News of the planned Star Wars spin-off movies has dominated news-feeds for the past few days, with rumours surrounding possible character and story arcs taking on a life of their own. Now, Deadline claims that Disney have made a dramatic u-turn and announced that, “people are just kicking around ideas”, which would indicate that these spin-off projects are far from certain.
Here’s the announcement on Deadline:
“Nobody knows when these movies are even coming out. Right now, people are just kicking around ideas. Which is why you hear it’s Yoda one day and a young Han Solo another. It’s all in early development right now.” Iger, whose Disney recently bought LucasFilm, himself said yesterday during an earnings call that the concept for the new films is simply “becoming more real”. He also confirmed that Simon Kinberg and Lawrence Kasdan are going to handle the screenplays. Right now the studio’s attention is on Star Wars: Episode VII which is expected out in 2015 with JJ Abrams directing and Michael Arndt scripting.
Star Wars is a mammoth franchise, and movie speculation can quickly spiral beyond all control. This dramatic u-turn has afforded Disney some breathing room to develop a strategy that keeps both execs and fans happy.
The main problem with these spin-off movies, in relation to recent speculation, is that they are re-hashing old stories, which will have no impact on the new trilogy. This is disrespectful to a very loyal fanbase, and may have an adverse effect on future instalments, especially if the origins movies are poorly received.
There will undoubtedly be an immense amount of hype and expectation surrounding Episode VII, so with this in mind, a spin-off movie that serves as a prelude to the next trilogy would be a viable option. Disney are entering uncharted territory, in terms of Star Wars movies, meaning that they must not only introduce a new set of characters, but also establish how this next trilogy will differ from the previous ones.