‘Star Wars’ Stand-Alone Movies Will Be Origin Stories

Disney CFO Jay Rasulo confirmed during an investor conference that the studio will release one new ‘Star Wars’ movie a year starting in 2015.

Disney's Star Wars spin-off movies will be origin stories
Disney's Star Wars spin-off movies will be origin stories
We know that Disney plans on releasing Star Wars: Episode VII in 2015, Star Wars: Episode VIII in 2017 and Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019, with two spin-off movies arriving in 2016 and 2018. Disney CFO Jay Rasulo spoke at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference in Beverly Hills earlier today, where he revealed that the spin-offs will be "origin movies."

We first reported on the spin-offs in February, when Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed that Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are writing the movies. The next day, we confirmed that the movies will focus on Han Solo and Boba Fett.

The Han Solo movie will take place between Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, with Boba Fett's movie occurring between Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope and Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, following the bounty hunter on one of his most dangerous missions along with numerous sidekicks.

Jay Rasulo also spoke about broadening LucasFilm's merchandising base into international markets, since the company previously only focused on U.S. licensing programs. Disney's in-house licensing and consumer products teams will spend the next year making deals around the world to broaden the reach of this brand.

"We will lay the groundwork for that ... and when the film comes out in 2015, we'll be ready to blow it out."

When asked if he was worried that today's children aren't aware of the Star Wars brand, the executive had this to say.

"This is not a new franchise for kids. The sky's the limit. There's incredible flexibility. It's an unbelievable palette to create from."

The executive also noted that the studio plans on implementing a cap on film budgets, in the wake of Disney's box office bomb The Lone Ranger.

"There needs to be a cap on (budgets of) tentpole franchise movies. Going forward, we will see a cap on spending on those movies."

Does this mean the new Star Wars films will be low budget affairs? Look for unknowns to take the leads, which will ensure a cutting of costs as Disney plans at least five back-to-back movies over the course of the next six and a half years.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes to theaters December 18th, 2015 and stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.

Untitled Star Wars Han Solo Spin-Off comes to theaters in 2018 and stars Harrison Ford. The film is directed by Josh Trank.

Rogue One comes to theaters December 16th, 2016 and stars Felicity Jones. The film is directed by Gareth Edwards.

Sources: Variety

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Comments (17)

  1. Sebastian Lopez


    10 months agoby @Sebastian-Lopez-75181429Flag


    @themoviefanatic - Their talking about making origin stories based on Han, and Boba Fett hence they will be prequels.

    @bawnian-dexeus - Agree.

    @ledouchee -Nice casting.

    2 years agoby @Number1WolverineFlag

  3. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Making them origin stories is really no different than the prequel trilogy.

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  4. Diaigma

    Didn't expect anything else :P

    2 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  5. Ledouchee

    Garrett Hedlund - Han Solo, Anthony Mackie - Lando Calrissian

    2 years agoby @ledoucheeFlag

  6. David garcia

    Wait a sec! Did Joe Johnston said that he wanted to do a boba fett film after he did captain america.

    2 years agoby @David-garcia-67788063Flag

  7. jasdjqs

    uuummm., not sure this is a good idea

    2 years agoby @jasdjqsFlag

  8. ed_wood

    Hmmm. I'm a huge Star Wars fan and I have no interest in these so far.

    2 years agoby @ed-woodFlag

  9. LuxoIII

    Here's my problem: they're REALLY limiting themselves if they just resolve themselves to making origin films. Origins are best left with superheroes, where the natural prequel is one that tells how a being with an incredible power acquires these abilities, but the Star Wars universe is so expansive that you can take almost any character (made up or previously created) mixed with tons of scenarios for infinite possibilities! Maybe they'll just start with prequels, then expand as audiences become more comfortable with new characters.

    2 years agoby @brady1138Flag

  10. Sean

    @Number1Wolverine It doesn't say anything in the article about the Star Wars stand-alone movies/origin-stories being prequels.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag


    No more prequels.

    2 years agoby @Number1WolverineFlag

  12. WongFu

    I see what Disney is trying to do - its the same with the Marvel deal.
    They are expanding well known universes.

    2 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  13. Mr.K


    2 years agoby @mr-kFlag

  14. thedude-abides

    Hm.. This sounds eerily familiar.

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

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