Hot on the heels of a Disney investor call Bob Iger went on CNBC and fully confirmed what we've known for a while: Lucasfilm and Disney are developing Star Wars standalone films that will be outside of the expanding Star Wars saga of episodes 7, 8 and 9. Iger would not comment on which characters those movies would focus on, but he did say that they would feature beloved characters from the Star Wars universe, so at least the first few movies will be direct spin-offs. He also confirmed that Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are writing standalone movies, and that they're consulting with JJ Abrams on Star Wars Episode VII, probably to help maintain a cohesive universe.
One of the most interesting things Iger said is that the next three films in the Star Wars saga will be released over the course of six years, starting in 2015, and that these standalone films will be coming out at the same time. I think what we're going to see is alternating Star Wars movie, with one every year. That means from 2015 to 2021 we're probably going to get six Star Wars movies, doubling the current total of Star Wars. And that's not even counting the very likely TV series. I think we're going to look back at the previous periods of Star Wars oversaturation as relative moments of restraint.
What characters will be getting their own movie? We've heard the Yoda rumor, and we've heard the Seven Samurai rumor. Some people are wondering if those two films aren't one and the same, and it would be kind of cool if they were. But who else deserves a film? The best guess is that none of the core characters get spin-offs, which means even R2D2 and C-3P0 remain central story characters. I'm trying to imagine a corporate scenario that doesn't involve Boba Fett getting a whole film of his own, probably ending with him taking the job to capture Han Solo. I'd be down with more adventures of Biggs Darklighter. And maybe Kit Fisto could get his own movie, and his own catchphrase: "You've been Fisto'ed!"