Bob Iger Reveals ‘Star Wars’ Han Solo Spinoff Details, Talks Plans After ‘Episode IX’

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Disney CEO Bob Iger dropped some details about the upcoming “Star Wars” movies at a USC tech conference on Thursday.

At the conference, where he also confirmed that he’s “definitely” leaving in 2019, he said he has seen Episode 8, “The Last Jedi,” and addressed how the company is handling the death of Carrie Fisher, who appears extensively in the film.

“We are not changing ‘8’ to deal with her passing. Her performance remains as it was in ‘8,’” he said. “In ‘Rogue One’, we created digitally a few characters… We’re not doing that with Carrie.”


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Iger also revealed that the next film, a standalone project on Han Solo, will follow his life from the age of 18 through 24. The film will including “acquiring a certain vehicle and meeting a certain Wookie,” he said. “You’ll also discover how he got his name.”

When Disney acquired Lucasfilm, it originally envisioned three new “Star Wars” films. But the company’s creative team is now working on “Star Wars” stories that will go well beyond Episode 9, he said. The team is thinking about “what could be another decade and a half of ‘Star Wars’ stories,” he said.

Iger was otherwise tight-lipped about Episode 8, saying that he sometimes reviews dailies “in my laptop in bed under the covers” to keep the project secret from his own teenage boys.

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  1. sure jan says:

    I pretty much agree with Paully and Faye. xD

    Nothing wrong with extending and expanding upon established characters and worlds…also nothing wrong with being an eternally youthful nerd.
    I’m not necessarily what you’d call a fan of Star Wars and the superhero stuff, I think they’re okay for popcorn entertainment…but they’re undeniably a couple of the most popular and beloved things for all ages. We’re at the point where originality is a truly difficult thing to achieve, and I for one am the type of person who always wants more and more of what I already love, so I can understand the enduring popularity of these sequels/prequels/midquels, etc. Reboots and remakes aren’t typically my thing when I’m attached to the original story and characters, but the only way for people to stop them is to stop paying to see them. ;p There is a point at which money-grubbing creators are simply abusing a great franchise and running it into the ground, but evidently the masses don’t think SW is at that point yet…!

  2. Tyrone Dichael says:

    It really sucks that kids today won’t have original stories of their own to look back on with nostalgia one day, just these endless rehashes and remakes of stuff from decades earlier because a bunch of nerds refused to grow up and Hollywood was all too happy to pander to them. Star Wars already jumped the shark back during the prequels, now Disney is determined to flog every last scrap of meat off that dead horse until the entire general public is disgusted with the brand. Grotesque end for a once-great series.

  3. Paully says:

    Disney/Pixar/Lucasfilm/Marvel is the fantastic success and class of Hollywood..
    WB/DC is the worst..
    I will visit DL Stars Wars Land in the very first few months that’s for sure..

    • Spike Killer says:

      Ugh, had no idea Tyrone hated Superman & Spiderman so much. Those characters are 50+ years old, get a f—in’ life Spiderman and leave us alone! Star Trek must tear Tyrone apart. Poor guy. Well, for an 80 year old man who only enjoyed the originals like Magnificent 7 (7 Samurai remake) and The Sound of Music (The Trapp Family). Oops!

  4. Faye Canoes says:

    Is it just me or does that press photo look like it is for a sitcom from 90’s ?

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