By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood February 6, 2013 at 1:03PM
Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed during an interview on CNBC that the Mouse House will release "Star Wars" spin-offs based on individual characters. The studio, which acquired Lucasfilm with long-time Steven Spielberg producer Kathleen Kennedy attached as CEO, is wasting no time pushing forward an ambitious agenda to milk the "Star Wars" franchise for all its worth. Luckily Kennedy is something of a quality guarantee--with the combined juice of "Star Wars" and Oscar contender "Lincoln," she landed a THR cover profile.
Interestingly, Lucasfilm is going back to its "Star Wars" origins with Lucas-Spielberg collaborator Lawrence Kasdan (who not only wrote "Raiders of the Lost Ark" but "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi," widely considered the best of the lot). They're also bringing on relatively young writer-producer Simon Kinberg (who has worked in various capacities on the "X-Men" franchise) to work on the spin-offs, which will be in addition to the already planned episodes "VII," "VIII" and "IX." "VII." Lucasfilm recently confirmed that J.J. Abrams ("Star Trek" and Spielberg homage "Super 8") will helm the first reboot from a script by Michael Arndt ("Little Miss Sunshine" and "Toy Story 3"). These guys are not messing around.
Per THR, pint-sized sage Yoda will be the first character to get his own spin-off.