Back when it was announced earlier this year that Disney would be bringing the last Star Wars trilogy to life (Episodes VII-IX), they also announced that in between each of those film releases, they would also be releasing a stand-alone film. While we have had lots of information about Episode VII, there has been little revealed about what these stand-alone episodes will focus on, until now.
Disney confirmed last week that these stand-alone episodes will be origins stories. Rumours abound that these stories will focus on different characters from the original trilogy (Episodes IV-VI) and given the time period between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope (roughly 19 years), there’s plenty of material to explore about the characters we know and love.
The Guardian reports that speaking to investors during a conference call last week, Disney’s chief financial officer Jay Rasulo established that that movies would be “origins story film” and that the saga was “not a new franchise for kids”. In fact there’s a plethora of stories begging to be told, “The sky’s the limit. There’s incredible flexibility. It’s an unbelievable palette to create from.”
In fact writers have long been digging into the past of some of Star Wars iconic characters. During the late 1970s-1980s, there were books written about the origins of Han Solo and his adventures with Chewbacca as well as a spin off trilogy of Lando Calrissian books. Following the revived interest in the original trilogy in the 1990s, there have been more books released looking at Han Solo and Obi-Wan Kenobi during the rise of the empire period.
Back in February, Ain’t It Cool News’ Harry Knowles reported that the first of these films would focus on our favourite Jedi Master, Yoda. A few days later, EW said that both Han and the bounty hunter Boba Fett would each be getting their own films as well.
No official word as yet has been said about who the first film will focus on (I know who I’d like to see with their own movie), but with the main focus on Episode VII and this movie meant to be released in 2016, we may have to continue waiting patiently.