Feeds

Disney plans standalone Star Wars movies to go with the main trilogy

Godzilla director gets a crack at the first one, which may or may not be about Boba Fett...

The essential guide to IT transformation

A new trilogy for the Lucasfilm cash cow Star Wars is apparently not enough for Disney, which has announced that it will be working on “multiple” standalone movies from the same inspiration with its acquisition.

Boba Fett

In a post to the official Star Wars news site, Disney and Lucasfilm said that Monsters and Godzilla director Gareth Edwards would be taking the helm for the first of the separate instalments.

“In addition to the episodes of a new Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm and Disney have begun development on multiple stand-alone movies that will offer new stories beyond the core Saga,” they said.

The only other name attached to the project so far is Gary Whitta, who worked on the Telltale Games adaptation of The Walking Dead and wrote the screenplay for The Book of Eli, a 2010 movie starring Denzel Washington. Whitta, who will be writing the script for the new adventure, is very, very excited to be involved.

"From the moment I first saw the original movie as a wide-eyed kid, Star Wars has been the single most profound inspiration to my imagination and to my career as a writer,” he gushed.

“It is deeply special to me, so to be given the opportunity to contribute to its ongoing legacy, especially in collaboration with a film-maker as talented as Gareth, is literally a dream come true. I'm still pinching myself."

There have been rumours for some time that Disney would be entertaining the idea of some standalone movies to go with the core saga, much as Marvel Studios has done so successfully with its Avengers characters.

Disney is no doubt hoping it can move Star Wars from its fifth place on the highest grossing franchises of all time, past the Tolkien-inspired films, James Bond and Marvel to vie with the great leader of them all, Harry Potter.

While the studio hasn’t been forthcoming on what these extra films might be about, the idea of origin stories for some of the Star Wars universe’s best-loved characters has been frequently bandied about. Boba Fett has been a popular choice for the rumour mill, while Yoda and Han Solo, both fully fledged characters when they pop up in the original series, have been mentioned as well. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
Banking apps: Handy, can grab all your money... and RIDDLED with coding flaws
Yep, that one place you'd hoped you wouldn't find 'em
No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate
Some assignments, even the Bongster decline must
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls
From Clippy to Clippers: Hi, I see you're running an NBA team now ...
Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media
Yanked footage featured British-accented attacker and US journo James Foley
Primetime precrime? Minority Report TV series 'being developed'
I have to know. I have to find out what happened to my life
Broadband slow and expensive? Blame Telstra says CloudFlare
Won't peer, will gouge for Internet transit
Netflix swallows yet another bitter pill, inks peering deal with TWC
Net neutrality crusader once again pays up for priority access
prev story

Whitepapers

Best practices for enterprise data
Discussing how technology providers have innovated in order to solve new challenges, creating a new framework for enterprise data.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?