Standalone Star Wars movies confirmed by Disney CEO Bob Iger.
There’s been speculation about some standalone films that are in development, and I can confirm to you today that in fact we are working on a few standalone films. Larry Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are both working on films derived from great Star Wars characters that are not part of the overall saga. So we still plan to make Star Wars 7, 8 and 9 roughly over a six-year period of time, starting 2015. But there are going to be a few other films released in that period of time too.
This week, rumors hinted at a Yoda movie being planned, while not too long ago, there were whispers of Zack Snyder being brought in to create a Star Wars standalone movie heavily influenced by Kurosawa's Seven Samurai
. Whether either rumor bears any truth or Disney has something else in mind, we'll have to wait and see. But "great Star Wars characters that are not part of the overall saga" can be interpreted quite broadly. As the article at Screenrant suggests, this could go from relatively minor movie characters to popular characters from other media.