Star Wars Spinoffs Described as ‘Origin Story’ Films

As officially announced back in February, the future of Star Wars on the big screen is bright. Following J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII in 2015, Walt Disney Pictures plans to release a series of standalone spinoff films focusing on different characters from throughout the franchise’s fantasy universe.

Today, Disney CFO Jay Rasulo described the projects (via Variety) as “origin story film[s],” suggesting that some of the planned features might provide insight into how fan-favorite characters began their adventures a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

“Larry Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are both working on films derived from great ‘Star Wars’ characters that are not part of the overall saga,” Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger told CNBC earlier this year.

Rasulo, today, reiterated plans for a tentpole Star Wars release every year beginning in 2015. While previous rumors have suggested that the first such project, tentatively planned for 2016, will follow the adventures of Han Solo and/or Yoda, nothing specific has as of yet been confirmed.