Disney CEO Bob Iger has confirmed speculation that there will be "standalone" Star Wars movies beyond the upcoming third trilogy.
"I can confirm to you today that in fact we are working on a few standalone films," Iger said in an interview Tuesday on CNBC. "Larry Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are both working on films derived from great Star Wars characters that are not part of the overall saga."
Iger didn't go into details on which characters or what kinds of stories will be told, but these standalone films may be coming sooner rather than later.
"We still plan to make Star Wars VII, VIII and IX roughly over a six-year period of time, starting in 2015, but there are going to be a few other films released in that period of time, too," Iger said.
When asked by CNBC's Julia Boorstin if this was an "accelerated move" to get a return on Disney's investment in Lucasfilm, Iger replied, "We have these great opportunities, because there are goods ideas out there, and some creators that are really interested in fleshing out those ideas, and we're going for it."
Kasden and Kinberg are also both working as consultants on Episode VII, planned for 2015 and to be directed by J.J. Abrams. Disney announced their purchase of Lucasfilm this past October.Here's the video: <embed name="cnbcplayer" PLUGINSPAGE="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" bgcolor="#000000" height="380" width="400" quality="best" wmode="transparent" scale="noscale" salign="lt" src="http://plus.cnbc.com/rssvideosearch/action/player/id/3000146094/code/cnbcplayershare" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" />