Bob Iger has given an interview to CNBC in which he provides a great deal of new information about plans for the Star Wars franchise. Check it out:
Big Shiny Robot summarizes Iger’s announcement thusly:
- The standalone films are confirmed with Kasdan and Kinberg working on them. There are “a few of them.”
- They are based on characters not involved in the Saga (this is vague and could be taken either way)
- Star Wars: Episode VII is still expected to drop in 2015.
- Other films will come out concurrently in that same period of time, leading me to believe that we will be getting a Star Wars film every year starting in 2015.
- Kasdan and Kinberg are consulting with JJ Abrams.
The intriguing aspect about all this for John Carter sleuths is . . . . did the whole Star Wars acquisition start in May 2011 when Iger and Lucas happened to both be at Disney World Orlando for an event? Or has this been in the works longer than that? The amount of prep going on so quickly after the acquisition is an interesting piece of the puzzle . . . . .
It’s also perhaps relevant in the sense that there are those among the John Carter fan base who have been holding out hope that Disney/Lucasfilms could be a home for future John Carter sequels. I’ve never subscribed to that — and the fact that they are now actively and aggressively prepping “standalone” Star Wars films (that is, films other than Episodes 7,8,9) is a pretty clear indication, as if one were needed, that JC doesn’t figure into the Disney/Lucasfilms plans.
[Thanks to Yancy Evans for tipping us to the Iger clip and other aspects of the Disney/Lucasfilms situation.]