‘Star Wars': Disney confirms stand-alone films

Feb. 05, 2013 | 2:34 p.m.
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J.J. Abrams, who has made a name for himself writing, directing and producing such hits as "Lost" and "Star Trek," was tapped in January to direct "Star Wars: Episode VII." (Tracey Nearmy / European Pressphoto Agency)

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Abrams made his first foray into television in 1998, co-creating the coming-of-age drama "Felicity," which starred Keri Russell as the title character. The show won a Golden Globe and an Emmy. (The WB)

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Abrams created the Jennifer Garner-starring spy thriller series "Alias," which won four Emmys and a Golden Globe. (Norman Jean Roy / ABC)

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J.J. Abrams on the set of "Mission: Impossible III," the first feature film he directed. The film earned nearly $400 million at the worldwide box office. (Paramount Pictures)

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Director J.J. Abrams and star Tom Cruise on the set of "Mission: Impossible III." (Paramount Pictures)

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Director J.J. Abrams and star Tom Cruise pose atop Shanghai's historic Bund 18 building after wrapping up filming in China for "Mission: Impossible III" on Nov. 30, 2005. (Associated Press)

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Abrams co-created "Lost" with Jeffrey Lieber and Damon Lindelof. The suspense-filled show followed a group of people after their plane crashed on an island. The massively popular series became a cultural touchstone, with millions of viewers tuning in for twist after twist. (ABC)

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J.J. Abrams is photographed in Los Angeles in April 2006. (Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

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J.J. Abrams, second from left, poses with the cast members from "Fringe," a sci-fi television series he co-created with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. (Rich Lam / Getty Images)

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J.J. Abrams reveals his first casting for his 2009 reboot of "Star Trek" during a 2007 Comic-Con panel in San Diego. (Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times)

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A scene from Abrams' 2009 film "Star Trek," which raked in more than $385 million worldwide. (Paramount Pictures)

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Steven Spielberg, left, co-produced the 2011 film "Super 8," which J.J. Abrams wrote and directed. The pair are shown here at a 2009 dinner honoring Spielberg in Beverly Hills. (Michael Kovac / WireImage)

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J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg on the set of "Super 8." (Paramount Pictures)

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Director J.J. Abrams and actor Kyle Chandler on the set of "Super 8." (Paramount Pictures)

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Young actors Joel Courtney and Riley Griffiths discuss a scene with director J.J. Abrams on the set of "Super 8." (Paramount Pictures)

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J.J. Abrams, left, and Eric Kripke executive produce the post-apocalyptic adventure series "Revolution." The pair are photographed here at Abrams' company Bad Robot in Santa Monica on Aug. 20, 2012. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

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Abrams, second from left, shares the stage with "Star Trek Into Darkness" actor Benedict Cumberbatch, star Chris Pine and producer Bryan Burk during a December 2012 press conference for the sequel to their 2009 blockbuster. (Koji Sasahara / Associated Press)

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J.J. Abrams and his wife Katie McGrath are co-chairs of the Children's Defense Fund of California. They're photographed here in December 2012. (Mark Davis / Getty Images)

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J.J. Abrams is photographed in Beverly Hills in June 2011. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

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J.J. Abrams is photographed in Beverly Hills in June 2011. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Last month, news that J.J. Abrams would direct “Star Wars: Episode VII” took the entertainment world by storm.

Today, a new conversation begins — who’ll direct the “Star Wars” spinoff movies that Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are writing?

In an interview with CNBC Tuesday, Walt Disney Co. chairman and CEO Robert Iger confirmed that in addition to releasing “Star Wars: Episode VII,” Disney will also distribute “a few” stand-alone films that are not part of the overall saga.

Kasdan, who co-wrote the screenplay for “Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back,” and Kinberg are working on the scripts for two of those projects.

Online speculation has suggested Yoda would be the subject of one of the movies, but Iger did not specify which characters might receive stand-alone treatment.

It’s big news that is sure to generate a lot of talk on the part of “Star Wars” fans, many of whom had a decidedly mixed reaction to word that Abrams had been handed the keys to the “Star Wars” franchise. Some suggested that no one man should creatively control both “Star Wars” and “Star Trek.”

Abrams, of course, rebooted “Star Trek” for the big screen in 2009 to much acclaim and rousing box-office receipts, with the film collecting upward of $385 million.

His follow-up, “Star Trek Into Darkness,” is due in theaters May 17.

– Gina McIntyre

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6 Responses to ‘Star Wars': Disney confirms stand-alone films

  1. Tony says:

    We pillage, we plunder, we rifle and sack — hey, wait, that's supposed to be Disney's pirates, not Disney itself! They'll flog this horse until it has no life left in it, then they'll rip off the skin and sell the hide, mix the meat in with some beef and serve it up and still find a way to scrape off the bones. One day, Disney will go back to its roots of being a creative company but I'm not holding my breath we'll see that happen in my lifetime. I was born the year after Walt Disney died and now I've seen his company fall into the great abyss of Profit Above All. Sad, sad indeed.

  2. Two Words: "Han Solo" The most underrated Star Wars character. His absence (or similar type of character) contributed to the overall lameness of the prequels.

  3. Johnz52 says:

    Wow can't wait to see Carrie Fisher try to get into that costume she wore as Jabba's pet babe. Throw in Harrison Ford as Hans Solo and you can entitled it "Star Wars Episode VII: Revenge of the AARP."

  4. JKH says:

    What a bunch of mean-spirited pricks here. Star Wars is for kids. Go whine elsewhere.

  5. Ebonvoice says:

    Dude, Star Wars initially was not intended for children. Remember: Han Shot First.

  6. Buckels says:

    Well…I Think That The Level Of "Disney Bashing." Would Last For 6 Months…

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