Disney might already be working on Star Wars spinoff films

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Jan 14, 2013, 1:38 PM EST

We already knew that Disney has hired a stable of writers to put together some future Star Wars films—but apparently those might not be the sequels we were expecting.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, previously hired writers Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi) and Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes, X-Men: First Class) might be working on spinoff films as opposed to the "proper" Star Wars Episodes: VIII-IX.

When Kinberg and Kasdan were hired, everyone assumed they were working on the next two episodes of the sequel trilogy. But now it looks like Disney is taking a page out of its Avengers playbook, and could be setting up some films set in the Star Wars universe to increase its output with the franchise.

It makes sense they'd want to capitalize as much as possible on the brand with extra films and release one every few years as previously mentioned, and if it's done well it could mean a ton of new stories to expand the existing canon. If it stinks, then it's a moot point anyway.

But the report also notes these spinoffs could become full-fledged sequels to the Skywalker journey down the line, so it seems Disney has yet to nail down its exact strategy.

What do you think? Would you prefer additional film spinoffs, or just a direct trilogy of sequels?

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)

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