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...

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

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. ®

Remote control for virtualized desktops

More from The Register

next story
MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'
PM urged to 'prioritise issue' after Facebook hindsight find
Assange™ slumps back on Ecuador's sofa after detention appeal binned
Swedish court rules there's 'great risk' WikiLeaker will dodge prosecution
NSA mass spying reform KILLED by US Senators
Democrats needed just TWO more votes to keep alive bill reining in some surveillance
'Internet Freedom Panel' to keep web overlord ICANN out of Russian hands – new proposal
Come back with our internet! cries Republican drawing up bill
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Go beyond APM with real-time IT operations analytics
How IT operations teams can harness the wealth of wire data already flowing through their environment for real-time operational intelligence.
The total economic impact of Druva inSync
Examining the ROI enterprises may realize by implementing inSync, as they look to improve backup and recovery of endpoint data in a cost-effective manner.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.