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Disney Confirms 'Star Wars' Spin-Offs for Individual Characters -- Yoda's Up First

Thompson on Hollywood 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.
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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.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.