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J.J. Abrams is officially on board to direct Star Wars: Episode VII, the first entry in a new trilogy. As Abrams gets the mothership in order, you better believe Disney is working on the fringes to realize the full potential of their recently acquired franchise. In particular, Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are reportedly developing scripts that ?could form the basis for spinoffs focusing on side characters.? One possibility that surfaced is Zack Snyder?s version of Seven Samurai in the Star Wars universe. Since Snyder?s reps quickly shot that down, it?s time to move on to the next rumor which involves Yoda.

AICN hears the first standalone movie will center on Yoda. Details are obviously scarce?Old or young? CGI or puppet??since Episode VII won?t arrive until 2015 at the earliest. But Yoda: Jedi Grand Master sounds great to me. He seems like the right character (strong yet mysterious) to test out the spinoff waters. For comparison, AICN also hears that George Lucas has pitched a Jabba the Hutt movie around Lucasfilm.

http://collider.com/star-wars-yoda-spinoff/

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Wonder how long its going to be before we start to get straight to dvd budget movies of Star Wars. Disney likes to do that with established franchises.

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Confirmed Stand Alone movies are in Development

Walt Disney Pictures Chairman and CEO Bob Iger has confirmed rumors that the studio is looking at a series of Star Wars films that will see release independent of the new trilogy and that will focus on specific characters from the overall Star Wars universe.

"There has been speculation about some stand-alone films that are in development," Iger tells CNBC. "I can confirm to you today that, in fact, we are working on a few stand-alone films. Larry Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are both working on films derived from great 'Star Wars' characters that are not part of the overall saga. We still plan to make Episodes 7, 8, and 9, roughly over a six-year period of time, starting in 2015. There are going to be a few other films released in that time, too."

Iger goes on to say that Kasdan and Kingberg are serving in a consulting capacity on J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII with Michael Arndt supplying the screenplay. Both writers are simultaneously working on new, as of yet unknown, Star Wars films.

The news arrives on the heels of yesterday's rumor that claimed the first such film would follow the adventures of Yoda. While that rumor has not been confirmed, Iger's comments suggest some truth to the reports.

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i wonder if they're going to make them musicals

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Disney is going to find a way to screw up Star Wars yet. I knew they would.

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So far it's been one good decision followed by an utterly idiotic one: they get Michael Arndt for the screenplay - good; they get Jar Jar Abrams as the director - bad, or to be more fair, so safe and boring it's bad; they ditch the remaining 3D re-releases in order to strictly focus on the new trilogy - good; they stop focusing on the new trilogy by announcing standalone movies - bad.

I mean, what on Earth can they do with the standalone movies? Do a Star Wars: Origins - Yoda? What else?

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Yeah nice said syanide, I particular like the Jar Jar Abrams bit. Just focus on doing the sequel properly first and stop seeing dollar signs left right and centre for 5 minutes.

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They have more then enough money and people to focus on two movies at the same time... you know kind of like what they've done with Marvel.

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They have more then enough money and people to focus on two movies at the same time... you know kind of like what they've done with Marvel.

Yeah that's what I would like to see, kinda like the Marvel strategy and I think it can work well

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Good god , If you get like this about a film, Id hate to see you around Women.

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I was thinking how isn't this going to lead to massive franchise fatigue (people really excited to oh god, not again) if they overdo it, then considered that this is exactly how they are approaching Avengers.

It might also be reasonable to suppose that Avengers will start to die off in its present form in the next few years, and the Star Wars franchise will take its place.

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If Star Wars is done right then a film every year is great news; if it's done badly then they'll run the franchise even further into the ground. Personally I'm optimistic that we'll see some decent films considering the pedigree of directors involved and the franchise having changed hands. Then again, I'd rather this treatment was being given to Star Trek.

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The original trilogy was ....I dont even need to say how EPIC they was/still are.The last lot was pants....entertaining to a certain degree but not awesomesauce.So much potential to create a true SW universe , For goods sake all they need to do is read some books already published lol.

Found this fan film more entertaining than the new stuff TBH :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvubKf3BK04

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'Star Wars' spin-offs: A young Han Solo movie, and a Boba Fett film

Entertainment Weekly has learned details on two of the spin-off projects: A young Han Solo saga, focusing on the wisecracking smuggler?s origin story, and a bounty hunter adventure with Boba Fett at the center of a rogue?s gallery of galactic scum.

Sources close to the projects confirmed this was the direction the development was taking, although they cautioned it?s still very early in the process and, well, the deal could always be altered futher. Lucasfilm and Disney declined to comment on the information.

