Disney CEO Says ‘At Least’ 3 ‘Star Wars’ Spinoffs in Development

Published 12 months ago by , Updated May 7th, 2014 at 8:48 am,

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Star Wars seems to be what everyone is talking about these days, first with the big cast reveal last week for Star Wars: Episode VII and more recently with the film’s rumored subtitle, ‘The Ancient Fear.’ But now that some of the intense speculation is out of the way and principal photography on the movie is beginning very soon, everyone is looking to what’s next for the franchise in terms of sequels and spinoffs.

We already know that Star Wars: Episode VII will jump-start a new trilogy of films, continuing where the original trilogy left off and featuring the return of characters like Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia. We also know separate spinoff films will be released between each of these main films, though they will not overlap with the storyline from the old and new trilogies like films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

And now we have an actual number for how many spinoffs are being planned. During the Walt Disney Company’s second quarter earnings conference call today, CEO Bob Iger confirmed to journalists, including ones at Variety and WSJ, that “at least three” spinoffs are in development for production over the next decade on top of the new trilogy. Essentially, if everything goes according to plan, there could be a new Star Wars film every year starting in 2015.

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This news appears to jibe with previous rumors that Boba Fett, Han Solo and Yoda are the characters getting their origin stories told in the spinoff films. Lawrence Kasdan (co-writer of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi) is said to be writing the Boba Fett spinoff, and based on other reports we can only assume Simon Kinberg (co-writer of Sherlock Holmes) will write the Han Solo film. There has been no word yet on who is working on the Yoda project.

Another key part of Iger’s reveal is that he says there will be be “at least” three spinoffs. Considering that two of these projects already have writers attached, but are supposedly many years away from theaters, it’s possible Disney is actually planning for them to release much sooner than anticipated.

Indeed, they could be merely the first of many spinoffs to come, and in time we could even see two or three new Star Wars films each year. At that rate, Disney and Lucasfilm will definitely need a story group to manage continuity in the universe.

What do you think, Screen Rant readers? Do you want to see a multitude of spinoffs released between the main Star Wars entries? Let us know in the comments.


Star Wars: Episode VII opens in theaters on December 18th, 2015.

Source: VarietyWSJ

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  1. Wouldn’t mind if they still used Starkiller. That would be a fun movie. Plus the actor who potrayed him in the games is still young and would probably be down for it.

    • Especially now that Being Human is over.

  2. These films will be among the biggest money grabs Disney has done in their history.

    • Pretty sure the pixar stuff holds that crown tightly.

  3. I was afraid this was going to happen, Disney going way overboard now that they have aquired the Star Wars franchise. Sure, I love Star Wars just like the next guy, but this is going to lead to Star Wars burn out. You see the same sort of thing with videogame franchises that have yearly game releases like Assassins Creed. People get burned out. A new film every 2-3 years is fine, but at this rate we will have new Star Wars films on a yearly basis. That is not a good thing in the long run.

    • Yep, they did the same thing with Marvel! People are getting so tired of new Marvel movies every year! /s

      • People are tired of Marvel movies every year?

        In what country?

    • Except that people aren’t burnt out on Assassins Creed since they keep selling very well.

  4. Spins off, should be based on the origin of the sith-jedi beginning, then split into darth bane trilogy, Jedi Master Vos(order 66 survivor) and Mace Windu diverse origin spin off, also jedi/sith masters revan and malak

  5. Potential Spinoffs
    Anyone hear about the Star Wars Zombie novel set on a dead in space Star Destroyer? I’d be down for that. Something akin to the REAVERS of FIREFLY? That could be a great divergent movie set apart from the rest of the Star Wars worlds to keep things fresh while doing something different. Thinking a slightly toned down Dead Space as well.

    Sith – Dig deep. Don’t just make them fallen Jedi. In the previous expanded universe that is no longer valid the Sith were not just dark jedi, but even more sinister.

  6. Just go ahead and acquire the rights to the Alien franchise and make a Star Wars meets Alien movie

  7. So this is how stars wars ends…with thunderous applouse.

    • You win the internet today good sir.

      • Maybe if he had spelled applause correctly..lol. He gets an internet honorable mention.

