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Disney Confirms Movies for Individual Star Wars Characters

By - Source: CBC | B 39 comments

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.

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    faster23rd , February 7, 2013 11:06 AM
    My GOD! They're going to milk it hard!
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    jacobdrj , February 7, 2013 11:45 AM
    A) JJ Abrams will get bored quick, fast, and in a hurry. It is what he does. I would be shocked if he got through even 3 movies, morel likely 2...

    B) Disney did a good job with Marvel, specifically the buildup to Avengers... (Way way better than Rami and the Toby McGuire Spiderman garbage)...

    C) Lucas was the problem with the prequels and the re-re-re-re-releases of the original films. He kept tinkering, and using poor dialogue, worse character development and uncreative plots. A new vision, a new perspective, can not POSSIBLY be worse than the drivel Lucas spewed out, even with Mickey Mouse at the helm...

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    Soda-88 , February 7, 2013 11:02 AM
    Knew it'd not take long for them to ruin SW.
  • 20 Hide
    faster23rd , February 7, 2013 11:06 AM
    My GOD! They're going to milk it hard!
  • 5 Hide
    neieus , February 7, 2013 11:18 AM
    And the money machine keeps rolling along......
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    scottpatrickbass , February 7, 2013 11:27 AM
    If they're gonna make a new movie, it should be Vector Prime...
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    bigshootr8 , February 7, 2013 11:36 AM
    Seems like an easy way to kill the series well see though. I liked it how there was the large epic movie and now its just going to be star wars XI or something like star trek lame! I like star trek but Star Wars movies were always less produced.
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    mi1ez , February 7, 2013 11:37 AM
    Ja-Ja - The Movie
  • 14 Hide
    jacobdrj , February 7, 2013 11:45 AM
    A) JJ Abrams will get bored quick, fast, and in a hurry. It is what he does. I would be shocked if he got through even 3 movies, morel likely 2...

    B) Disney did a good job with Marvel, specifically the buildup to Avengers... (Way way better than Rami and the Toby McGuire Spiderman garbage)...

    C) Lucas was the problem with the prequels and the re-re-re-re-releases of the original films. He kept tinkering, and using poor dialogue, worse character development and uncreative plots. A new vision, a new perspective, can not POSSIBLY be worse than the drivel Lucas spewed out, even with Mickey Mouse at the helm...

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    xero141 , February 7, 2013 11:45 AM
    Star Wars Origins: Jar Jar Binks
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    cats_Paw , February 7, 2013 11:49 AM
    JABBA the language kit for dummies, comming soon in Disney!
    Chewbaka, sponsored by loreal, becouse you are worth it, Comming soon!

    Lets see how badly they f... this up (so far, i never saw one company overtake others product and make it better, and im 29 years old).
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    bourgeoisdude , February 7, 2013 12:22 PM
    If they made a movie based on the Darth Revan book that'd be the one to see.
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    jtenorj , February 7, 2013 12:37 PM
    @cats_Paw: AMD buys ATi. Enter Radeon hd3000, hd4000, hd5000, hd6000, hd7000(so far). hd2000 series was delayed and already in the works before the buyout(and kinda sucked compared to later radeons). While hd3000 was better(and pretty much a die shrink of hd2000 with a few tweaks), hd4000 and later have really given nvidia a run for their money.
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    cats_Paw , February 7, 2013 12:41 PM
    @jtenorj Thats hardware, i was thinking more software, specifily, entertainment (games/movies).
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    virtualban , February 7, 2013 12:48 PM
    At the very least, make the movies sequels, not prequels...
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    jtenorj , February 7, 2013 12:53 PM
    @cats_Paw:Ah. Never mind then.
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    susyque747 , February 7, 2013 12:56 PM
    faster23rdMy GOD! They're going to milk it hard!

    I guess whn you pay that much for a franchise thats what you have to do to get your money back. Lets hope they are of good quality and they don't f it all up.
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    susyque747 , February 7, 2013 12:58 PM
    virtualbanAt the very least, make the movies sequels, not prequels...

    Some of the best Star Wars books I have read didn't have any of the known characters in them and they were prequels.
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    anxiousinfusion , February 7, 2013 1:05 PM
    I bet there's going to be a romance shoehorned into every character's story too. RIP Starwars.
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    catfishtx , February 7, 2013 1:21 PM
    I, for one, welcome all Star Wars movies. Disney did a very good job with the Marvel IP, so there is a precedent. They spent a LOT of money for the Star Wars franchise, they are not going to put out crappy movie-of-the-week type films just for the box office. Avengers was a good story with GREAT dialogue that focused on the characters.

    Seriously, who doesn't want to see the Yoda origin story? Or a Boba Fett movie in the vein of the Nolan Batman films? Heck, you could probably do a whole trilogy with Fett. And that's just the characters from the movies. Tons of other characters in the EU worth exploring.
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    Anonymous , February 7, 2013 1:23 PM
    A lot of negativity here, if anything this is exactly what Star Wars needs. I would love to see some movies about Lando Calrissian and Han Solo or all the happened with the Empire between the prequels and A New Hope.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , February 7, 2013 2:06 PM
    Quote:
    Avengers was a good story with GREAT dialogue that focused on the characters.


    Umm, no it wasn't.

    The saddest thing is that they most likely won't use the extended universe. Awesome lore exists there: Kyle Katarn hunting down Desann and Tavion with the Jedi Order's help, Luke's children, etc. But no, they'll come up with some of their own nonsense, I am sure of it.
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