Disney’s PR department has barely had time to catch its breath. Immediately after announcing that J. J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII, the first of a new series of Star Wars films from Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, the outfit had to alert the universe that Disney isn’t waiting to cash in on its new franchise.
Bob Iger, Disney chairman and CEO, told investors that while the initial focus was on the anticipated sequel trilogy, the studio has already commissioned two spinoff films — a Young Han Solo adventure, depicting the smuggler’s origin story and taking place in between Episodes 3 and 4, and a Boba-Fett movie.
Few of you are old enough to be amused by the idea of reincarnating Kevin Corcoran (of the “Little Moochie” serials on Mickey Mouse Club) to play Young Han Solo, but that’s the kind of goshwow-gee-whiz sort of character the title brings to my mind. Which is probably wrong, because the full-grown Han Solo is a good-hearted outlaw. More likely they’ll turn Young Han Solo into Fonzie with a furry friend.
One of the spinoffs will be scripted by Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and co-writer of Return of the Jedi). The other will be written by Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes, Mr. and Mrs. Smith). Who is assigned to each film has yet to be announced.
[Thanks to David Klaus for the story.]