Disney Chief: More Star Wars 'Character' Movies on the Way

Disney Chief: More Star Wars 'Character' Movies on the Way

Postby Nutso » Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:50 am

http://mashable.com/2013/02/05/disney-s ... er-movies/

Would you want to see a Star Wars movie all about Yoda? How about Boba Fett, Admiral Ackbar or Lando Calrissian?

That's the sort of thing we can expect now that Disney has bought Lucasfilm, according to Disney CEO Bob Iger. Speaking on CNBC Tuesday afternoon, Iger confirmed rumors that the company was working on "standalone" Star Wars films about various big names from the Lucas universe.

"I can confirm we're working on a few standalone films," Iger said, adding that Lawrence Kasdan (who wrote Empire Strikes Back) and Simon Kinberg (writer of several X-Men films) were already working on them. "They are not part of the overall saga."

So these films would not be part of the regular chronological stream of franchise movies in the series — Episodes VII, VIII and IX are already confirmed and in the planning stages, with J.J. Abrams confirmed to direct the first.

Rather, each of the films Iger is alluding to would focus on a separate Star Wars character, and have more of a biographical bent. The plan is to release them in the same period of time as Episodes VII through IX — in other words, between 2015 and 2021.

Marvel, also owned by Disney, is the presumed model here: we're talking about the Star Wars equivalent of the Captain America, Thor and Hulk films, whereas the regular Star Wars Episode movies would be the ensemble equivalent of the Avengers.

Harry Knowles of Ain't It Cool News, a mainstay of Hollywood gossip, had reported Monday that a standalone Yoda movie was in the works — though Knowles was unsure about what period of Yoda's live the movie would cover.

"At this stage specifics are sparse, but [Lucasfilm chief] Kathleen Kennedy is putting together a Star Wars slate," Knowles said.

Given that Yoda lived for 900 years, there's plenty of potential story to choose from when covering our little green friend. Indeed, there's potential for a whole new trilogy.

A movie about Yoda's first love?
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Re: Disney Chief: More Star Wars 'Character' Movies on the W

Postby Jim » Wed Feb 06, 2013 12:14 pm

Lando Lando Lando...
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Postby Nutso » Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:39 pm

Jim wrote:Lando Lando Lando...

Played by Will Smith?
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Re: Disney Chief: More Star Wars 'Character' Movies on the W

Postby Tyyr » Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:40 pm

Good, get away from the trilogies and the grand sweeping drama. I'd rather not see them retread the old cast but do character movies with a new cast but I'll take some baby steps in getting away from the previous style.

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Postby stitch626 » Wed Feb 06, 2013 7:36 pm

Qui'Gon... same actor, and a far from the PT story. It would be awesome.
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Postby Mikey » Wed Feb 06, 2013 7:42 pm

Seconded, so long as they give Neeson something other than that trite "Be mindful of your feelings" crap dialogue.
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Postby RK_Striker_JK_5 » Wed Feb 06, 2013 7:48 pm

How many? I don't think it'd be a good idea to saturate the market with too many films.
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Postby Tyyr » Wed Feb 06, 2013 7:52 pm

We are talking Disney here. Also the market didn't saturate with superhero films at one a year just from Marvel. I doubt you'll get saturation if you bring out a Star Wars film every year or two.

That said, as much as I like Liam Neelson if I never see Qui-Gon again I'll be a happy man.
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Postby Tsukiyumi » Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:57 pm

A Mace Windu movie could be awesome. Or Obi-wan between RotS and ANH.

Maybe a Darth Maul movie. :wink:
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Postby Captain Seafort » Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:01 pm

Tsukiyumi wrote:Or Obi-wan between RotS and ANH.


Twenty years of sitting in a hut, on a dustbowl, moping. Not my idea of a great film. It's a pity they're so unlikely to make a Dooku film, given that Lee isn't up to that sort of long-distance travel any more.
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Postby RK_Striker_JK_5 » Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:56 am

Tyyr wrote:We are talking Disney here. Also the market didn't saturate with superhero films at one a year just from Marvel. I doubt you'll get saturation if you bring out a Star Wars film every year or two.

That said, as much as I like Liam Neelson if I never see Qui-Gon again I'll be a happy man.

Oddly enough, Qui-Gon was the best part of TPM for me. ;)
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Postby Tsukiyumi » Thu Feb 07, 2013 4:53 am

Captain Seafort wrote:Twenty years of sitting in a hut, on a dustbowl, moping. Not my idea of a great film. It's a pity they're so unlikely to make a Dooku film, given that Lee isn't up to that sort of long-distance travel any more.


:lol:

I thought about that; there's nothing in canon saying he was there the entire time. He could've had a few off-world adventures in the interim.

I considered Dooku also; would be great if they could show him as a Jedi, before he left the order.
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Postby Jim » Thu Feb 07, 2013 12:19 pm

Maybe some old republic stories.
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Re: Disney Chief: More Star Wars 'Character' Movies on the W

Postby Tyyr » Thu Feb 07, 2013 3:43 pm

RK_Striker_JK_5 wrote:Oddly enough, Qui-Gon was the best part of TPM for me. ;)

What did he even do in the movie, what was his role?
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Re: Disney Chief: More Star Wars 'Character' Movies on the W

Postby Mikey » Thu Feb 07, 2013 3:56 pm

Tyyr wrote:
RK_Striker_JK_5 wrote:Oddly enough, Qui-Gon was the best part of TPM for me. ;)

What did he even do in the movie, what was his role?


I agree with your questions - he was made to be little more than a jumping-off point for Obi-Wan. That's one of two major issues with Qui-Gon Jinn, the other being that his dialogue was made to be little more than trite and hackneyed phrases taken verbatim from "The Lazy Writer's Jedi Handbook." Be that as it may, there was still an unmistakable sense of real, interesting character and story under that shoddy veneer - which would certainly be helped along if Neeson were gotten to reprise the role under a writing and direction team that allowed that character to be expressed.
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