From the Liberty Voice (click the link for the full article):
Disney executives are currently finalizing plans for a possible Star Wars Han Solo origin movie for release in 2016. According to Jay Rasulo, Disney’s Chief Financial Officer the origin movies will be devoted to the film’s franchise main characters like Solo, the bounty hunter Boba Fett and even the Jedi master Yoda. Star Wars, the epic space adventure franchise created by George Lucas has enjoyed successful run in the theaters as well as in the franchise business for more than 30 years already.
Han Solo (originally played by Harrison Ford), the rogue and shady pilot who was introduced in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) will first be the focus of such origin movies. Succeeding movies thereafter will revolve around Yoda and Boba Fett for release in 2018 and 2020 respectively and if plans will push through.
Although initially a rumor, such plans for origin movies or spin-offs are slowly gaining ground to be realized anytime soon. In an investors’ conference of Disney stakeholders, Rasulo made a promise that new Star Wars movies would be released filling in the gaps between the releases of the main saga franchise. This means that after the release of Episode VII due for 2015, origin movies will take the center stage beginning with the story of a young Han Solo and how the character later joined forces with the other Star Wars protagonists. The Episode VII will be directed by J.J. Abrams who also helmed the latest Star Trek movies.So the new franchise wouldn't necessarily focus on Solo so much as use him as a springboard for exploring the seedier side of the Star Wars universe.