Update: Entertainment Weekly reports that the two planned spin-off movies will focus on a young Han Solo and fan favorite Boba Fett. Though the story’s unnamed source “cautioned it’s still very early in the process,” they confirmed that this is the direction the films are currently taking. The Han Solo film would take place in the period between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope while the Boba Fett story will be set either between the events of A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back or between Empire and Jedi. Disney and LucasFilms have not commented on the reveal.
Yesterday, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that, in addition to releasing a new trilogy of Star Wars films, the company will also be hard at work planning spin-off movies.
In an interview with CNBC, Iger stated that Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi scribe Lawrence Kasdan and X-Men: The Last Stand co-writer Simon Kinberg will be developing the films.
Although Iger stated that the production of these additional films is in the very early stages, he did confirm that they will be “derived from great Star Wars characters.” Early reports by the likes of Ain’t It Cool News have speculated that one spin-off film will focus on Yoda.
Prior to the official announcement of J.J. Abrams as the Episode VII director, reports surfaced that Man of Steel director Zack Snyder was set to direct a samurai-themed, non-trilogy film. These reports, however, were later denied by the filmmaker’s reps.