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Star Wars Spin-Offs Will Be Origin Stories
Will Yoda be the first?

13 September 2013  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Variety

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Yoda, Attack Of The Clones

Disney's chief financial officer Jay Rasulo gave a presentation to an investor conference at the Bank Of America yesterday. While much of it - as you'd expect given the context - is dispiriting marketing speak about branding, merchandising and licensing opportunities, there was also one small but significant piece of intel about the new Star Wars films. We've known for some time that standalone films about famous suporting characters are in development alongside the trilogy beginning with Star Wars Episode VII. Now Rasulo reveals that those standalone films will be origin stories.

Reaffirming that we can expect a Star Wars every year from 2015 on, Rasulo's wording (only paraphrased by Variety) was that Disney will be alternating a trilogy film and "an origin story" annually. If you were an investor, you'd be reassured that that strategy sits alongside two Marvels, a Disney animation, and one or two Pixars.

Following The Lone Ranger debacle he says that budgets for each year's "one or two, maybe three" tentpole Disney live-action originals will likely be capped in future. But "of all our worries," he promises, "Star Wars is not one of them".

"The sky's the limit," says Rasulo of Star Wars. "There's incredible flexibility. It's an unbelievable palette to create from." And while he's talking there about licensing programmes that will "broker deals around the world" and encompass toys, "housewares" and huge new undertakings in Disney's theme parks, he does take a moment to insist that "the overall strategy is to put out a great film first".

Fox's attempt at its own Origins franchise with Marvel's X-Men collapsed at the first hurdle with the 2009 Wolverine movie. But with Star Wars veteran Lawrence Kasdan and producer Simon Kinberg developing their spin-off, Disney clearly have confidence in the plan.

Back in February, AICN's Harry Knowles believed he had a reliable source telling him the first Star Wars standalone would center on Yoda. If that were true, it would mean we can expect Star Wars Origins: Yoda in 2016. So we'll see...


Which Star Wars character's first adventure would you most like to see?
Yoda
Han Solo
Darth Maul
Boba Fett
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Spock
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Your Comments

stand alond STAR WARS MOVIES
I really think it would be great to do the stand alone movies but surley they should do them back to back . maybe movie shorts that last anout an hour or so. I would like to know how yoda became one with the force and bow han, lando and chewie became friends who wouldent . maybe they can tel the stories to their offspring in the movies or something. All in all it is a great idea if the right person is behind it! More

Posted by martin.mc87 at 00:30 on 01 February 2015 | Report This Post

RE: star wars origins
L: TREBOR2009 lets forget the origin stories to some point. lucasfilm & Disney have a chance to finally make amends for episodes 1-3. lets expand on the star wars we all love (leah, han solo, luke skywalker). lets see an expanded universe, rather than origin stories of those characters that either died of natural causes (yoda's 900 year reign) or boba fett. we know his origin already! an obsessed little bratt who's pissed off at the jedi for lobbing off his daddy's head. please keep it More

Posted by NeoBrowser at 03:57 on 17 September 2013 | Report This Post

WTF Empire Mod
ANOTHER comment removed, I see. Why is anyone's guess... More

Posted by Litshttam at 23:28 on 16 September 2013 | Report This Post

star wars origins
lets forget the origin stories to some point. lucasfilm & Disney have a chance to finally make amends for episodes 1-3. lets expand on the star wars we all love (leah, han solo, luke skywalker). lets see an expanded universe, rather than origin stories of those characters that either died of natural causes (yoda's 900 year reign) or boba fett. we know his origin already! an obsessed little bratt who's pissed off at the jedi for lobbing off his daddy's head. please keep it real Disney, don't fal More

Posted by TREBOR2009 at 15:19 on 16 September 2013 | Report This Post

RE: A Bad Idea, It Would Be...
L: LEEJGM Of the already established characters, e to see a Han Solo prequel with a young Han and Boba Fett crossing paths and possibly being friends at some poiny're similar ages and it would add weight to Fett's determination to capture him in ESB. I like the idea of Yoda being mysterious and I don't think he's interesting enough to carry a film on his own. hat sounds fucking terrible... More

Posted by waltham1979 at 12:56 on 16 September 2013 | Report This Post

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L: jonson The rise and fall of the Cantina band would be good. How they were interstellar stars, driven to drink and drugs, murder, extortion. I'd make it an adult film, none of this 12A bollocks, chuck in some bad language and alien sex, even an evolutionary backstory explaining why they look like cocks with eyes.ote] Nice idea - I always wanted to know what would happen if they bumped into that bloke with an arse for a face. More

Posted by horribleives at 11:56 on 14 September 2013 | Report This Post

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The rise and fall of the Cantina band would be good. How they were interstellar stars, driven to drink and drugs, murder, extortion. I'd make it an adult film, none of this 12A bollocks, chuck in some bad language and alien sex, perhaps even an evolutionary backstory explaining why they look like cocks with eyes. More

Posted by jonson at 09:41 on 14 September 2013 | Report This Post

RE: A Bad Idea, It Would Be...
Of the already established characters, I'd like to see a Han Solo prequel with a young Han and Boba Fett crossing paths and possibly being friends at some point. They're similar ages and it would add weight to Fett's determination to capture him in ESB. I like the idea of Yoda being mysterious and I don't think he's interesting enough to carry a film on his own. More

Posted by LEEJGM at 00:15 on 14 September 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Yoda's background
Disney are just going to run Star Wars in to the ground. After all we all know how the origins of Darth Vader turn out right. Used to really like Star Wars but have got bored of it now. I still enjoy Ep 4-6. More

Posted by NCC1701A at 16:49 on 13 September 2013 | Report This Post

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L: Oroborous Why? Why do we always have to see the 'origin' story of characters? What happened to characters just being able to exist, pre-formed and with a history made all the more interesting by the fact that we haven't seen it? I don't like this attitude wherein an audience isn't trusted to just accept a world and it's characters that exists outside of the confines of one film's narrative, where rather than spending time with someone interesting, we have to be dragged through the p More

Posted by BelfastBoy at 12:56 on 13 September 2013 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
The only origin story I want to see is that of Salacious Crumb, which would end perfectly on Tatooine, watching Boba Fett bring in a frozen Han Solo, into Jabba's Palace. More

Posted by mafiaingrid at 12:31 on 13 September 2013 | Report This Post

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This might be old to some, but Patton Oswalt said it best. www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDCjIjsZp_Y More

Posted by Fit Kisto at 12:16 on 13 September 2013 | Report This Post


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