Jump­ing the quark: Star Wars characters go solo

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Fol­low­ing spec­u­la­tion in such re­li­able places as (ahem) Ain’t it Cool News, Dis­ney – the new owner of Lu­cas­film – has con­firmed that, as well as forg­ing ahead with se­quels to Star Wars, the com­pany will pro­duce a se­ries of “stan­dalone” films set in the same uni­verse.

“We plan to make Star Wars 7, 8 and 9 over roughly a six-year pe­riod of time start­ing in 2015,” Bob Iger, Dis­ney’s CEO, told CNBC. “But there are go­ing to be a few other films re­leased in that pe­riod of time, too.”

Simon Kin­berg, writer of Guy Ritchie’s Sher­lock Holmes, and Lawrence Kas­dan, veteran co-au­thor of The Em­pire Strikes Back, will de­vise sto­ry­lines largely un­con­nected to those of the planned se­quels.

Pulling his dark robes about his deathly pres­ence, Em­peror Iger went on to ex­plain that ev­ery di­vi­sion of Dis­ney would be in­volved in pro­mot­ing Star Wars 7.

“The pri­or­ity of Dis­ney and Lu­cas­film is to cre­ate a great film for 2015 and do ev­ery­thing we can across our busi­nesses to help the success of that film,” he said.

But he re­fused to be drawn on which Star Wars characters would fea­ture in the stan­dalone projects. Many fans would like to see Boba Fett, in­ter­galac­tic bounty hunter, get his own space west­ern. Harry Knowles of Ain’t it Cool News has, how­ever, stated firmly that in­sid­ers have told him that the first pic­ture will con­cern Yoda. Know soon for cer­tain will we. And so on.

Back I’ll be: Yoda to get his own stan­dalone movie

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