‘Star Wars’ is Plotting “At Least” Three Spinoff Films
Ever since George Lucas sold ‘Star Wars‘ to Disney a year and a half ago, there’s been word of sequels and spinoffs in the works. But the production of ‘Star Wars: Episode 7‘ took longer to launch than expected, and so the effort to create those standalone films was put on the back burner. Now that ‘Episode 7′ is days away from shooting, Disney is beating the drum again, and have announced they’ll be at least three new spinoffs coming before 2024.
That was the word from Marc Graser, who was listening to Disney CEO Bob Iger talk in a stockholders call. Graser tweeted this:
Disney’s Bob Iger says at least three #StarWars spinoffs are planned as part of plan to mine sci-fi franchise over next decade.
— Marc Graser (@marcgraser) May 6, 2014
What’s funny about this is that we started hearing rumors about these spinoffs well over a year ago, with Boba Fett and Yoda mentioned for possible standalone adventures, and with Zack Snyder reportedly developing his own Jedi movie inspired by ‘Seven Samurai’ (though at this point Snyder’s unlikely to make one as he’s booked up for the next four years or so). We’ve also heard recently that those looking to spin off Boba Fett into his own movie had trouble staying true to the character when turning him into a leading Man(dalorian).
What this news means is that now that ‘Episode 7′ is finally under way, they have a better sense of where the universe is going, and likely they wanted to get the new trilogy up and running before they started announcing the standalone films. But, maybe more importantly, ‘Star Wars‘ was a four billion dollar purchase for Disney, one that was done in October 2012, and one that won’t start paying theatrical dividends until December 2015. So telling the stockholders you have elaborate plans is smart.