Thursday, November 29, 2012

Is Disney Pondering ‘Star Wars’ Spin-Offs?

Disney’s plans for the Star Wars franchise could extend far beyond merely releasing three more installments of the core saga, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

We know that Toy Story 3 scribe Michael Arndt has been tapped to pen Star Wars Episode VII, while acclaimed screenwriter and producer Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi) has signed on to return to the franchise. We also know that Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes) has also been hired to write and produce a separate Star Wars film. With that, the assumption was that Kasdan and Kinberg would complete the sequel trilogy after Episode VII hits theaters in 2015. Yet, that isn’t necessarily the case.

Although Kasdan and Kinberg’s screenplays could become “Episodes” of the nine-part Star Wars saga, sources have told THR that the stories could also be transformed into spin-off Star Wars films that aren’t tethered to the main Skywalker story. Disney CEO Robert Iger has already expressed interest in releasing a new Star Wars film “every two to three years,” so it isn’t entirely out of the question that there are more than three new Star Wars films on the way. Neither Disney nor Lucasfilm has made any official confirmation as to the specifics of Kasdan and Kinberg’s screenplays, so please be sure to take this speculation with a grain of Kessel’s finest glitterstim. (Look it up.)

Releasing a new Star Wars film every couple of years is an ambitious endeavor, but I’ve always been open to side stories set in George Lucas’ expansive universe. This is probably why I read so many Star Wars novels of questionable quality in my youth. Read into that what you will.

For more on the future of the Star Wars saga, head over to HollywoodReporter.com.

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