WHEN: Today, Tuesday, February 5th
WHERE: CNBC's "Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo"
In a First on CNBC interview with CNBC's Julia Boorstin, The Walt Disney Co. Chairman & CEO Bob Iger confirms speculation the company is working on stand-alone films based on 'Star Wars' characters. They will not be part of the main 9-part 'Star Wars' saga. Unofficial transcript is below. Following is a link to the video on CNBC.com: http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000146094.
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BOB IGER: THERE HAS BEEN SPECULATION ABOUT SOME STAND-ALONE FILMS THAT HAVE BEEN 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 IN 2015 BUT THEY ARE GOING TO BE A FEW OTHER FILMS RELEASED IN THAT PERIOD OF TIME TOO.
JULIA BOORSTIN: SO THIS IS BIG NEWS FOR STAR WARS FANS AND ALSO INVESTORS.
BOB IGER: YES I GUESS THIS IS BIG NEWS THERE HAS BEEN A FAIR AMOUNT OF SPECULATION OUT THERE AND WE THOUGHT WE WOULD TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TODAY HERE ON CNBC AS A MATTER OF FACT TO CONFIRM THAT.
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