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“Star Wars” Standalone Films Confirmed

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In director Lawrence Kasdan’s not-very-well-received 2012 film “Darling Companion,” which was about a group of middle-aged people looking for their lost dog, there’s a scene in which Kevin Kline and Diane Keaton are having an argument, and even though they’re facing opposite directions, the sun is behind both of them. This led my friend Sean Burns to joke in his review that perhaps “the movie actually takes place on Luke Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine,” which of course had two suns.

As it turns out, Kasdan’s next film may be set on Tatooine after all.

Disney CEO Robert Iger on Tuesday confirmed that Disney and Lucasfilm are indeed working on standalone “Star Wars” film, which will exist separately from the previously  announced sequel trilogy.

Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are working on those films, Iger told the AP, although Disney did not confirm rumors from earlier this week that one of the new films will focus on the character of Jedi Master Yoda.

The standalone films will come out during the period that the sequels are released, indicating a strategy similar to Fox’s separate “X-Men” franchises. 

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