  8. Greedy you have become Mouse. The dark side I sense in you!

  9. A Fett solo film could be pretty cool. Make him an anti-hero that’s contracted out to kill some pretty devious fellows and maybe add in some betrayal. Mix that in with plenty of blaster fried aliens and you have a pretty good movie. Clint Eastwood/Dollars Trilogy in space type of deal. I dunno about a Solo or Yoda film. I’d rather see some completely unrelated stuff like an adaptation of the Zombie story. I think Solo was in that story so just write him out of it. Maybe also adapt one of the Galaxy of Fear stories. They were aimed more at children but you could spice them up a bit into a PG rating or maybe even a PG-13 and make some good movies out of those stories.

    • Please all stop suggesting things they will never do? PG-13? Zombies? I mean, why not a Star Wars universe-set 300 million dollar gonzo porno called “You know you want to Leia”? Like, for God’s sake, lolz…

      • Episode III was PG-13.

  10. Ok, if I was in charge of this whole universe, here’s what I would do in terms of the spinoffs:
    For the Boba Fett film, Joe Johnston has already expressed interest in directing and he’s alright, so I’ll hand him the job. I think Jeremy Renner would be terrific in the main role.
    For Han Solo, look there’s no one else who can play him other than Harrison Ford. I don’t really know what to do for this one. Maybe use old Ford footage and CGI effects (they have some great technology at their hands, so that should be fin). And then Ford can just play the older version in person obviously (the aforementioned was in terms of the younger version of his character). I think Steven Spielberg may be an ideal choice to helm this (and it may get the ball rolling for Indy 5).
    For Yoda, obviously Frank Oz would play him. I’d mostly stick to a more lighthearted film for this one, and I’d love to see Joss Whedon do this.
    Then, I’d love to see Darth Maul and General Grievous spin offs.
    Darth Maul could be portrayed by Sean Bean (who would be terrific) and I guess it would take an assassin sort of storyline obviously. I’d take Doug Liman to direct.
    Now, in terms of General Grievous, who was my favorite character growing up and is probably the most underrated Star Wars character imo, I’d pick the original choice Gary Oldman to portray him for this film. Would be interesting to see Alfonso Cuaron (outside of the box choice) direct this.

    • Thank god you are nowhere near to being in charge… Sorry, but all this just sounds horrible ^^

  11. I think one of the spinoffs should be about Darth Plagus or how Palpatine leaned about the Dark side and another should be about Anakins dad.

    • Anakin doesn’t have a dad, he was conceived by Plagus and Sidious using the force -_-

  12. I just want more Darth Maul and epic lightsaber fights. Episode I defined my childhood.

    • My condolences, for your loss.

      • Ha!

  13. I would love to see a spin off that has nothing to do with Jedi/sith or with the main characters. Introduce a stand alone story based in the Star Wars Universe. The universe is so rich and full of potential, why be so narrow minded and focus on a single aspect? Why not make a movie about a group of pilots, soldiers, smugglers or bounty hunters?
    The Rogue Squadron series was awesome in the EU, why not work with somthing like that?

  14. An Ackbar and Nien Numb buddy cop movie would effin slay

  15. I have been a SW fan since I can remember…Wasn’t born in ’77 and was only one when Empire came out, but I saw ROTJ in the theater as a 4 year old (what was my dad thinking? LOL)…all that being said, I grew up with SW on VHS, and read a lot of the EU as a teenager.

    I say all this because I have never once understood the fascination with Boba Fett. Especially after we see where he actually came from Episode II, I just find his character extremely bland and boring.

    But that’s just my opinion. I know plenty of people love him, and while I’d watch a movie if he was the lead, it would not interest me nearly like a Han Solo or a Yoda film.

    • My son will be 4 once Episode VII comes out and that’s going to be his first movie!

  16. I kept seeing these comments about Starkiller in every thread. I had no idea who he was, except Lucas’ original idea for Skywalker’s name. Thought I had missed a book along the line. Then my nephew told me “Starkiller is a character from some video games.”

    After hearing that, I’m glad there’s no talk of Starkiller

    C’mon, name one video game or video game character that translated well to film… and don’t say Tron, it translated to game from film.

    • Game characters don’t translate well because it’s difficult to build that universe onto screen. This universe is already built, it’s call Star Wars. And the actor they modeled him from is literally the spitting image and is still young to play the character in a spinoff.

  17. Forget the fett movie. Just bring back boba from the dead and keep his adventures a mystery, that’s what made him so popular in the first place.