'Star Wars' Spinoff Films Confirmed By Disney

J.J. Abrams' 'Star Wars' sequel getting company from stand-alone films set in the Lucasfilm universe.

J.J. Abrams is living the geek dream, standing at the helm of two of science fiction's greatest franchises: "Star Trek" and "Star Wars." But he won't be the only one at the helm of a "Star Wars" movie, according to new comments made by Disney's own Bob Iger.

The Walt Disney Company chairman and CEO confirmed on Tuesday that there are indeed films in development, in addition to the already announced trilogy of new "Star Wars" entries beginning with Abrams' "Episode VII."

"There has been speculation about some stand-alone films that have been in development, and I can confirm to you today that in fact we are working on a few stand-alone films," Iger said on CNBC's "Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo."

Iger added that "Empire Strikes Back" writer Lawrence Kasdan and "X-Men: First Class" scribe Simon Kinberg, both of whom were tapped by Disney to work on new "Star Wars" material in November 2012, are contributing to the stand-alone "Star Wars" movies.

"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 confirmed. "We still plan to make 'Star Wars 7,' '8' and '9' 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's confirmation of "Star Wars" stand-alone films comes in the middle of new rumors surrounding that galaxy far, far away. On Monday evening, Ain't It Cool News founder Harry Knowles reported that Disney would begin their stand-alone "Star Wars" movies with a film based on the legendary Jedi warrior Yoda. In January, it was reported that "Man of Steel" director Zack Snyder was working on a "Star Wars" film loosely based on Akira Kurosawa's classic "Seven Samurai." Snyder's representatives vehemently denied the report; Disney officials have yet to specifically address the Yoda rumors.

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