in October, Disney announced that it was buying Star Wars production company LucasFilm. At the time, the company said we could expect a new trilogy, starting with Star Wars Episode 7 in two years' time, and that it had plans to grow the franchise 'well into the future.' Apparently those plans also include more movies based on individual characters in the Star Wars universe.
Speaking to CNBC, Disney chief executive Bob Iger confirmed that the company had plans for spinoff movies and that work had already started on these projects. CBC reports that Iger told CNBC that the movies will be release in the same six-year period as the new trilogy of movies.
"We are in fact working on a few stand-alone films," CBC quotes Iger as saying. "(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."
LucasFilm, which is 100 percent owned by Lucasfilm Chairman and Founder, George Lucas, will be sold to Disney as part of a deal worth $4.05 billion. Disney said that it will pay roughly half of the consideration in cash and then issue approximately 40 million shares at closing. Speaking about the acquisition, George Lucas said that he felt it was time to hand the franchise on to a new generation.
"For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next," said Lucas. "It's now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I've always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime."
No word on how he feels about these spinoff movies, or even which characters we can expect to see star in their own titles.