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Disney confirms stand-alone 'Star Wars' films

By Gina McIntyre, Los Angeles Times (MCT) • Feb 6, 2013 at 11:07 AM

LOS ANGELES — Last month, news that J.J. Abrams would direct “Star Wars: Episode VII” took the entertainment world by storm.

Now a new conversation begins: Who’ll direct the “Star Wars” spinoff movies that Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are writing?

In an interview with CNBC Tuesday, Walt Disney Co. chairman and CEO Robert Iger confirmed that in addition to releasing “Star Wars: Episode VII,” Disney will also distribute “a few” stand-alone films that are not part of the overall saga.

Kasdan, who co-wrote the screenplay for “Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back,” and Kinberg are working on the scripts for two of those projects.

Online speculation has suggested Yoda would be the subject of one of the movies, but Iger did not specify which characters might receive stand-alone treatment.

It’s big news that is sure to generate a lot of talk on the part of “Star Wars” fans, many of whom had a decidedly mixed reaction to word that Abrams had been handed the keys to the “Star Wars” franchise. Some suggested that no one man should creatively control both “Star Wars” and “Star Trek.”

Abrams, of course, rebooted “Star Trek” for the big screen in 2009 to much acclaim and rousing box-office receipts, with the film collecting upward of $385 million.

His follow-up, “Star Trek Into Darkness,” is due in theaters May 17.


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