Sounds like Disney is going to go hog-wild with "Star Wars."
The Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday unveiled plans to make a number of spinoff movies set in the "Star Wars" universe, in addition filming Episodes 7-9.
Entertainment Weekly reported it learned details on two of the spinoff projects: once concerning a young Han Solo, another on Boba Fett.
Walt Disney Co. chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced the plan Tuesday as part of the company's quarterly earnings report, according to IMDB.com. He said screenwriters working on the stand-alone films are Simon Kinberg ("Mr. & Mrs. Smith," "Sherlock Holmes") and Lawrence Kasdan ("The Empire Strikes Back," "Raiders of the Lost Ark").
The pair is also involved in the drafting of the new trilogy, with Michael Arndt ("Little Miss Sunshine," "Toy Story 3") penning the first of the series, which J.J. Abrams will direct. That film is scheduled to hit theaters in 2015.
Well, this is certainly better news than a movie about a young Jar-Jar Binks.
Lucasfilm and Disney declined comment.
The Han Solo story would take place between "Revenge of the Sith" and "A New Hope." The Boba Fett film would take place either between "A New Hope" and "The Empire Strikes Back," or between "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi." In the prequels, we learned he was the son of the original storm trooper clone, played by Temuera Morrison, who's still the
The Han Solo and Boba Fett projects would also allow Darth Vader to return, giving us all a chance to forget what a whiny little mess he was before Obi-Wan Kenobi dumped him into the lava.
Ain't It Cool reported Monday that a Yoda film may be in the works, and earlier last month Vulture reported Zack Snyder may create a Seven Samurai-inspired Star Wars spinoff, although the filmmaker later said that was untrue.