After rumors quickly began to circulate about Disney and Lucasfilm's plans for their "Star Wars" spin-off projects, the studios have been quick to confirm the existence of these films. Not only have they been confirmed, but the nature of the projects and the timetable for the franchise's near future have also been laid out.
Disney chief Bob Iger was first out of the gate last night when he confirmed that the studio indeed plans to produce "Star Wars" films that will stand apart from the upcoming sequel trilogy. Furthermore, these films will be released concurrently with the sequels, which the studio plans to release "roughly over a six-year period of time starting in 2015."
Doing the math, it sounds as if we're in store for at least five "Star Wars" films over the next six years, as Iger also revealed that Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are each "working on films derived from great characters that are not part of the overall saga."
Today, those characters were revealed to be Han Solo and Boba Fett, both of whom will be receiving the spin-off movie treatment. While an earlier rumor suggested that the first standalone film would center on Yoda, it looks as if Disney and Lucasfilm will dip into other familiar wells first.
Entertainment Weekly broke this news and confirmed that the Solo film will detail the Corellian smuggler's origin story and will be set between "Revenge of the Sith" and "A New Hope." Meanwhile, the Boba Fett film will likely take place at some point during the Original Trilogy since the bounty hunter's origins were already explored in "Attack of the Clones."
The latter project might finally allow Joe Johnston to helm the Boba Fett film that he pitched a few years ago, and his past working relationship with Kathleen Kennedy almost makes it feel inevitable.
That these films will revolve around such prominent characters also seems inevitable, if not a little disappointing for fans that may have expected Disney to explore the more obscure corners of the "Star Wars" universe. Instead, it looks like the studio will play it safe for now by sticking to more popular and familiar elements.