You must do what you feel is right, of course
Rumours have been circling for the last couple of weeks that along with the confirmed trilogy of sequels to the Star Wars films, a series of stand-alone movies were also being planned. This has been confirmed by Disney and Lucasfilm, with strong hints that at least one of the two films may feature the adventures of Yoda.
The official statement from Lucasfilm reads thus:
'The Star Wars cinematic galaxy is about to experience a Big Bang. Lucasfilm is officially announcing new spinoff films that will expand the mythos and depths of the Star Wars universe in previously unexplored ways.'
'One of the standalone films will be written by Lawrence Kasdan, screenwriter of The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and co-writer of Return of the Jedi while the other will be penned by Simon Kinberg, writer of Sherlock Holmes and Mr. and Mrs. Smith.'
'The movies will be separate from the upcoming Episodes VII, VIII, and IX, on which Kasdan and Kinberg are also consulting, and are expected to be released sometime after Episode VII. Each standalone film will focus on a specific character, and two spinoff films are currently confirmed.'
'In a call to investors, Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, revealed while the original focus was on the highly-anticipated sequel trilogy, the idea of spinoff films was bandied about early and the additional films are now becoming a reality. "We are in development of a few standalone films," he said, "that are not part of the Star Wars saga...there are now creative entities working on developing scripts for what would be those standalone films."'
Well, as they paid $4bn for Lucasfilm, Disney will be wanting to get their money back but is there a danger that they could dilute the Star Wars brand yet further? Perhaps not, bearing in mind the ubiquity of Star Wars merchandising.
Let's just hope the further adventures of Yoda are more entertaining than his adverts for a certain mobile phone service provider. He came very close to turning to the dark side with those...