The Han Solo story would take place in the time period between Revenge of the Sith and the first Star Wars (now known as A New Hope), so although it?s possible Harrison Ford could appear as a framing device, the movie would require a new actor for the lead ? one presumably much younger than even the 35-year-old Ford when he appeared in the 1977 original.

The Boba Fett film would take place either between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, or between Empire and Jedi, where the bounty hunter was last seen plunging unceremoniously into a sarlacc pit. Exactly who would play him isn?t much of a complication ? in the original trilogy, he never took off his helmet. And in the prequels, we learned he was the son of the original stormtrooper clone, played by Temuera Morrison, who?s still the right age for the part if his services were required.

In addition to bringing back two fan-favorite characters as the leads of their own films, the Han Solo and Boba Fett projects would also allow Darth Vader, in full-on black death-metal gear, to return as a villain, since placing the spin-offs within the original trilogy would mean he is still alive and hissing. That timeline would also open the door for a return from visit with everyone?s favorite degenerate slug-like gangster, Jabba the Hutt.

Walt Disney Co. chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced the existence of spin-off plans yesterday as part of the company?s quarterly earnings report. He said the screenwriters working of the stand-alone films are Simon Kinberg (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Sherlock Holmes) and Lawrence Kasdan (screenwriter of The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark and the filmmaker behind The Big Chill.)

The pair are 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 has agreed to direct. That film is scheduled to hit theaters in 2015.

There is no indication who might direct the Boba Fett and Han Solo films if they end up coming to fruition. Joe Johnston, director of Captain America and The Rocketeer, originally designed the armor for Boba Fett and told Screenrant he would like to make a film based around the character. Recently, Robert Rodriguez told MTV he would jump at the chance to make a Han Solo film if it were offered to him ? although that seemed more like casual interest than a serious proposal.

The recent novel Scoundrels, by sci-fi author Timothy Zahn, focused on the exploits of Solo in the period between A New Hope and Empire as he set up an Ocean?s 11-type heist of a gangster?s fortune. But sources said it was not the basis for any film currently in the works.

As for other spin-offs, Ain?t It Cool reported Monday that a Yoda-centric film may be in the works, and earlier last month Vulture reported Zack Snyder may create a Seven Samurai-inspired Star Wars spin-off, although the filmmaker later said that was untrue.

Lucasfilm has ramped up its development in recent months under the new leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, who stepped in as co-chair of the company as Star Wars creator George Lucas stepped back and sold the company to the Walt Disney Co.

Kennedy, who has her eighth nomination for the Best Picture Oscar this year as producer of Lincoln, has a long track record of making films that strike a nerve with the original Star Wars generation, among them E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and everything from Gremlins to The Goonies and the Back to the Future movies.

The question now: If these films do happen, who would you cast as a young Han Solo ? or should they cast someone as relatively unknown as Ford once was?

http://insidemovies.ew.com/2013/02/06/star-wars-spin-offs-young-han-solo-movie-boba-fett/

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So far it's been one good decision followed by an utterly idiotic one: they get Michael Arndt for the screenplay - good; they get Jar Jar Abrams as the director - bad, or to be more fair, so safe and boring it's bad; they ditch the remaining 3D re-releases in order to strictly focus on the new trilogy - good; they stop focusing on the new trilogy by announcing standalone movies - bad.

I mean, what on Earth can they do with the standalone movies? Do a Star Wars: Origins - Yoda? What else?

A yoda standalone would be awesome imo.

The others not su much.

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If they make a young Han movie, hopefully they don't butcher his backstory like Lucas did with Anakin.

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Disney can't do any worse with the franchise than Lucas has over the past 15 years.

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How can yoda be in the film, didn't he die?

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How can yoda be in the film, didn't he die?

Think on Yoda: Origins; The story on how master I became.

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Honestly the way I see it, and keep in mind I saw Star Wars: A New Hope in the theater at the young age of almost 4 years old and it forever altered my psyche (in a great way mind you) is they really cannot get much worse then the last 3. And I sincerely mean that. The Star Wars franchise has already been tainted forever in my mind thanks to those 3 movies, so if they can somehow salvage it and make better movies than those 3, nothing lost at all, and possibly something gained. That remains to be seen.

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In addition to bringing back two fan-favorite characters as the leads of their own films, the Han Solo and Boba Fett projects would also allow Darth Vader, in full-on black death-metal gear, to return as a villain, since placing the spin-offs within the original trilogy would mean he is still alive and hissing. That timeline would also open the door for a return from visit with everyone?s favorite degenerate slug-like gangster, Jabba the Hutt.

At least seeing Vadar again would be awesome. I can see a Han Solo origins story but Boba Fett not so much. Fett is not that interesting a character to begin with.

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Fett is not that interesting a character to begin with.

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