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Kathleen Kennedy says the Star Wars standalone films will not crossover with the Skywalker saga

Jan. 20, 2014by: Alex Maidy

We all know that Disney is using the Marvel model for the release of films beginning with STAR WARS: EPISODE VII next year, alternating primary saga films with standalone movies that explore George Lucas' science fiction universe. We also know that Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are scripting the first two of the non-Saga films which, as far as we know, are still on track to begin releasing in 2016. Rumors have flown for quite some time that the first films may center on Boba Fett, Han Solo, Yoda, or even Obi-wan Kenobi. With those all being characters in the STAR WARS films released to date, the question would be whether these spin-offs would feed into the main films like Marvel has been doing.

In a recent interview, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy addressed this and puts to rest the comparisons between Lucasfilm and Marvel and their approach to releasing movies.

George was so clear as to how that works. The canon that he created was the Star Wars saga. Right now, episode seven falls within that canon. The spin-off movies, or we may come up with some other way to call those films, they exist within that vast universe that he created. There is no attempt being made to carry characters (from the standalone films) in and out of the saga episodes. Consequently, from the creative standpoint, its a roadmap that George made pretty clear.

George Lucas has always been fairly lenient about the Expanded Universe and STAR WARS, but always kept the Saga close enough that the canon rarely ventured outside of the stories of the Skywalker clan. Kennedy did state that this was one of Lucas' directions, which may have been part of the deal when he sold his company to Disney.

So, while this does not mean the standalone films have to all be origin stories, it does mean that even if the spin-offs take place within the same space and time as STAR WARS: EPISODE VII and beyond, the characters will not be built into the story through individual films. There is still a hell of a lot of story to mine in what STAR WARS has to offer that would never require the Phase approach Marvel uses, but it still feels somewhat limiting to know that they can't even if they wanted to.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII hits theaters on December 18, 2015.

Source: Empire

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3:31PM on 01/22/2014

Dear Disney,

have you ever heard the amazing saying that goes "Less is More"?
What? Yeah, I knew you haven't.
have you ever heard the amazing saying that goes "Less is More"?
What? Yeah, I knew you haven't.
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8:20AM on 01/21/2014
As I understand it the Yoda movie will focus on his youth, being raised in the ways of the force by his parents, Kermit and Piggy. Conflict arises when Yoda takes his force training further than Kermit allows and he starts to alter from his natural puppet form into a cgi creature. It will be very moving - Oscar material.
As I understand it the Yoda movie will focus on his youth, being raised in the ways of the force by his parents, Kermit and Piggy. Conflict arises when Yoda takes his force training further than Kermit allows and he starts to alter from his natural puppet form into a cgi creature. It will be very moving - Oscar material.
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7:18PM on 01/20/2014
Hope they handle this well and we don't end up with Star Wars fatigue, because Star Wars is a universe that's ripe for standalone movies. If there are so many characters and the environment in which they exist is so vast, it will be nice to get a whole movie dedicated to aspects of a character's life and background we wouldn't have time to explore in a Skywalker Saga film.
Hope they handle this well and we don't end up with Star Wars fatigue, because Star Wars is a universe that's ripe for standalone movies. If there are so many characters and the environment in which they exist is so vast, it will be nice to get a whole movie dedicated to aspects of a character's life and background we wouldn't have time to explore in a Skywalker Saga film.
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6:57PM on 01/20/2014

what?

Im so skeptical of all this. I want to love these movies but how can they focus on yoda?
Im so skeptical of all this. I want to love these movies but how can they focus on yoda?
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5:50PM on 01/20/2014
Am I the only one who wishes that these stand alone films would focus elsewhere than on the "Skywalker" Legacy. I would like to see something that has nothing to do with a Skywalker
Am I the only one who wishes that these stand alone films would focus elsewhere than on the "Skywalker" Legacy. I would like to see something that has nothing to do with a Skywalker
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5:52PM on 01/20/2014
oops, posted before i read. forget the comment
oops, posted before i read. forget the comment
5:52PM on 01/20/2014
oops, posted before i read. forget the comment
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4:39PM on 01/20/2014

Honestly

Unless they are only ever going to be Character back story films the only era's worth depicting on film would either be the Old Republic or Legacy. They are both far enough away from the original trilogy and it's characters yet still retain everything good about Star Wars. I had always hoped that the Grand Admiral Thrawn trilogy would get made into movies (takes place 5 years after Return) but with the original cast being along in age as much as they are it just wouldn't work and i can't see
Unless they are only ever going to be Character back story films the only era's worth depicting on film would either be the Old Republic or Legacy. They are both far enough away from the original trilogy and it's characters yet still retain everything good about Star Wars. I had always hoped that the Grand Admiral Thrawn trilogy would get made into movies (takes place 5 years after Return) but with the original cast being along in age as much as they are it just wouldn't work and i can't see anyone accepting other actors in those rolls. Would be cool to some day get an animated trilogy though, that would be sweet.
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3:13PM on 01/20/2014

Most likely

...I'm going to be really sick of hearing about Star Wars by the time these come out.
...I'm going to be really sick of hearing about Star Wars by the time these come out.
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1:22PM on 01/20/2014

This COULD be good...

...as long as they don't go the route of making the spin-off/standalone films origin stories for the characters we already know and love. What is with Hollywood's obsession with focusing on cliche' origin stories for already-established characters? How did that work out for Wolverine in X-Men Origins? We don't NEED an origin story laid out for us for every character. In fact, doing so would probably cause characters like Han Solo or Obi-Wan to lose some of their mystery and magic. If they
...as long as they don't go the route of making the spin-off/standalone films origin stories for the characters we already know and love. What is with Hollywood's obsession with focusing on cliche' origin stories for already-established characters? How did that work out for Wolverine in X-Men Origins? We don't NEED an origin story laid out for us for every character. In fact, doing so would probably cause characters like Han Solo or Obi-Wan to lose some of their mystery and magic. If they decide to be a bit more creative, come up with some original, interesting characters that just so happen to exist in the Star Wars universe...this could be great!
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1:20PM on 01/20/2014

The main storyline

Does anyone know if this is going to follow the books with the yuuzhan vong?
Does anyone know if this is going to follow the books with the yuuzhan vong?
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4:37PM on 01/20/2014
nvm read it's an original story
nvm read it's an original story
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