The shift in Hollywood the last few years, particularly in 2012, has been to comic-book and book-based juggernaut franchises that have a built-in fanbase, and provide the scope and room for entire entertainment cottage industries to be built within their massive shadows.
The insane success of Marvel's The Avengers formula of marrying a huge, ensemble blockbuster to spin-off films focusing on individual characters has sent studio execs running to find the next great franchise, and Disney is no different.
Disney CEO Bob Iger recently sat down at the CNBC studios to discuss finances, but the conversation quickly switched to Disney's recent acquisition of LucasFilm, and what fans can expect from the Star Wars franchise:
He confirms the rumors that fans have been buzzing about, which is that there will be stand-alone films in this new chapter of the Star Wars franchise:
There has been speculation about some stand alone films and I can confirm to you today that in fact we are working on a few stand alone films. Larry Kasden and Simon Kinberg are both working on films derived from great Star Wars characters. That are not part of the over all saga, so we still plan to make Star Wars VII, VII, and IX roughly over a six year period starting in 2015. But there are going to be a couple of there films released in that time too. I guess it is big news there has be a fair amount of speculation out there and we thought we would take the time out to day to confirm it.
Iger was also really pumped about the new direction of the franchise, and what it will mean for fans in the future:
The implication for Star Wars fans will be great. Because there will be more Star Wars release in the atmosphere so to speak, and that's new and fresh. I'm going to leave it to Kathy(Kennedy) and the Lucas team to provide all the details when they're ready. But I mentioned the two creators that are involved in Larry Kasden and Simon Kinberg. By the way they are both working with J.J.(Abrams) as consultants on Star Wars VII, and of course in Larry's case he wrote Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi, and has great pedigree with Lucas and Star Wars. So we are thrilled about that.
Iger went on to mention that several creators have pitched them ideas for potential character films, but remained mum on the exact characters that will be the focus. Rumors of both a stand-alone Yoda film or a Seven Samurai-type film from have both been kicked around, but subsequently denied.
Who do you think should get the focus in solo films from the Star Wars universe?